How to install RPCS3 emulator on PC Windows 32/64 bit PS3

How to install RPCS3 emulator on Windows

RPCS3 is a multi-platform open-source Sony Play Station 3 emulator and debugger written in C++ for Windows, Linux, macOS and FreeBSD.

This guide explains how to install RPCS3 emulator on PC compatibles with Windows OS.


Software requirements

You can find all required data for your device from the link buttons below:

RPCS3 emulatorDownload
PS3 System SoftwareDownload
Microsoft Visual C++Download

The software requirements for running this application must be met in order for the software to function at all.

System requirements

The hardware requirements for running the application vary depending on your current configuration.

Recommended requirements

OSWindows 10 (or higher)
CPUx64 Octa core (or higher)
RAM8 GB (or more)
GPUOpenGL 4.3 (or newer)
StorageSSD or HDD 5 GB (or more)

For the best experience, users should be running within the recommended requirements.

Minimum requirements

OSWindows 7 (or higher)
CPUx86 Quad core (or higher)
RAM4 GB (or more)
GPUOpenGL 4.3 (or newer)
StorageSSD or HDD 5 GB (or more)

We cannot guarantee the performance of system specifications lower the recommended requirements but you’re always welcome to experiment.

Install emulator

  1. Download the .7z archive
  2. Extract the .7z archive on a folder
  3. Select the folder containing the extracted file
  4. Open the file .exe as administrator
  5. Press install button
  6. Launch the software
RPCS3 emulator install on Windows

Install firmware

Due to legal reasons, we cannot distribute official Play Station 3 firmware files; you must download the latest Play Station 3 firmware update file from the link above for use with RPCS3.

Once downloaded, you must install the firmware using RPCS3’s built in firmware installer found under File > Install Firmware.

RPCS3 emulator install firmware

Install games

.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)

Save data files can be managed in \dev_hdd0\home\00000001\savedata\

RPCS3 Play Games

RPCS3 emulator is capable of running most commercial games at full speed, provided you meet the necessary hardware requirements.

Emulator update

RPCS3 features an auto-updater which will prompt you if you want to update after loading the emulator.

You can either accept, deny or disable updates all together if you wish, though it is not recommended due to the volume of fixes that roll out each day.

In the instance that you need to update RPCS3 manually, you can follow the following instructions:

  1. Download the latest build of RPCS3
  2. Drag and drop all files into the RPCS3 root directory
  3. Replacing all files when prompted
RPCS3 emulator Windows

Games update

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.


  • Play Station is a trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation

This project is not meant for illegal activities, and we have a strict policy about piracy.

All resources are obtained via reverse engineering of legally owned devices, games, and information present on the internet.

The main objective of this project is to enhance the gaming experience, research, and provide education about the core concepts of device emulation.


This guide/tutorial answers the following questions:

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