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RPCS3 is a Sony Playstation 3 Emulator.

Warning

Prior to the 2.2 update of EmuDeck, the Flatpak version of RPCS3 was installed. The Flatpak version is identical to the version you may install from the Discover store. With the 2.2 update, EmuDeck swapped over from the Flatpak to the AppImage. The primary reason for the swap to the AppImage was to use the official distribution of RPCS3 on Linux. The Flatpak/version you may download through Discover is maintained by the community and is an unofficial build.

If you are still using the Flatpak or are unsure which version you are using, you may swap over to the AppImage by opening the EmuDeck application, clicking the "Manage Emulators" tab, clicking RPCS3, and clicking both "Reinstall" and "Reset Configuration".

The AppImage works through Steam shortcuts created by Steam ROM Manager, ES-DE, and Pegasus. If you used Steam ROM Manager previously, you may need to re-add your PlayStation 3 games. If you created desktop files for ES-DE, you will need to recreate them so the AppImage is used instead. For instructions on ES-DE, see How to Configure RPCS3 to Work With ES-DE and Pegasus.

Any saves from the Flatpak version will be carried over when you reinstall and reset RPCS3 through the EmuDeck application.

Website: https://rpcs3.net/

Quickstart Guide: https://rpcs3.net/quickstart

GitHub: https://github.com/RPCS3/rpcs3

Compatibility List: https://rpcs3.net/compatibility

RPCS3 Wiki: https://wiki.rpcs3.net/index.php?title=Main_Page


RPCS3 Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started with RPCS3

  2. RPCS3 Tips and Tricks


Getting Started with RPCS3

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In order to play a game on RPCS3, you need to install the firmware through the RPCS3 UI. In desktop mode, open RPCS3, either in the application menu or through its shortcut in Emulation/tools/launchers/rpcs3.sh. In RPCS3, click File, click Install Firmware. Firmware is provided legally by Sony.

Follow RPCS3's Quickstart Guide for a step by step process on setting up RPCS3: https://rpcs3.net/quickstart

Read the Configuration section to learn more about RPCS3 and its folder locations.

To launch your ROMs in game mode, use Steam ROM Manager and use one of the following parsers to play your Playstation 3 ROMs:


Why did EmuDeck switch to the AppImage?

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Prior to the 2.2 update of EmuDeck, the Flatpak version of RPCS3 was installed. The Flatpak version is identical to the version you may install from the Discover store. With the 2.2 update, EmuDeck swapped over from the Flatpak to the AppImage. The primary reason for the swap to the AppImage was to use the official distribution of RPCS3 on Linux. The Flatpak/version you may download through Discover is maintained by the community and is an unofficial build.

If you are still using the Flatpak or are unsure which version you are using, you may swap over to the AppImage by opening the EmuDeck application, clicking the "Manage Emulators" tab, clicking RPCS3, and clicking both "Reinstall" and "Reset Configuration".

The AppImage works through Steam shortcuts created by Steam ROM Manager, ES-DE, and Pegasus. If you used Steam ROM Manager previously, you may need to re-add your PlayStation 3 games. If you created desktop files for ES-DE, you will need to recreate them so the AppImage is used instead. For instructions on ES-DE, see How to Configure RPCS3 to Work With ES-DE and Pegasus.

Any saves from the Flatpak version will be carried over when you reinstall and reset RPCS3 through the EmuDeck application.


RPCS3 Configuration

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  • Type of Emulator: AppImage
  • Config Location: /home/deck/Applications/rpcs3.AppImage
  • Storage Location: Emulation/storage/rpcs3/dev_hdd0
  • ROM Location: Emulation/roms/ps3
  • Firmware: Install the firmware through RPCS3's GUI. Read the Quickstart Guide for a tutorial
  • Saves:

    • Symlink: Emulation/saves/rpcs3/saves
    • Target: Emulation/storage/rpcs3/dev_hdd0/home/00000001/savedata
  • Your game will not show in the RPCS3 UI until you add it manually through the Add Game option under File in the top left.

Works With

  • Steam ROM Manager
  • ES-DE

RPCS3 Folder Locations

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These file locations apply regardless of where you chose to install EmuDeck (to your internal SSD, to your SD Card, or elsewhere). Some emulator configuration files will be located on the internal SSD as listed below.

