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Video:How to Set Up a PS3

with Nick Richards

Setting up your PS3 is easy. This About.com video will instruct you on how to set up your PlayStation 3.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Set Up a PS3

Hi, I'm Nick, and today for About.com, I'm going to show you how to set up your PlayStation 3.

Synchronize PS3 With Controller

So you've purchased a PS3 and you've hooked it up to your TV...now what? First of all, you'll need to synchronise your controller to your PS3. To synchronize your controller, plug in the charging cable to both the PS3 and the controller so that they are connected and press the PS button in the middle of the controller. Now, your PS3 and controller are united as one!

Enter Date and Time When Starting Up

If switching on your PS3 for the very first time, you'll be prompted to enter details such as the current time and date, as well as display and Internet settings – all of these can be fine-tuned later on, so don't worry if you make a mistake! You'll also be required to create a new user account for your PS3. Details such as game saves, trophies and uploaded files will be stored on a user-by-user basis. The PS3 requires at least one, but more can be added later.

Once all of your details have been entered, your PS3 will be activated and ready to go! Let's take a quick look at some things you might want to be aware of before you start playing games.

Create New User for PS3

If you're unhappy with the account you've created, head to the Users menu and select 'Create New User' – now you can enter the name of the user you'd like to create. You'll have to log out of your existing account to switch to your new one.

Check for System Updates and Change Settings

Most of the important stuff for your PS3 is found in the Settings Menu. Here, you can manually check for system updates to make sure your system is the best it can possibly be, as well as alter the background and font that your machine displays. Head to System Settings and you'll have access to options such as whether to display notification messages, whether to display the What's New menu on start up and whether games should auto-start when inserted into the machine.

Scroll down a little more and you'll find options for date and time settings, as well as the format in which it is displayed on your machine. Display settings allow you the change the output settings for your PS3, for example, if you'd rather use HDMI than AV, head here! You'll be able to change audio as well as video settings and select all of the resolutions that are supported by your TV.

Setting PS3 Internet Connections

Finally, at the very bottom of the list, you'll have access to Internet Connection Settings. Here, you'll be able to establish a connection to a network, either wirelessly or through the use of an Ethernet cable. Don't forget to head to the Security Settings if you want to add any parental controls.

Now you can get started with your PS3. If you need more help, be sure to visit gadgets.About.com.

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