How to Open a PS3 Console

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Torx screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver or flat piece of metal

For tech gurus, it can always be interesting to see what is inside a video game console. Whether to better understand your PlayStation 3 or to try a DIY approach to repairing it, it is not very difficult to disassemble the console. Warranties are jeopardized by taking apart the PS3. Even for the most savvy of technicians, it is an economic risk to do this task. Disassemble the PS3 at your own risk.

Place your PS3 in a lighted area. Unplug it and make sure there is no electric charge going through the console.

Remove the rubber foot located at the top of the arc of the PS3 using a flathead screwdriver or piece of flat metal. Use a torx screwdriver on the screw underneath the foot.

Slide the top of the case off. Take the top off the PS3 after sliding the case.

Use the Phillips-head screwdriver on the seven screws on the second cover of the console. Carefully lift this second cover off to reveal the inside of the console.


  • Be careful when lifting the covers off of the PS3 to avoid damage to the console.


  • Make sure there is no electric charge in the console. Unplug it and let it set out for a few minutes to be sure there is no charge.


About the Author

Andy Smith is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he maintained one of West Virginia's only columns dedicated to comic books—"Panel to Panel with Andy Smith." Honing his skills in reporting, video, still photography and various multimedia venues, he has appeared in several publications ranging from home state newspapers to abroad.