PS3 Plays Movies, But No Games? What to Do

One problem some owners of PlayStation 3′s will encounter is that the PS3 will stop being able to play games, but will continue playing movies. This can be a frustrating issue, but there are a few simple steps you can take to troubleshoot and fix this problem at home before you send it into Sony for $150 repairs:

1) Update Your Firmware. If you have not done so already, you should update your PS3 firmware. If your system software has become corrupted in some manner, this can overwrite those corrupted files and help fix the problem.

2) Reformat Your Hard Drive. Before you do so, however, you will want to back up your games and any music you may have stored on the drive since when you reformat the hard drive this will all be lost.

3) Fix Any Overheating Problems. You should next check to see if your PS3 shows signs of overheating. If it is overheating, the PS3 will often not even load the game properly although it may still play movies since this often requires less work on the part of the hard drive. Overheating issues are often caused by dirt and dust build up inside the unit. If this may be the culprit, you will need to thoroughly clean the PS3 inside and out, including the blu-ray lens. A good PS3 repair manual like PS3 Repaired will walk you through all the needed steps to carefully clean your PlayStation inside and out.

4) Reinstall the Game. If you find that some games will play, but not others, it may be that the game was not installed properly or that a portion of the game file has become corrupted. If this is the problem, simply delete the game from the Game Save Utility and then try reinstalling and rebooting the game once again.

If none of the above fixes work, you should move onto more advanced troubleshooting and repairs that your can find in a home PS3 repair manual. These manuals will generally teach you all you need to know to fix your PlayStation in under an hour – or give you a full money back refund. They are also available for instant download, so you will not have to waste weeks waiting for the PlayStation to be sent in for repairs and returned to you. To read some reviews of the best PS3 repair guides on the market, click here: PS3 Repair Guides.