First off can it be done? Yes, resoundingly, yes…
The information provided online is a bit hit and miss with changes made by Sony and with each firmware update over the years, but to this day – it is still possible to run pc games on PS3s. I’ve written this to clear up what can and cannot be done with the PS3s hardware.
The 2 ways to run PC games on your PS3.
The first is by streaming the game from your PC to your PS3 – which obviously requires you own both systems and have them running simultaneously.
The second is by installing Linux onto your PS3 which will allow you to play veryolder PC games on it. The Linux feature was removed by Sony a few years ago but with a little know-how, it’s easy to still do this.
edit (01/01/2018): StreamMyGame’s website is currently unavailable.
A company called
StreamMyGame has created software that allows you to send both the audio and video from your PC to your PS3 in real time! And as this software is slowly going multi-platform, it creates some great opportunities for a variety of devices. For example, you can have the latest release playing on your high spec PC in the living room, while you play it from your laptop in bed.
The same idea works with your PS3. Play your games from the comfort of sofa, while your PC does all the graphical processing work in another room. It’s a convenient way of wirelessly playing games from anywhere in your home.
I currently have my PC plugged directly into my TV for convenience but it annoys my wife to no ends and I may need to start streaming in the near future.
Play PC Games on PS3: Linux Installation
Installing Linux on your PS3 is the other alternative which is much cheaper to do as you don’t need to own a gaming PC as well. When the PS3 was first released, it supported alternative OS’s straight out of the box and it was fairly simple to do a quick Linux install. Sony later removed this feature which outraged the gaming community.
The only way to play pc games on your ps3 now is to use complicated software to modify your PS3 and allow you to add new features. Luckily, there will always be someone out there that can overcome these sort of obstacles and simplify the process.
With this bit of software, you’ll not only be able to run linux but also play copies of your games (preventing scratches to your originals), play MKV files natively and mod some games.
With Linux installed, you’ll be able to use a keyboard and mouse on your PS3, install Windows, run apps like Microsoft Office and even install emulators like the SNES and SEGA emulators, for example. Your options are unlimited and can give a new lease of life to your aging PS3.
This bit of software is currently only available here.
So there you have it:
The only 2 ways to play PC games on your PS3, I hope this clears up some of the misconceptions that people have over what can and cannot be done.