Using your PS3


Use the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar)

Featuring Photo, Music, Video, Game and Network options, every PS3 journey starts with the ever-evolving XrossMediaBar.

The PS3 system includes a user interface called XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) Menu.

Navigating the XMB Menu

1. Directional buttons: Used to select on-screen categories/items.

2. PS button: Displays the XMB Menu, turns the system on/off and quits a game.

3. Triangle button: Displays the options menu/control panel; Circle button: Cancels an operation; X button: Confirms the selected item.

Options menu

Displayed by selecting an icon and pressing the Triangle button.

Control panel

Displayed by pressing the Triangle button during content playback.

XMB Menu icons explained

Friends: Chatting and exchanging messages.

PlayStation®Network: Using PlayStation Network services.

Network: Connecting to the Internet.

Game: Playing games.

Video: Playing video.

Music: Playing music.

Photo: Displaying images.

Settings: Adjusting PS3 system settings.

Users: Selecting users to log in to the PS3 system.

XMB Menu options

The XMB screen was redesigned as part of system software update 3.00. The background color and the size of text characters have been changed to make the XMB screen easier to use.

  • If you want to display the original screen design, select [Classic] under Settings > [Theme Settings] > [Theme].


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Find out how to update the date and time on your PS3 every time you connect to PlayStation Network.

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Optimise your listening experience by connecting audio devices that support digital audio playback.

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Install your PS3

Get connected and dive into a world of High Definition entertainment.

Video output on PS3

Optimise your viewing experience by setting the best resolution for your TV.

Initial set-up

Find out how to perform initial set-up after turning on your PS3 system.

Part names

Find your way around your PS3 system and your Wireless Controller.

Using Other OS / Default System

If you are using another operating system, follow this guide before performing system software update version 3.21 or later.

Use the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar)

Copying text

You can copy text using the on-screen keyboard.

Use the information panel

The information panel is displayed on the upper right of the screen.



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