Thursday 24th May 2007
It's simple this one. Like, really simple.
- Make sure your PlayStation 3 and your Windows XP machine are on the same network. For example: They should both be connecting via the same router.
- Download and install firmware 1.8 for your PlayStation 3. Restart and leave switched on.
- Download and install Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP
- Launch Windows Media Player 11, right click on the title bar and choose Tools then Options
- Click the Library tab, and then on Configure Sharing:
- Check the box that says Share my media, your PlayStation 3 should appear as an 'unknown device': Select it and make sure that access is set to allow (You can select it and then choose Customize for further media sharing options).
- Click on Settings to select which media on your PC you'd like to share: Click OK when finished.
- If you're not normally a Windows Media person, then you may need to configure your media library. Choose Manage Library from the Options Library Tab and this will let you select which folders you want Windows Media Player to scan through:
- Done! When you next return to your PlayStation 3, you should see a Windows Media Icon under each [Photo], [Music] and [Video] menu on the XMB.
Windows Media Player happily streams any compatable audio, photo and video files to your PS3. Whilst browsing you can see thumbnails of videos, and you can copy over what you want to the PlayStation 3 aswell, it'll even add the animated thumbnails to videos as you do so, how nice. Note: If you are using Internet Connection sharing between PS3 / PC, you'll need to disable the “Internet Gateway” entry in the network connection list. - Thanks to DG for that tip.
If it doesn't work, you can try scanning for media servers, but chances are there's a network problem if it doesn't pop up automatically... You can also use Nero MediaHome to stream content to PS3, though this is a paid for product it does have the benefit of offering transcoding on the fly, meaning it can potentially stream any content to your PS3.
Oh, and incase you were wondering, those screens were from XP, it's just that I use the Royale Noir Theme.
Lots of people are still enjoying this article, so thanks!
I'd should mention that TVeristy now offers what is probably the best media streaming functionality with PlayStation 3. It will stream a much wider range of media to your PlayStation 3 with much less effort. Download it for free over at: www.tversity.com.
If I get a chance, I'll do a 'How to', but no promises :)