How to Connect a Windows XP PC to a PS3

Written by joshua benjamin
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When it comes to connectivity and sharing, Sony has always been the Catch-Up Kid. When Microsoft released it's Xbox 360, it came with the capability to share movies and other media with a PC connected on the same network. The PS3, on the other hand, had no such option until the 1.80 firmware update came out. At last, PS3 owners were given the ability to share songs, movies and pictures with a PC connected on the PS3's network. Of course, a few steps do need to be taken before such sharing is possible from the PC's end.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • PlayStation 3 configured for network access
  • Computer on the same network as the PS3
  • Windows Media Player 11 or later

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  1. 1

    Get all components ready. Make sure the PlayStation 3 is configured for network access and that your computer is on the same network as the PS3. Now run Windows Media Player 11.

  2. 2

    Click the "Library" button at the top of your screen. Then, when it appears, select the "Media Sharing" option.

  3. 3

    Find the "Share My Media" option and make sure it is checked. This will allow your media folders to be used by other computers or, in this case, the PS3.

  4. 4

    Turn on your PS3. When it has loaded, go to either the "Music," "Video" or "Picture" menus and select the "Scan for Media" option.

  5. 5

    Return to the PC. You should receive a pop-up notification stating that an unknown device is attempting to connect to your computer. This is the PlayStation 3.

  6. 6

    Allow the unknown device to connect to your computer. Your PS3 will now be able to access the media in your shared folders.

Tips and warnings

  • This guide assumes that your PS3 has already been configured for your network. If you need help in configuring your PS3, please follow the link in the Resources section.

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