How To: Set Up Your PS3

Welcome to How To.  A weekly segment that aims to help the not-so-tech-savvy learn the ins and outs of their new gadgets. This week we show you How To: Set Up Your PlayStation 3.

1) Position Your PlayStation 3:

The PS3 can be placed in a vertical or horizontal position — I prefer horizontal. Make sure where you place it, your console will have sufficient space so it stays cool and doesn’t overheat. So don’t place your PS3 inside a small entertainment center — otherwise, it will overheat.

2) Connect Display & Power Adapters:

Ps3′s come HDMI ready, so that’s the option we’re going to use here. Grab your HDMI cable, plug it into the port on the back of your PS3 that says HDMI, then connect the opposite side of the HDMI cable to your TV. Simple. Now, grab your power adapter, connect it to your PS3, and connect the opposite side into your power outlet.

3) Connecting Wireless Controls:

While your PS3 is turned on, connect the smaller end of the USB cable into the top of the PS3 controller. Next, connect the opposite side of the USB to the front of your PS3. The pairing light will flash on the PS3, when it stops, you can disconnect the controller. That’s it, you’re connected.

4) Setting Up PlayStation Network:

Navigate through the XMB (XrossMediaBar) until you find ‘Settings‘, then scroll down until you see ‘Network Settings’. From here you can set up your console to be connected to the internet via a wired or wireless connection– let’s go with wireless.  Let the PS3 scan for local area connections, when it finds your connection, follow the on-screen steps and enter your WEP/WPA key and connect to your network.

Now that you’re connected to the internet, head back out to the XMB and navigate all the way to the left, and go to ‘Users‘. Go down to ‘Create New User‘ and pick your username and fill in all the on-screen steps. Welcome to PSN.


I hope this little ‘How To’ helps out a few of the not-so-tech-savvy people out there, as we all know it can be pain to set something up when you have no clue how. Stay tuned next week when we will have another How To for setting up your Nintendo Wii.

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