Updated 01 March 2017

How to download or stream PlayStation Store content to PlayStation 3

This article tells you how to download content you have purchased from PlayStation Store to your PlayStation 3.


To start the download yourself on your PlayStation 3: 

  1. On the XMB Menu, go to > [PlayStation Network] > [Sign In] and sign in to your account.
  2. Select [Account Management] and press (X button).
  3. Select [Transaction Management] and press (X button).
  4. Select [Download List] and press (X button).
  5. Choose the content you want to download and press (X button).
  6. The item will download to your PlayStation 3.
  7. Go to (Games) for games and (Video) for movies and TV shows and enjoy your content.

Where will I find my purchases?

Your content is added to your Download List which is arranged in date order, with the newest first, so recent purchases will be at the top of the list.

To download game content remotely from PlayStation Store using web browser:

You can remotely start the download from PlayStation Store on web browser by going to the 'Your New Content' section of the Purchase Confirmation screen or your 'Download List' provided you have switched on Automatic Update on your PlayStation 3.

  1. On the ‘Thank You’ page or your Download List, select ‘Download to your PS3’ next to the title you want to download.
  2. If you have set up automatic update, the content will begin downloading automatically. If automatic update is not switched on or set up correctly it will begin downloading when you next switch on the system.
  3. Once the content has downloaded go to (Games) to install and access your new game. 

You can check what content is currently remotely downloading or has completed downloading by selecting your Online ID at the top of the screen and going to ‘Download Queue’.


  • Rented video content is subject to restrictions on the length of time you may view the content and where you may transfer it. Check the PlayStation Video Usage Restrictions article for more details.
  • To download a game your PlayStation 3 needs twice as much HDD space as the size of the game. For example a 14GB game can only be downloaded to a PlayStation 3 with 28GB of free space on the hard disk drive.