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How to Play USB Media on a PS3

Expand the use of your PS3 by plugging your USB device in.
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The PlayStation 3 console contains a lot of advanced technology. For example, it has the ability to play Blu-ray discs. The PS3 also offers some basic, useful features, like USB compatibility. There are two or four USB ports on the front of the system that are used to charge the PS3's wireless controller. You can also use these ports with your USB device to listen to music or watch video files.

Transfer your music or video files from your PC to a USB flash drive or an external hard drive. If you're using an external hard drive, make sure it is formatted to FAT-32.

Plug the flash drive or hard drive into an available USB port on the front of the PS3 console. Turn the console on.

Navigate to the appropriate application in the PS3's main menu. Select either "Music" or "Video," depending on what you want to view or listen to.

Highlight the USB device and press the triangle button on the PS3 controller.

Select "Display All" and your music or video files will come up.

Select your song or movie and press the "X" button to play it.


  • If you're using an external hard drive and have to reformat it to FAT-32, back up your data first. Reformatting the drive will erase it completely.

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