How to Make Playstation 3 Region Free

Updated March 23, 2017

The Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) is a video game console that also doubles as a DVD movie player. DVD discs are categorised into one of eight regions, meaning that a DVD from one area will not play on DVD players from other areas. For example, American and Canadian DVDs are categorised as Region 1 DVDs, and Region 2 covers DVD discs in Japan, South Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Greenland. The region specification for DVDs is used as a tool against piracy. A Sony PS3 unit sold in the United States is set up to play only Region 1 DVDs. However, with the right software, you can import (rip) a movie from any region onto your PC and copy (burn) it to a DVD that will be playable on your PS3. The following steps are specific to the software programs DVD Shrink and DVD Decrypter, but other DVD ripping and burning software programs work in similar fashion and have the same functions.

Place the DVD from the region your PS3 does not recognise into your PC CD/DVD drive.

Open DVD Shrink and click "Open Disk."

Choose your DVD movie location and let DVD Shrink analyse the disc as the movie loads.

Select "Menu" under "Full Disk Backup" and select "Custom Ratio" in the "Video" drop-down menu.

Move the slider to the left to shrink the video.

Choose "Extras" if you want to add any extras from the DVD and repeat steps 4 and 5 for each extra you add.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 for any unreferenced material.

Click "Full Disc" and choose "ISO Image" on the "Backup DVD" screen. Select "Target Image File" as the ISO Image name and location. Click "OK."

After encoding is complete, the "Backup Computer" screen shows you the location of the DVD ISO. Make a note of this location before you burn a copy of the movie to DVD.

Insert a blank DVD into your CD/DVD drive.

Open DVD Decrypter.

Choose "Mode," and then select "ISO" and "Write."

Specify the folder containing the movie files under "Source." Choose your CD/DVD drive under "Destination" and click the arrow button to burn the DVD.

Insert the DVD containing the copy of the movie into your PS3. Burning the DVD removes any region coding, allowing the PS3 to recognise and play the DVD.


It is legal to make backup copies only of DVDs that you own. Do not distribute or sell you backups, as this is illegal.

Things You'll Need

  • Personal computer with CD/DVD drive
  • DVD ripping software (such as DVD Shrink)
  • DVD burning software (such as DVD Decrypter)
  • Sony PlayStation 3 console
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Jason Candanedo is currently a student at Empire State College, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in social theory, social structure and change. He has been writing since August 2008 on his political blog and since September 2009 as a freelance writer for various websites.