How to Connect the PS3 to Your Computer

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

Things Needed

  • Windows-based computer
  • Home network

A PlayStation 3 can connect to your Windows-based computer and stream videos, music and photos off of it for you to enjoy. Both the PS3 and the Windows-based computer must be connected to your home network, but you do not have to install any hardware because both have the Digital Living Network Alliance (DNLA) standard built into their operating systems. The setup only requires a few minutes to execute and neither the Windows-based computer or the PS3 will be restricted in any way by being able to connect together.

Turn on the PS3. Turn on the Windows-based computer. Download and install the Windows Media Player 11 program to the computer's desktop (see the link in Resources). Restart the Windows-based computer.

Run Windows Media Player 11. Go to the "Library" menu. Select "Media Sharing" in the window that appears. Click on the "Share media" check box. Select the icon of the PS3 from the list under the check box. Click on "OK" to close the window.

Navigate from the Home menu in the PS3 to the "Photo," "Music" or "Video" icon. Select the Windows-based computer's folder under the icon. Select a file from the folder and press the "X" button on the game controller to view a photo, listen to music or watch a video from your Windows-based computer on the PS3 that is connected to it.

Tip

Optimize the videos on the PC so that they can stream as efficiently as possible through the home network.

Warning

Both the PS3 and the PC must be on the same network, be that wired or wireless, in order to communicate with each other.

About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."