How to Use Windows Media Player With a PS3

By Christopher J. Pendergraf

The PlayStation 3 can connect to your computer via Windows Media Player and stream video, music, and picture files over your network. This guide will show you how to configure this feature.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Media Player 11
  • PlayStation 3 connected to wired or wireless home network
  • Files to be shared

Step 1

First, power on your PlayStation 3 and ensure that it's connected to your home network. If you are having issues with your PlayStation 3 connecting to your home network, consult the PlayStation 3 user manual. If you have lost the user's manual, it is also located online at the official PlayStation website (see Resources).

Step 2

If you are using Windows Vista, you will need to activate the "File and Media Sharing" option on your PC, which can be found in the Windows control panel. If your control panel is in "Home view," click the link named "Set up file sharing." If your control panel is in "Classic view," click the icon labeled "Network and Sharing." Both methods will bring up the "Network and Sharing Center" application. Under the "Sharing and Discovery" settings, click the icon of an arrow pointing downward. Two options will appear. Select the radio button labeled "Turn on file sharing" and click "Apply." Windows XP users can omit this step. For XP users, Windows Media Player 11 will automatically activate the Windows Media Player sharing service when you start to share your files.

Step 3

Download Windows Media Player 11 from Microsoft's website and install it, if you don't already have it installed (see resources for web address). Windows Media Player 11 supports the DLNA protocol, which the PlayStation 3 uses to communicate with your computer. To install Windows Media Player 11, run the file downloaded from Microsoft's website and follow the on-screen prompts. Windows Media Player 11 will automatically upgrade any previous versions of Windows Media Player during the installation.

Step 4

Create a local directory on your PC where you want to store all of your shared music, movies and pictures. Do this by right clicking on any open space within a folder (or on the desktop), placing your pointer over the "new" option, and clicking on "New Folder." Be sure to note the location of the folder as you'll need it later.

Step 5

Run Windows Media Player, and click the "Tools" option from the toolbar. Click "Options" and select the "Library" tab. Click the button labeled "Configure Sharing." Locate the checkbox labeled "Share my media to:" and make sure it's checked. If your PlayStation 3 is connected to your home network correctly, it will now show up in the box below the checkbox as "Unknown Device." Highlight it and click the button labeled "Allow." You can also hit the "Customize" button to further configure the media sharing settings.

Step 6

Click the "Unknown Device" to select it, then click the button labeled "Settings." A new window should pop up that allows you to select the types of media to be shared. Click the checkboxes labeled "Music," "Pictures," or "Video" to allow them to be shared. Uncheck the boxes if you do not want them to be shared.

Step 7

Choose "Manage Library" from the options library tab. Click the "Add" button and select the folder where you are storing your shared files. Windows Media Player will scan the folder and create a library.

Step 8

After Windows Media Player is finished scanning and adding files to the library, restart both your PC and PlayStation 3. Once they are both rebooted, your PlayStation 3 should now show a Windows Media Player Icon on the crossbar under the music, video and photos sections, if you allowed them to be shared. Select this icon and the PlayStation 3 will attempt to connect to your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the PlayStation 3 has problems connecting to your computer, check the network settings on the PlayStation 3 to ensure it's configured properly for network access.
  • Reboot both the PlayStation 3 and computer whenever you add more files to the shared folder.