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Hardware Requirements

The hardware requirements for running the emulator vary depending on your current configuration. We have listed the minimum and recommended hardware requirements below. For the best experience, users should be running within the recommended requirements. We cannot guarantee the performance of system specifications below the recommended requirements but you're always welcome to experiment.

Recommended

For running all playable games with playable performance

CPU

AMD - 6 cores and 12 threads, 8 cores or more

AMD Zen 2 architecture or newer
AMD Threadripper 1000 and 2000 series are not recommended

Intel - 6 cores and 12 threads, 8 cores or more

Intel Skylake architecture or newer

GPU

AMD - Vulkan compatible with active driver support

AMD Polaris architecture, RX 400 series or newer

NVIDIA - Vulkan compatible with active driver support

NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, GTX 900 series or newer

RAM

8 GB of dual-channel RAM or more

Dual-channel memory is highly recommended over single-channel

Storage

SSD storage for emulator data, SSD or HDD storage for games


512 MB for base emulator data, 5 GB for virtual console dev_hdd1 cache
128 MB for emulator cache and console user data per installed game*
* Average recommendation. Some games may require more, most games require less

OS

Windows

Windows 10 21H1 or newer

Linux

Linux 5.13 (Latest), 5.10 (LTS) or newer

FreeBSD

FreeBSD 13.0 or newer

Minimum

For being able to run any games at all, no performance or stability guarantees

CPU

AMD - Any x64 CPU

CPUs without AVX2 and with less than 4 cores and 8 threads are expected to run very badly overall
CPUs with only 2 cores per CCX cluster are expected to run very badly overall

Intel - Any x64 CPU

CPUs without AVX2 and with less than 4 cores and 8 threads are expected to run very badly overall

GPU

AMD - OpenGL 4.3 compatible or newer

AMD Southern Islands architecture, HD 7000 series or newer

NVIDIA - OpenGL 4.3 compatible or newer

NVIDIA Fermi architecture, GTX 400 series or newer

RAM

4 GB of RAM or more

4 GB is the absolute minimum requirement

Storage

SSD or HDD storage for emulator data and games


512 MB for base emulator data, 5 GB for virtual console dev_hdd1 cache
128 MB for emulator cache and console user data per installed game*
* Average recommendation. Some games may require more, most games require less

OS

Windows

Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 2004 or newer

Linux

Linux 5.4 (Older LTS), Ubuntu 18.04 or newer

FreeBSD

FreeBSD 12.2 or newer

Laptop Requirements

We recommend using a laptop equipped with an 8-core/16-thread 35W+ H-series CPU such as an Intel Core i7-10870H or an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, as well as having a compatible dedicated GPU (dGPU) with Vulkan compatibility. While being a tall order, this is the ideal spec and we cannot guarantee even remotely good performance with laptops equipped with as little as 4-cores.

We strongly recommend using RPCS3 with a desktop PC over a laptop. Should you want to use a laptop, these are the hardware requirements for an optimal experience.

Software Requirements

The software requirements for running the emulator must be met in order for the software to function at all. The PlayStation 3 system software is required because it is utilized to load system files for the emulator such as the PlayStation 3's proprietary system libraries. Linux and BSD based operating systems do not require the Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 redistributable.

Please note - A 64-bit operating system is required. Windows 7, 8 and 10 are supported as well as Linux and BSD.

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 && ./rpcs3-*_linux64.AppImage

Installing PlayStation 3 firmware files

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/dev_hdd0/

Managing PlayStation 3 titles

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

PlayStation 3 title formats

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.

Installing PlayStation 3 titles

.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/dev_hdd0/

Installing PlayStation 3 title updates

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.

Software Distribution laws in your country

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.

Dumping with a PlayStation 3

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 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 with part merging software such as ps3merge, 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 RIF and ACT.DAT, 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 ps3xport software.

Dumping with a Blu-ray drive

You can dump titles using your computer by using select compatible Blu-ray drives. Please note that you can only use this method if a .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.

Compatible Blu-ray disc drives

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.

LG Drives
BE16NU50 *External Drive
BH14NS40
BH16NS40
BH16NS48
BH16NS55
BH26NS40
BP50NB40 *External Drive
BU20N
BU40N
CH12NS30
UH12NS30
WH12LS30 *Some revisions
WH14NS40
WH16NS40
WH16NS48
WH24LS30
WH24NS40
WH26NS40
BH16NS60
BE14NU40
WP50NB40
XX-XXXXXX
XX-XXXXXX
XX-XXXXXX
ASUS Drives
BC-08B1LT
BC-12B1ST *Some revisions
BC-12D2HT
BC-16D1HT
BW-12B1ST
BW-16D1HT
XX-XXXXXX
XX-XXXXXX
Samsung Drives
SH-B083L
SH-B123L
SE-506
SE-406
LITE-ON Drives
DH-4O1S
IHBS112
IHBS312
DS-6E2SH *19C revision
Sony Drives
Optiarc 5300S
PS3 BDD with proprietary adapter
XX-XXXXXX
XX-XXXXXX
BenQ Drives
BR1000
XX-XXXXXX
XX-XXXXXX
XX-XXXXXX

A command-line option for Linux users

If you're comfortable with the Linux command-line and you have a compatible BluRay drive, you can try ripping PlayStation 3 discs using a Python program called LibRay.

Do note that this method requires an .ird file that matches your title ID to be available on jonnysp.bplaced.net. (libray will automatically attempt to download the correct .ird file, if it exists, so you do not need to do so manually.) If a matching .ird file is not present, please try the PS3 Disc Dumper mentioned below.

One-click easy solution

This is an automated & user-friendly way of getting a decrypted copy of your PlayStation 3 discs. 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.

PS3 Disc Dumper by 13xforever

1

Insert a PlayStation 3 format disc title of your choice into your compatible Blu-ray drive.

2

Run the PS3 Disc Dumper.

Step-by-step disc dumping

In case the easy way didn't work for you, here's a compiled list of the step-by-step instructions we used for dumping disc-based PlayStation 3 titles.

ImgBurn

1

Insert a PlayStation 3 format disc title of your choice into your compatible Blu-ray drive.

2

Create the .iso image using an .iso dumping program of your choosing, e.g. ImgBurn or IsoBuster.

3

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.

4

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).

5

Using PS3 ISO Patcher, select the matching .iso and .ird files, then press Patch to apply the decryption keys to the .iso file.

6

Using 3K3Y IsoTools press Decrypt button and select the .iso with patched-in decryption keys. This will produce decrypted .dec.iso file.

7

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.

8

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.

9

You are now able to use the extracted .iso files with RPCS3.