How to Watch Movies on PS3 From an External Hard Drive

By Matt Skaggs

You can use the PS3 controller to control video playback.
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Your PS3 offers many features in addition to playing video games. These options can allow you to use your PS3 as an entertainment center for watching DVDs or Blu-ray movies, streaming online content and viewing photo or video files on external devices. If you have a movie on a USB device, such as a flash drive or hard drive, you can watch that video on your TV using just your PS3. Playback works just like viewing a video saved on your PS3 that you saved from the PlayStation Network.

Step 1

Turn on your PS3.

Step 2

Connect the external hard drive to an available USB port on your PS3.

Step 3

Navigate to the "Video" section of the XMB menu of your PS3.

Step 4

Highlight the external hard drive, which will be displayed as a "USB Device."

Step 5

Press the green triangle button on your controller or remote; then select "Display all."

Step 6

Navigate to the video you want to watch. If the video is within a folder, you will need to select the correct folder just like you would on a PC.

Step 7

Select the video file to begin playing it.