Get started using the emulator on your PC
The system requirements for running the emulator vary depending on your hardware configuration. We have listed the minimum and recommend system requirements below. For the best experience, users should be running within the recommended system requirements. We cannot guarantee the performance of system specifications below the minimum requirements but you're always welcome to experiment.
Recommended System Requirements
Minimum System Requirements
CPU: Intel Quad-core and above (Haswell and above)
CPU: AMD Hexa-core and above (Ryzen)
CPU: Any x64 capable processor
GPU: Vulkan compatible AMD or NVIDIA card
GPU: OpenGL 4.3 compatible or greater
RAM: 8GB or greater
RAM: 2GB minimum
OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit / Linux 64-bit / BSD 64-bit
OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit / Linux 64-bit / BSD 64-bit
For Windows users, download the latest executable and drag-and-drop it into your RPCS3 root directory.
For Linux users, download the latest AppImage and make it executable with the command chmod a+x ./rpcs3-*_linux64.AppImage
Due to legal reasons, we cannot distribute official PlayStation 3 firmware files. You must download the latest PlayStation 3 firmware update file from PlayStation.com for use with RPCS3. Once downloaded, you must install the firmware using RPCS3's built in firmware installer found under File > Install Firmware.
By default, firmware modules are loaded automatically based on the PlayStation 3 title that is loaded. You can still override automatic module loading and choose which firmware modules you want to use manually. This is not recommended.
For Windows users, save data files can be managed in \dev_hdd0\home\00000001\savedata\
For Linux users, save data files can be managed in ~/.config/rpcs3/
Due to legal reasons, PlayStation 3 titles cannot be distributed online and must be self-dumped from your own PlayStation 3 console or from your computer using a compatible Blu-ray drive.
Both Blu-ray and PlayStation Network titles (PSN) must be placed into a single folder with their respective files and the folder name must correspond to the title's ID. If you are not sure what your dumped title's region ID is, you can find your region ID on the bottom side-edge of your game case. If you are no longer in possession of your title's game case or your title is only accessible through PSN, you can do an internet search for "Your game name here + region ID". Please note that it is very important that you use the correct region ID.
Typical layout of a Blu-ray disc title's directory: PS3_GAME folder, PS3_DISC.sfb, PS3_UPDATE folder (not required)
Typical layout of a PSN title's directory: TROPDIR folder, USRDIR folder, ICON0.png, PARAM.sfo, etc
Title IDs that start with a B are Blu-Ray disc titles.
Title IDs that start with a N are PSN titles.
When working with actual title region IDs, the title's region ID will look something similar to this:
Example: BLUS30443 is a US Blu-Ray disc copy of Demon's Souls.
Example: NPEB01393 is a EU PSN copy of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F.
.pkg files must be extracted using RPCS3's built-in package installer found under File > Install .pkg
.pkg files will be automatically installed to \dev_hdd0\game\
Blu-ray disc title data can be placed in \dev_hdd0\disc\ or anywhere else except for \dev_hdd0\game\ and can be booted from File > Boot Game if not present on the game list.
PSN title data must be placed in \dev_hdd0\game\
PSN .rap files must be placed in \dev_hdd0\home\00000001\exdata\
Note: If you're on Linux, RPCS3 folders are located in ~/.config/rpcs3/
Title updates are handled the same as PSN .pkg files. The. pkg update file must be installed using RPCS3's built-in package installer found under File > Install .pkg The update will be placed in the title folder that corresponds to the correct region ID. Please note that title updates must be the same region in order to work. Cross-mixing title regions may create irreversible damage to the title.
When dumping video game software, users are subject to country-specific software distribution laws. RPCS3 is not designed to enable illegal activity. We do not promote piracy nor do we allow it under any circumstances. Please take the time to review copyright and video game software dumping laws and/or policies for your country before proceeding.
By following these instructions, you will do so at your own discretion. Should you follow these instructions against your local law, we shall not be held responsible for your actions.
Method A: We recommend that you dump your own PlayStation 3 titles from your own console . We believe that this is the cleanest and ethical way to migrate your disc-based titles and digital titles from your console to your PC without the hassle of repairing bad title dumps found on the internet or possible legal repercussions. To do this, you will need a PlayStation 3 system with a custom firmware and multiMAN. Due to legal reasons, we cannot provide a detailed guide on this method.
Method B: You can dump titles using your computer by using select compatible Blu-ray drives. Please note that you can only use this method if an .ird file is available online for the decryption of the disc. Not every Blu-ray drive will recognize PlayStation 3 titles due to how PlayStation 3 format discs are designed. Requirements for a Blu-Ray drive to be able to fully read PlayStation 3 discs are: Mediatek chipset and a +6 read offset.
Here's a compiled list of the known compatible Blu-ray drives that are capable of reading PlayStation format discs for use with your computer.
Sony Optiarc 5300S
Sony PlayStation stock drive with proprietary adapter
Here's a compiled list of the step-by-step instructions we use for dumping disc-based PlayStation 3 format titles. You must possess one of the aforementioned compatible disc drives to complete the disc dumping procedure. Again, this method will not work with standard Blu-ray drives.
Download PS3 ISO Patcher by BlackDaemon here.
Download 3k3y ISO Tools by the 3k3y team here.
Download any form of .iso dumping software such as ImgBurn or similar here.
Insert a PlayStation 3 format disc title of your choice into your compatible BD Drive.
Dump the .iso image using an .iso dumping program of your choosing. e.g. ImgBurn.
Use jonnysp.bplaced.net to download the appropriate .ird file that matches your title ID. If there isn't an .ird file that matches your title ID, you cannot use this method to dump your selected PlayStation 3 disc at this time.
Be sure to check the title ID in case there is a different edition of that title. e.g. Uncharted 2 Game of the Year Edition. You must use the correct .ird with the same title ID, otherwise it won't work. (Example: .ird file for Demon's Souls US disc doesn't work with Demon's Souls EU disc).
Press Patch to apply the patch to the .iso file.
Your title is now decrypted.
In 3k3y ISO Tools, use the Tools drop-down menu to select ISO > Extract ISO and then select the decrypted .iso file to extract its files. The decrypted .iso file will have a .dec.iso file extension.
You are now able to use the extracted .iso files with RPCS3. File > Boot Game