Home Directory

~ refers to your Home directory

Hidden Folders

Directories with a . in front of their name, like ~/.steam, are hidden by default. In Dolphin(file manager), click the hamburger menu in the top right and toggle on Show Hidden Files.

~/.config/rpcs3

rpcs3/
├── captures
├── config
├── custom.configs
├── dev_bdvd
├── dev_flash
├── dev_hdd1
├── dev_usb000
├── GuiConfigs
├── Icons
├── input_configs
├── patches
├── sounds
├── config.yml
├── config.yml.bak
├── evdev_positive_axis.yml
├── games.yml
├── players_history.yml
├── recording.yml
├── uuid
├── vfs.yml
└── vfs.yml.bak
Emulation Directory

~/Emulation refers to either your home directory or SD Card/removable media depending on your installation location.

~/Emulation/storage/rpcs3

rpcs3/
└── dev_hdd0
    ├── disc
    ├── game
    ├── home
    ├── photo
    └── savedata

How to Update RPCS3

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  • Through the Update your Emulators section on the Manage Emulators page in the EmuDeck application
  • Manual file replacement of rpcs3.AppImage

How to Launch RPCS3 in Desktop Mode

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  • Launch RPCS3 AppImage from the Applications Launcher (Steam Deck icon in the bottom left of the taskbar)
  • Launch the script from Emulation/tools/launchers, rpcs3.sh
  • Launch the emulator from Steam after adding it via the Emulators parser in Steam ROM Manager

RPCS3 File Formats

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  • Folder Format: /PS3_GAME/USRDIR/eboot.bin

    • Place the folder in Emulation/roms/ps3
    • Visual Reference:

    • For more information on the Folder Format, read RPCS3's Quickstart Guide
      • Note: Read the Dumping Step-by-step section specifically
  • Install .pkg files directly through the RPCS3 UI

    • Note: You can drag and drop .pkg files to the RPCS3 UI
    • .pkg files are installed to: Emulation/storage/rpcs3/dev_hdd0/game/
  • Install .rap files directly through the RPCS3 UI
    • Note: You can drag and drop .rap files to the RPCS3 UI
    • .rap files are installed to: Emulation/storage/rpcs3/dev_hdd0/game/

Note: A file ending with the file extension, .iso cannot be played through RPCS3. In order to use a file ending with the file extension, .iso, you must first decrypt the .iso file (using a matching IRD file). After decrypting the .iso file, you may then use a file archiver like 7-Zip or WinRAR to extract the file into a working game folder.

Do keep in mind that this method is not recommended by RPCS3. Make sure to read RPCS3's Quickstart Guide to learn how to properly dump your games in order to have a working and usable ROM.

Steam ROM Manager Parsers

  • Folder Format: Use the Sony PlayStation 3 - RPCS3 (Extracted ISO/PSN) parser
  • PKG Format: Use the Sony PlayStation 3 - RPCS3(Flatpak) (Installed PKG) parser

RPCS3 Hotkeys

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N/A


How to Manage Updates

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Read https://wiki.rpcs3.net/index.php?title=Help:Installing_Game_Updates for a tutorial on how to download and manage PS3 updates.

The Linux version of the software mentioned in the above article can be found here: https://github.com/RainbowCookie32/rusty-psn/releases/.


How to Navigate to the SD Card Through RPCS3

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When using RPCS3's GUI to navigate to your SD Card or removable storage device, you will need to treat the location of the SD Card or removable storage device as a file path. Your SD Card or removable storage device will be typically located in /run/media/deck/SDCARDNAME.

To locate this file path, follow the steps below. The steps will cover how to install PKGs, RAPs, and Edats on your SD Card or removable storage device but you may also use the below steps for other RPCS3 functions.

