Update the PS3 System Software using the [System Update] method.
Note: you can also update the PS3 System Software by downloading via a PC or by using a disc that contains the update data.

Required Items

  • PlayStation®3 system.
  • SIXAXIS wireless controller connected to the PS3 with a USB cable
    You must have the SIXAXIS wireless controller connected to the PS3 system directly via a USB cable before you attempt to do a System Update. If you do not have a USB cable to connect the SIXAXIS wireless controller , do not attempt to do the System Update.
  • Internet access (wired or wireless* connection).
    * Available only on PS3 systems that are equipped with the wireless LAN (WLAN) feature.
    You must create the necessary network settings for the PS3 system before performing a system update. For details, read more on how to connect the PS3 system to a high-speed wired network or a wireless network.


  • Do not turn off the PS3 system during an update. If an update is cancelled before completion, the system software may become damaged, and the system may require servicing or exchange.
  • During an update, the power button on the system front and PS button of the controller are inactive.
  • Make sure the SIXAXIS wireless controller is plugged directly to the PS3 system via USB cable at all times.

System Update Instructions

  1. From the XMB home menu, select PS3 XMB Settings Button (Settings) >  (System Update) , and then press the PS3 Select Button button.
  2. Select [Update via Internet], and then press the PS3 Select Button button.
    The system automatically searches for and finds the latest version of the update data.
  3. Download the update data.
    If a new version of the system software is found, an update is necessary. Press the PS3 Select Button button to start downloading the update data. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform the update.
  4. Confirm that the update was successful.
    After the update has been completed, go to PS3 XMB Settings Button (Settings) >  (System Settings) > [System Information]. If the [System Software] field displays the version number of the update, the update was successful.


  • Depending on the content, you may not be able to play without first updating the system software.
  • After you have updated the system software, you cannot go back to an earlier version.
  • To find out more, see PS3 System Software Update.

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