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How to Install PSN Games From a USB

A USB drive can transfer files between the PS3 and a computer.
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The PlayStation Network is an online service accessible to users of Sony’s PlayStation 3. The network allows users to download movies, music, pictures and games directly onto the PlayStation 3. Files downloaded from the PlayStation Network can be accessed by navigating through the PlayStation 3’s Xmedia bar. The PlayStation 3 can install content from a USB flash directly to the Xmedia bar.

Things You'll Need:

  • Playstation 3
  • Playstation 3 Dual Shock Controller
  • Usb Flash Drive

Turn on the PS3 by pressing the center "PlayStation" button on the PS3 Dual Shock controller.

Insert the USB Flash drive into a USB port on the front of the PS3.

Navigate through the Xmedia bar until you reach the “games” icon. Scroll down and select the “USB Flash Disk” option with the "X" button on the controller.

Select the game file that you want to install and press the “triangle” button on the PS3 Dual Shock controller.

Select the “copy” option from the menu. The options menu will close after selecting the “copy” option.

Highlight the game and press the “X” button on the controller to select it.


Only files recognized by the PS3 can be copied to the PS3.

All PSN purchases are registered to your PSN username account and will not work if you are not signed in with the account that purchased the game.


  • Hacking a PS3 to play unregistered content is a violation of the PlayStation terms of use and may result in termination of your PSN account.
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