  1. Open RPCS3
  2. Click File, click Install Packages/Raps/Edats
  3. On the left-hand side of the screen, click Computer
    • How to Navigate to the SD Card Through RPCS3: 1
  4. Open /
    • How to Navigate to the SD Card Through RPCS3: 2
  5. Open run
    • How to Navigate to the SD Card Through RPCS3: 3
  6. Open media
    • How to Navigate to the SD Card Through RPCS3: 4
  7. Open deck
    • How to Navigate to the SD Card Through RPCS3: 5
  8. On this screen, you will see a list of your SD Cards and removable storage devices. By default, your SD Card will be named with a long alphanumeric string
    • How to Navigate to the SD Card Through RPCS3: 6

RPCS3 Tips and Tricks

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How to Configure RPCS3 to Work With ES-DE and Pegasus

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AppImage

  1. In Desktop Mode, open RPCS3
  2. Skip this step if you have already added your games to RPCS3:
    • Either:
      • In the top left click, File, click Add Games, locate your game
      • In the top left click, File, click Install Packages/Raps/Edats, and install your PKG
      • For more information, read the File Formats section
  3. Right click your game, click Create Shortcut, click Create Desktop Shortcut
  4. On your desktop, you should see an icon for your game. Move this icon to Emulation/roms/ps3
    • If your desktop shortcut contains special icons any special symbols (Ex: the copyright symbol, ©), rename the desktop file to remove these symbols.
      • For example, rename God Of War® Collection.desktop to God Of War Collection.desktop, removing the © after War
  5. (Optional) If the desktop file is opening RPCS3 instead of the game:
    • In Desktop Mode, right click the desktop file
    • Click Properties
    • On the General tab, click Change to the right of the Open With line
    • Under Application Preference Order, click RPCS3
    • Click Remove on the right
    • Click Apply in the bottom left and click OK
    • The desktop file will not work in Desktop Mode, but will launch the game directly either through a terminal or through ES-DE
  6. Your game should now show up in and launch directly from ES-DE and Pegasus

If you get an Invalid file or folder error message, you will need to change the Alternative Emulator in ES-DE for PlayStation 3 to RPCS3 Shortcut [Standalone].

You may also do this on a per-game basis if you are using a mix of folders and PKGs. On a game, press the select button, scroll down and select EDIT THIS GAME'S METADATA, scroll down and select ALTERNATIVE EMULATOR, select PS3 and select the corresponding format.

Refer to https://gitlab.com/es-de/emulationstation-de/-/blob/master/USERGUIDE.md#sony-playstation-3, for additional information.

Flatpak

These are legacy instructions for the Flatpak installation from Discover. If you would like to use the AppImage, see Why did EmuDeck switch to the AppImage? for instructions.

  1. In Desktop Mode, open RPCS3
  2. Skip this step if you have already added your games to RPCS3:
    • Either:
      • In the top left click, File, click Add Games, locate your game
      • In the top left click, File, click Install Packages/Raps/Edats, and install your PKG
      • For more information, read the File Formats section
  3. Right click your game, click Create Shortcut, click Create Desktop Shortcut
  4. On your desktop, you should see an icon for your game. Move this icon to Emulation/roms/ps3
  5. Right click the shortcut, click Open with Kate or a text editor of your choice
  6. Edit the beginning of the Exec= line using the following template:
    • Original Line: `Exec="/app/bin/rpcs3" --no-gui
    • Updated Line: Exec="/usr/bin/flatpak" run net.rpcs3.RPCS3 --no-gui
      • Replace "/app/bin/rpcs3" --no-gui with "/usr/bin/flatpak" run net.rpcs3.RPCS3 --no-gui
    • Do not edit anything on the line after --no-gui
  7. Example, using Demon Souls:
    • Original Line: Exec="/app/bin/rpcs3" --no-gui "%%RPCS3_GAMEID%%:BLUS30443"
      • Original Line
    • Updated Line: Exec="/usr/bin/flatpak" run net.rpcs3.RPCS3 --no-gui "%RPCS3_GAMEID%:BLUS30443"
  8. Save and close out of the desktop file
  9. (Optional) If the desktop file is opening RPCS3 instead of the game:
    • In Desktop Mode, right click the desktop file
    • Click Properties
    • On the General tab, click Change to the right of the Open With line
    • Under Application Preference Order, click RPCS3
    • Click Remove on the right
    • Click Apply in the bottom left and click OK
    • The desktop file will not work in Desktop Mode, but will launch the game directly either through a terminal or through ES-DE and Pegasus
  10. Your game should now show up in and launch directly from ES-DE and Pegasus

If you get an Invalid file or folder error message, you will need to change the Alternative Emulator in ES-DE for PlayStation 3 to RPCS3 Shortcut [Standalone].

