How to Play PS3 Games on PC with RPCS3

If you’re a gamer, then chances are you have an older PS3 that’s collecting dust.

Well, now there is a way to play your favourite PS3 games on your PC with RPCS3!

It might sound too good to be true but it’s not.

This article is a step by step manner to play your PS3 games on PC with the help of RPCS3.

First, let’s give a brief introduction about the RPCS3 and how does it work.

What is RPCS3 and how does it work?

Named after the company’s previous name, this is a working progress PlayStation 3 emulator that can run a lot of commercial games.

RPCS3 was formerly called a “PlayStation three emulator” and it was launched in June 2012 by Alex Altea, an American software engineer & computer scientist.

And now with more than 4000 commits from over 140 developers, RPCS3 has become one of the most popular emulation projects which successfully emulates lots of PlayStation 3 routines!

In short, it is what made your old PS3 games playable on your PC.

How to install RPCS3 on a PC?

And now can take a look at how you can play PS3 games on your PC with the help of RPCS3 by following these simple steps.

STEP 1: Downloading and Installing RPCS3

If you aren’t a developer, then you must first download the PSL1GHT SDK tool according to your PC configuration from here.

In case of errors or if it can’t run simply follow this guide from our website on how to fix compiler issues.

Then open the file and extract its contents into a folder that is easy to find later on with 7 zip (or any other compression software).

Once done, launch RPCS3; you’ll be presented with an option window like below:

Click “Settings” as shown in the image above and then click the “System” tab to find an option that says “Enable ELF loading (experimental)”

Now check this option, click accept and restart RPCS3. It will now ask permission for opening ELF files; allow it.

STEP 2: Installing Plugins

RPCS3 has its default plugins as most emulators do.

They help improve your game experience greatly by adding more graphics options which will make your games look better than they ever did on PS3.

To install these plugins simply press Ctrl+Shift+I or go to Tools>Plugins.

Once done, double-click the plugin that you wish to install and if it asks for any additional setup (For example PPF-O-Matic asks for the game directory) then point it in the right direction.

STEP 3: Optimization is your Key

Yes, RPCS3 empowers PS3 games by adding more graphics options which makes your PS3 games look better than ever on PC but there are some things that can’t be fixed just with plugins.

Like every other emulator, RPCS3 requires optimization too.

It means that you have to tweak a bit around with your configuration files so as to get a smooth experience of playing PS3 Games on PC with RPCS3.

To do so go to Tools>Configuration File, open the config file with Notepad (Right Click>Open with>Notepad).

Now look for the “extra” section and change any settings you feel like changing.

For example, if your PC is capable of playing 1080p then set the frame limit to that value or if it gives you a headache then lower the values.

STEP 4: Troubleshooting

Sometimes things might not go as planned which means RPCS3 might be refusing to work properly on your PC even after following all steps correctly.

So, in such cases, it’s best to troubleshoot by checking step 1 again and making sure that you didn’t miss out on anything important.

If you still can’t fix it up then post a comment down below explaining your situation as clearly as possible including relevant details about your PC like RAM, GPU and CPU. We’ll try our best to help you out!

That’s it! Hope everything went well and you enjoyed installing PS3 games on PC with the RPCS3 emulator!

The benefits of using RPCS3


By using RPCS3, you can easily translate your game to any language by simply changing the in-game text files.

“Screenshot_20180919-190845.jpg” is an example of how English texts would look like when translated into Spanish!

And that’s just cool, isn’t it?


RPCS3 lets you backup PS3 games so that you never lose them if your disc gets scratched or damaged in any way.

Just copy & paste your backup file to PC and play it anytime anywhere without having to insert or swap discs.

Also, with RPCS3 emulating PS3 games for PC, it has become possible to record videos in HD (1080p) for better gameplay footage or use it as a base to make a Let’s Play video.


RPCS3 can be run on Windows, Linux and macOS which means you won’t have to buy a different PC just because you want to play PS3 games on a PC with RPCS3.

You can simply take your existing PC and install the emulator without even changing the hardware! Isn’t that cool?

Compatibility With Most Games & Performance

You might not believe us now but most PS3 games out there are already playable with RPCS3 (at least if they aren’t BRD) including all popular titles like “GTA V”, “The Last of Us”, “God Of War III” etc.

Also, RPCS3 is still in the development phase which means that the compatibility rate with games will only increase as time goes by.

Freedom Of Choice

RPCS3 gives you the freedom to choose what game version does your PC want to emulate.

Whether it’s a CFW (Custom Firmware) or an official firmware, RPCS3 lets you play PS3 games on PC no matter what! Isn’t that awesome?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can PSN Games be played with RPCS3?

No, currently PSN Games cannot be played with RPCS3 as there has been no progress whatsoever in the emulation of those games.
In fact, even older non-PSN games can’t be properly emulated by RPCS3 as there are a couple of compatibility issues that still need to be fixed.

Can I play all PS3 Games on PC using RPCS3?

Yes! But not yet…
Since it’s an emulator, PS3 Game compatibility varies from title to title but most popular titles have at least some minor graphical or audio glitches which might affect your gameplay experience a bit but nothing too major if you ask us especially considering how much cool stuff RPCS3 lets you do.

How can I return to Home Menu when in-game?

Press Left Ctrl+Esc or Backspace button depending on what keyboard layout your PC is using for this function.
Note: The Home Menu does not work properly with some games like “God Of War III”. This is why RPCS3 gives you the option of returning to it as and when required!

Is this emulator legal?

You bet it is! Although the PS3 BIOS is copyrighted by Sony, RPCS3 doesn’t come with a BIOS file so you won’t be distributing copyrighted material using RPCS3 PC emulator for PS3 games even if you wanted to.
So there’s nothing to worry about in that regard and feel free to enjoy playing your favourite PS3 titles on PC without any consequences.

Why do I get the “CreateProcess Failed” error when trying to run some games?

For such errors (or other kinds), make sure that you have all of the latest drivers for your PC installed.
Also make sure that you haven’t accidentally assigned administrator rights to the emulator as that might prevent it from running.


In a nutshell, you can now enjoy playing your favourite PS3 games on PC with the use of RPCS3!

All of this without ever having to buy a new PC or even changing the hardware.

Just install the emulator and play your favourite games on it…Yes, It’s as simple as that!

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