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 build and drag and drop all files into your RPCS3 root directory, replacing all files when prompted.
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 (or simply drag and drop .pkg to the main emulator window)
.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\ (or simply drag and drop them to the main emulator window)
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. This is the most compatible way to migrate your disc-based titles and the only way to dump digital titles to your PC. To do this, you will need a PlayStation 3 system with custom firmware.
For dumping disc-based games, you need to use multiMAN homebrew software in order to dump your disc files. You can transfer those files over to a computer through an external drive or using a FTP connection between your PlayStation 3 and your computer.
Note: The PlayStation 3 has a maximum file size of 4GB. When dumping disc-based games which contain files bigger than 4GB, multiMAN will split those files. When you have your dump over on your computer, you must rejoin the split files back together, otherwise the dump won't work.
For dumping digital games, you must copy the game folder from dev_hdd0/game/GameID on your console over to the same path on your RPCS3 folder. You also need to get your console's IDPS, the game's ACT.DAT and RIF, in order to generate a .RAP license file to be used in the emulator.
It is also possible to dump digital content and licenses on any PS3 even without custom firmware, by the way of creating a system backup, and then extracting it with ps3xtract software.
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.
Download 3k3y IsoTools by the 3k3y team.
Download any form of .iso dumping software such as ImgBurn or similar.
Insert a PlayStation 3 format disc title of your choice into your compatible BD Drive.
Create the .iso image using an .iso dumping program of your choosing, e.g. ImgBurn or IsoBuster.
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).
Using PS3 ISO Patcher, select the matching .iso and .ird files, then press Patch to apply the decryption keys to the .iso file.
Using 3k3y IsoTools press Decrypt button and select the .iso with patched-in decryption keys. This will produce decrypted .dec.iso file.
If IsoTools complains about "Not valid PS3 ISO file" or missing decryption keys, please repeat from step 2 using another tool to dump original .iso image.
Optionally, validate that you have successfully obtained the correct copy of your game.
You will need to install PS3 ISO Rebuilder tool from jonnysp.bplaced.net
Load your .dec.iso file and your .ird file in the program and let it verify the dump. All of your files must be either Valid or Not required.
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.
Another option is to use 7-zip or any other software that is capable of extracting .iso images.
You are now able to use the extracted .iso files with RPCS3. File > Boot Game