You may also do this on a per-game basis if you are using a mix of folders and PKGs. On a game, press the select button, scroll down and select EDIT THIS GAME'S METADATA, scroll down and select ALTERNATIVE EMULATOR, select PS3 and select the corresponding format.

Refer to https://gitlab.com/es-de/emulationstation-de/-/blob/master/USERGUIDE.md#sony-playstation-3, for additional information.


How to Configure Multiplayer

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RPCS3 comes with a nifty auto-map feature that makes setting up multiplayer a breeze. To set up multiplayer, you simply need to enable the additional ports.

Note: If you are in Desktop Mode, make sure that Steam is open.

  1. Open RPCS3
  2. Open the Pads menu in the Settings
  3. For each controller you are using for Player 2, 3, 4, etc, click the respective tab
    • You do not need to adjust any settings for Player 1
  4. Under Handlers, select SDL for each player you are enabling
  5. Under Devices
    • Player 2: Steam Virtual Gamepad 2
    • Player 3: Steam Virtual Gamepad 3
    • Player 4: Steam Virtual Gamepad 4
    • Player 5: Steam Virtual Gamepad 5
    • Player 6: Steam Virtual Gamepad 6
    • Player 7: Steam Virtual Gamepad 7
  6. Using Player 2 as an example:
    • On the Player 2 configuration screen, after you have selected the appropriate Device and Handler, click Refresh to the right of Handler
  7. After you are finished enabling any additional players, click Save and you may open your game either directly as a shortcut in Steam or through ES-DE and Pegasus
  8. (Optional) You may need to re-arrange the controller order in Game Mode for your controllers to function as expected. See How to Re-Arrange the Controller Order to learn how

Special Game Configurations

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RPCS3 Wiki

Some games may require additional setup, needing mods or alteration of settings. The RPCS3 Compatability List can be used to check for these. Simply search for the name of the game and click the hyperlinked name to view the wiki page for that game and see if there are any recommended or required settings changes.

EmuDeck Community Creations

Use the EmuDeck Community Game Configurations page to submit or view special game configurations.


How to Set up the Motion Sensor with External Controllers

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The PlayStation 3 controller, or the DualShock 3 notably had "Sixaxis". Sixaxis refers to the motion sensor used in a handful of games. One of the more popular games that utilized Sixaxis was Folklore. For a full list of games, see https://www.giantbomb.com/sixaxis-support/3015-5310/games/.

RPCS3 has implemented support to allow emulating the Sixaxis through evdev, which exposes the gyro in a large variety of modern controllers (including the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, 8BitDo Ultimate Controller, and the DualSense).

At this time, the Steam Deck gyro cannot be used. But if you own one of these controllers, you may emulate the Sixaxis through RPCS3.

Here's How

Desktop Mode

  1. Switch to Desktop Mode
  2. Exit out of Steam
    • You may exit out of Steam a couple of different ways:
      • Right click the Steam icon in your taskbar and click Exit Steam
      • Open Steam, click the Steam button in the top left, click Exit
      • Open a terminal (Konsole) and enter killall -9 steam
      • Do note that clicking the the X button in the top right of the Steam window will not exit out of Steam
    • Your controls will switch to Lizard Mode. Use L2 to right click, R2 to left click, and the Right Trackpad to move the mouse
    • You may also connect an external keyboard and mouse
  3. Click the bluetooth icon in the bottom right of your taskbar and connect your controller
  4. Click the Steam icon in the bottom left of the taskbar and open RPCS3
  5. Click Pads at the top
  6. Under the Player 1 tab, click the Dropdown box below Devices and select your controller
    • To switch back to the default controller layout, make sure Steam is open and select Steam Virtual Gamepad 1
  7. Click Save, and exit out of RPCS3

