PS3: How to update firmware via USB

PS3 updates are quite large and may take a while to download.

To speed up the process a bit, you can optionally install them via USB.

  • Make sure your USB is in FAT32 format.
  • In the USB drive, create a folder called "PS3".
  • In that new PS3 folder, create another called "UPDATE".
  • Copy the system update "PS3UPDAT.PUP" file to the UPDATE folder.

The structure should now look like this.


  • Insert the USB into your PS3.
  • In the XMB, go across to the left and find "Settings".
  • Near the top, select "System Update"
  • Select "Install via storage media"
  • Follow the prompts through.

If you want to make sure if it worked properly, go to "Settings" > "System Settings" > "System Information".

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