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Upgrade Your Playstation 3 to PS4 for Free

September 12, 2019

Hey guys, ThioJoe here, and for the last few months, so many people have been asking me if it’s possible to upgrade the PS3 to the PS4 just like it’s possible to upgrade the Xbox 360 to Xbox One, and yes I’ve finally figured it out, this is gonna show you have to upgrade the PS3 to the PS4 for free. It’s really not that hard, might take a couple of minutes, but I think you’ll have no problem with it. Basically what’s gonna happen is we’re gonna trick the PS3 into installing a PS4 update, so it’s gonna overwrite the OS, and wipe everything off so that we can get that PS4 OS on there. Now it’s no surprise that this upgrade process is similar to that of the Xbox 360, but it is a little bit different. Again we’re going to be using the game disc update, these are updates that are on a PS4 disc that are mainly for people who don’t have an internet connection and so they can update their system and play games that require a certain system version, without having to download that update. So you’re just going to need any PS4 disc, I’m going to be using call of duty Ghosts but it really doesn’t matter which one you use. Now the way we’re going to upgrade through this disc is different from the regular update process. We’re gonna have to boot into a special safe mode on the PS3 to get to this more lenient upgrade process, so I’ll walk you through it, and it’s not that hard, but I want to point out that there’s no way to go back from this. Once you get to the PS4, you’re stuck there also, that means that any data on the PS3 is gonna be gone, it’s gonna be all wiped, you’re installing a whole new OS. So obviously, as always, if you have anything important on there, back it up now. We’re going to go to the PS4 right now and I’ll show you exactly what you have to do. Alright so I’m at the TV with the PS3 and obviously it is off right now. You want to start with the PS3 off, you want to unplug any USB drives or anything. The only thing you want to have plugged in is a controller or two. Those are the only things you can have plugged in, and then you want to boot into safe mode by doing the following process. Alright so we want to boot into safe mode, don’t put your disc in yet, just have it ready. What you want to do is first, with the Playstation 3 off, press and hold the power button. After 5 or so seconds, you’re going to hear a beep and then you wait a few more seconds and then you’re going to hear another beep, and the playstation is going to turn off. Alright so there we go now we want to do the same thing, press and hold, after 5 seconds there is going to be a beep, and then shortly after you’re going to hear two beeps. Now it’s going to boot into safe mode, and at this point, you want to put in your PS4 disc. So when you boot into safe mode, this is the first thing you’ll get, you gotta connect a USB cable, with a controller. Now I already have one controller. Now, be very careful at this menu. If you select the wrong thing, it’s going to completely wipe your system, and it’s not going to upgrade to PS4. So ignore everything except you want to go down to System Update. Do not click any of the other options, except perhaps Restart System. Now, once you click system update, it’s going to say connect that contains data, then press start and select at the same time, but we’re not gonna do this, because we already have the disc in there, and it’s gonna just look for the media, and it’s really lenient so it’s gonna be tricked anyway, so we’re gonna press start and select. It’s checking. Now we don’t have any USB drives, so hopefully it’s going to see the disc and read the update off of that. Alright so it took a while but it’s finally preparing to update and it just says “Do not Turn off The System”, obviously. Now it’s just reading from the disc now, so hopefully it’s gonna work it’s worked in the past, so I know it will. And I’m just going to skip through I guess…. Ok so we’re at 95 and we’re about to get to the end of update processing, and then we’ll see what happens after this, I believe there is going to be more prompts. So we’ll see what happens, because it’s done now. Alright so that took longer than expected, but we’re back and it’s ready to do the update it says PS3 system 4.75, I think it just defaults to that because it’s the latest version of the PS3, so we’re just gonna press the PS button, but really it’s going to update to the PS4 So checking update data… please wait… Alright and after it checks, we now get to the agreement just get through all that, do not turn it off during the update, obviously, and now we’re ready to install the update it’s now installing the PS4 OS onto the PS3 Again, I’m just going to skip through so you guys don’t have to watch, and we’ll see what happens at the end of the update… Oh wow, ok, it just zoomed to the end there! Alright so I guess it’s restarting now, that applied really quickly. And… yea ok here’s the boot up logo, let’s see if it went through completely, and alright so here it is, we’re at the setup screen and it worked, and you can see, I’m not going to go through the whole thing, but you know, it’s going to ask us to set it all up, but you guys can see that it worked and that’s all there is to it, you now have a free PS4. And that is it! You should now have a freely upgraded PS4 running on a PS3 I haven’t even noticed any performance issues, you might though because it is older hardware. I’m not sure if Sony is going to patch this I doubt it, because it is an older generation console, so you should be good for a while. I really hope you guys liked this video, let us know in the comments how it went, you can interact with other people there as well, and like the video if you found it helpful, and you can subscribe for more videos just like this. On the right hand side you can check out some other videos, such as how to upgrade your Xbox 360 to Xbox One, or even upgade Xbox 360 to PS4. These links will also be in the description if you’re on a phone, as well as any other social media links, you can follow media links, you can follow me on Twitter, subscribe, all that good stuff. Thanks again for watching, I hope you found this helpful, I will see you next time, have a good one.