Game Mode

  1. In Game Mode, connect your controller
  2. Select your PlayStation 3 game
  3. On the Play screen, select the Controller icon to the right of the screen
  4. Select your controller tab at the top
  5. Click Reorder Controllers and move your external controller to the top
  6. Click the Gear icon to the right, and click Disable Steam Input
    • You may need to restart first for this setting to properly apply
  7. Your controller's gyro will now work for this selected game, repeat as needed for your other games

For a video, see below:

Post-Configuration

To restore the default Steam Deck controls:

  1. Open RPCS3
  2. Click Pads at the top
  3. Under the Player 1 tab, click the Dropdown box below Devices and select Steam Virtual Gamepad 1
  4. Select SDL under Handlers
  5. Click Save, and exit out of RPCS3

(Optional) To restore Steam Input:

  1. Select your PlayStation 3 game
  2. On the Play screen, select the Controller icon to the right of the screen
  3. Select your controller tab at the top
  4. Click the Gear icon to the right, and click Enable Steam Input
    • You may need to restart first for this setting to properly apply
  5. The controls will be reverted to Steam Input and the Steam Deck controls will be restored

How to Roll Back RPCS3 to an Older Version

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AppImage

Introduction

Your ROMs launch using a script created by EmuDeck, rpcs3.sh in ~/Emulation/tools/launchers.

Emulation Directory

~/Emulation refers to either your home directory or SD Card/removable media depending on your installation location.

The script launches the corresponding emulator in /home/deck/Applications and specifically looks for two traits:

  • The most recently downloaded version of the emulator in /home/deck/Applications, based on the file/release date.
  • The emulator name at the beginning of the file. Anything after the emulator name is ignored.
    • For example, if the latest version of the emulator is 1351 and you would like to downgrade to 1349. When you download version 1349, you could rename it to EMULATORNAME-1349.AppImage, and EmuDeck's script will ignore the -1349 in the file name, allowing you to record which versions of the emulator you are using through the file name.
How to Roll Back RPCS3
  1. Download the version of the emulator you would like to use from RPCS3's Builds page: https://rpcs3.net/compatibility?b
  2. Move the downloaded emulator from Step 1 to /home/deck/Applications
  3. (Optional) Rename or delete the original emulator file
  4. Right click the newly downloaded emulator, click Properties, click Permissions, check Is executable
  5. Your games will now launch using the version of the emulator you downloaded
Flatpak

These are legacy instructions for the Flatpak installation from Discover. If you would like to use the AppImage, see Why did EmuDeck switch to the AppImage? for instructions.

If you do not have access to a mouse and keyboard for the below section, use L2 to right click and R2 to left click. Alternatively, remote into your Steam Deck using one of the methods found in the FAQ, How do I remotely control my Steam Deck?.

  1. In Desktop Mode, open Konsole
  2. To see a list of prior versions of the emulator, type:
    • flatpak remote-info --log flathub net.rpcs3.RPCS3
  3. If Konsole prompts you to select system or user, enter 2 to select user
  4. Konsole will list a list of previous versions for the flatpak. The important line for each version is the Commit: line. The Commit: line will have a long accompanying alphanumeric string (the “commit” code). Copy the string for the version you want to downgrade to.
    • Using Citra as an example:
      • How to Roll Back Flatpaks: 1
  5. To downgrade to the version you want:
    • flatpak update --commit=put_commit_code_here net.rpcs3.RPCS3
    • Replace put_commit_code_here with the actual code you located in Step 2.
      • Using Citra as an example:
        • How to Roll Back Flatpaks: 2

If the above steps did not work and you are getting an error message along the lines of Flatpak not installed, your Flatpak is likely installed at the system level instead. Select one of the below solutions:

Solution 1: Open the EmuDeck application, click the Manage Emulators page, select the emulator in question, and click Reinstall / Update.

Solution 2: Add sudo in front of the commands written in Step 2 and Step 5. In Step 2, write sudo flatpak remote-info --log flathub net.rpcs3.RPCS3 and in Step 5, write sudo flatpak update --commit=put_commit_code_here net.rpcs3.RPCS3.


How to Configure Language Settings

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In-Game

  1. In Desktop Mode, open RPCS3
  2. At the top, click Configuration, click System
  3. Below Console Language, select your preferred language in the drop-down menu