How to Get Free Stuff From the PlayStation Store
By Aaron Parson
Updated September 22, 2017
Sony's advertises its PlayStation 3 console as doing more than just playing video games. A major component in its selection of features, the PlayStation Store allows users to download new content from the Internet. The store offers games, game add-ons, movies, system themes and various other types of files. Most of these downloads cost real money you can find some for free by looking in the right areas.
Turn on your PlayStation 3 and log into your system account. You need an account registered for online use to download from the store. If your account is not registered, the system will automatically guide you through the registration process when needed.
Scroll the menu bar to the right to find the "PlayStation Network" column and go down to the "PlayStation Store" option. Press "X" to select it. The store will load and display various types of downloads.
Select the "Demos" button to view free trial editions of games. Check the "Add-ons" area for expansions for games you already own, some of which are free. Look under "Themes & Wallpapers" for downloads that change the appearance of the system menu. Go into the "Media" section for video clips.
Scroll through PS3 store listings in whichever section you pick. The price of the highlighted item displays in the information panel on the left side of the screen. Look for any file you want listed as "Free" and select it with the "X" button.
Read the item description that pops up and press "Download" to begin saving the file to your system. After the download completes, exit the store by backing out repeatedly with the "O" button and locate the file under the proper column on the PS3's main menu. Game add-ons will not appear on the system menu but will load automatically when you play the game that uses them.
Sony offers a "PlayStation Plus" subscription plan which provides members with an increased selection of free downloads and demos as well as other discounts. The store marks products participating in the program with a yellow plus sign on the corner of their icons. As of 2011, this subscription costs $49.99 for a year or $17.99 for three months.
Aaron Parson has been writing about electronics, software and games since 2006, contributing to several technology websites and working with NewsHour Productions. Parson holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.