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[PS3™ system] Updated 07/24/2013

The PS3 system has security features that will restrict local content (i.e. digital content stored on the hard disk drive and content on storage media and discs including games, but not online content).

For parental controls other than what is listed below, see Parental controls for the PS3 Internet Browser and Parental controls on the PlayStation Network.

To Adjust the PS3 Security Settings

In the XMB™ home menu, go to Settings icon (Settings) > [Security Settings] and select one of the six options:Parental controls on the PlayStation Network

Security Settings screenshot

  • Change Password

    Note: The password is set to [0000] in the default settings.

    Change password screenshot

    Change the password that is required to access restricted content. The old password must be entered before a new one may be set. Be sure to record the new password as it is required to change Security Settings in the future, including all of the Parental Controls listed below.

    If you have forgotten the password, please Contact Us.

  • BD Parental Control

    Note: A password is required to change this setting.

    BD Parental Control Settings

    Set the level of restriction for Blu-ray Disc (BD) movie content. Note that not all Blu-ray movies are compatible with this setting. Options include:

    • Do Not Restrict (Off)
      Play any BD regardless of parental control level.
    • Restrict (On)
      Only play BDs with the specified parental control level.
      After [Restrict (On)] is set, you can select an age restriction on the next screen. Note that the lower the value, the greater the restriction.
  • BD/DVD Parental Control Region Code

    Note: A password is required to change this setting.

    BD/DVD Parental control region code screenshot

    Set a region as a basis for Blu-ray movie parental control levels. Note, this setting determines the level of restriction for Blu-ray or DVD movies on the PS3 system; it does not determine what region Blu-ray or DVD movies will be playable on the system. Options include:

    • United States
      The default value is set as "United States" and this sets standard parental control levels for the United States.
    • Other
      This sets standard parental control levels for other regions. If you select [Other] you can select a region on the next screen.
  • DVD Parental Control

    Note: A password is required to change this setting.

    DVD Parental Control screenshot

    Set the level of restriction that will be applied to DVD movie playback. If a DVD movie is being played that is restricted, the password will be required to be entered in order for the movie to play. The level of a DVD is set by the publisher and therefore the DVD parental control levels on the PS3 does not correspond to a specific movie rating. Note that not all DVD movies are compatible with this setting. Options include:

    • Off
      Play any DVD regardless of parental control level.
    • Level 8 - 1
      Only play DVDs with the specified parental control level.
      Note: the lower the value, the greater the restriction.
  • Parental Control

    Note: A password is required to change this setting.

    Parental control screenshot

    Set the level of restriction that will be applied to Games and other content. If a game is being played that is restricted, the password will be required to be entered in order for the movie to play. The level of a game or other content is set by the publisher and therefore the parental control levels on the PS3 does not correspond to a specific ESRB rating. Note that not all games are compatible with this setting. Options include:

    • Off
      Play any game regardless of parental control level.
    • Level 11 - 1
      Only play games with the specified parental control level.
      Note: the lower the value, the greater the restriction.
  • Internet Browser Start Control

    Note: A password is required to change this setting.

    Internet Browser Start control screenshot

    This will restrict access to the Internet Browser via password protection. Options include:

    • On
      Start Control is enabled - password is required to launch the PS3 Internet Browser
    • Off
      Start Control is disabled - Internet Browser can be used without password

    See Parental Controls for the Internet Browser for more information about the Start Control and Internet Browser security.


Other than the parental control features listed above, there are no other ways of disabling access to the PS3 system.