Many users stream content from their PC to other devices, and it’s great if you want to enjoy multimedia content from your PC in your living room. However, some users report issues with Windows 10 streaming and PS3 Media Server.
According to users, streaming to PS3 Media Server worked flawlessly on Windows 8.1 but after upgrade those same users are unable to stream. This can be a big problem for some, but let’s see if we can fix that.
What to do if Windows 10 can’t stream to PS3 Media Server:
- Check your firewall
- Find the MAC address of your device and allow that device for media sharing
- Enable Media Sharing to TVs and gaming consoles
Solution 1 – Check your firewall
Make sure that PS3 Media Server isn’t blocked in your Windows Firewall. In addition, you might want to try to completely disable Windows Firewall by following these instructions:
- In the Search bar type firewall and select Windows Firewall from the list of results.
- Select Turn Windows Firewall on or off.
- Enter admin password or confirm that you want to disable Windows Firewall.
Also try adding exception for PS3 Media Server in Windows Firewall.
Solution 2 – Find the MAC address of your device and allow that device for media sharing
- Go to Control Panel.
- Next navigate to Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
- In Network and Sharing Center click Change Advanced Sharing Settings.
- Make sure that Network Discovery and File & Printer Sharing is set to ON.
- Next click on Media Streaming options.
- In the Show devices drop bar select All Networks.
- You should see some unknown devices.
- Double click each unknown device and check for their MAC address.
- Find the device that matches the MAC address of your PS3 and allow that device for media sharing.
Solution 3 – Enable Media Sharing to TVs and gaming consoles
- Go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > HomeGroup.
- Leave the current HomeGroup.
- Next open PC Settings > HomeGroup and create new homegroup. Make sure that Media Sharing to TVs and gaming consoles option in enabled.
- Next go to Media Player > Stream.
- Check Automatically allow devices to play.
- In your PS3 you should now see two media players, one called Guest and another one called something like Computer Name:Library Name.
- Use the Computer Name:Library Name media player and steaming should work without any problems.
That’s about it, I hope this article helped you to solve the problem with PlayStation 3 Media Server on your Windows 10.
Don’t forget to also try some simple solutions like restarting the Windows Media Network Sharing Service, confirming that your devices are on the same network and running the apps with Administrator rights.
We’d also like to add that if you really want a real PlayStation 3 experience on your Windows PC, you might as well use a PS3 controller. See our guide on how to do that.
If you have any comments or questions, just reach for the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensivenessEditor's Note: This article was originally published in November 2015 and was revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.