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  • Reply Logan Braveheart August 16, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    How to upgrade a PlayStation in the Xbox get a PC don't use inferior hardware point blank

  • Reply Prestol 709 August 16, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    What the fart

  • Reply PlayGamer August 16, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Does the PS4 and PS3 game work

  • Reply Maddog3628 Maddog August 17, 2019 at 5:55 am

    Lol can he turn my Mac cheese grater os Mac 9 into a nasa space ship lol

  • Reply Maddog3628 Maddog August 17, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Ohh wow it just zoomed to the end there as he just quickly switches hdmi to ps4

  • Reply Maddog3628 Maddog August 17, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Lol I don’t know he he kept a straight face

  • Reply Maddog3628 Maddog August 17, 2019 at 6:00 am

    This is so fake hahah

  • Reply Miguel Cuschieri August 17, 2019 at 8:19 am

    If you upgrade the ps3 into a ps4, it still can play ps3 games?

  • Reply AKA-Fusion August 17, 2019 at 11:10 am


  • Reply Prabin chacko August 17, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Who all came to read comments before watching it😁

  • Reply Filipe Santos August 17, 2019 at 5:52 pm


  • Reply sammy orta August 17, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Yeah sure buddy lmao

  • Reply Luis Vieira August 17, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    I just upgraded a turd into a Ps4 thanks man

  • Reply Regi Iruthayam August 18, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    u just brought a ps4 and replaced it

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    My account got deleted!!! Tell me how to put it back on now i spent 200 dollars on account!!

  • Reply Ryan August 19, 2019 at 4:14 am

    I came back to find this to show a buddy how ridiculous some of this guys videos were. haha I laughed so hard at the old comments of people you actually tried this and erased their shit.

  • Reply Matheus Kambala August 20, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Will the ps3 games still play

  • Reply ClipShots August 20, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Holy fucking shit! I just turned my toaster into a new mini Nintendo 2DS XL Lite Deluxe!! Thanks Dude!! So helpful!

  • Reply farren brown August 21, 2019 at 3:31 am

    This guy is funny. And very sad

  • Reply Adrian Bird August 21, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Yeah I think it worked

  • Reply Apptube August 21, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Wow my ps3 upgraded to ps2.
    Really works if u want ps2

  • Reply A Movies August 21, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    When you upgrade you playstation to ps4 can you play ps3 games on it ?????

  • Reply subhaan ashraf August 21, 2019 at 6:16 pm


  • Reply Stickman Gamer August 21, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Hey bro thanks i upgraded my honda to a bugatti chiron

  • Reply Heynaenae1 Plays August 22, 2019 at 3:49 am

    what do you do when you put a ps3 game in there would it work

  • Reply Tristan Michael Vanzile August 22, 2019 at 5:30 am

    My ps3 upgraded to a ps10 wtf

  • Reply Carol Cate August 22, 2019 at 9:11 am

    bruh now i have to start new game at my nfs rivals noob

  • Reply Light sprite August 22, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    My PS3 upgraded to a PS3.Thanks man I saved a lot of money $_$

  • Reply yesin OU August 22, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    It realy works🤗👍

  • Reply bastian coe August 23, 2019 at 1:24 am

    wowa.. he found a very cool glitch

  • Reply Halima Ahmed August 23, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Who actually tried this lolololol

  • Reply Tim The Taco August 23, 2019 at 3:53 am

    Who thinks this is real because I dont

  • Reply ItsAnes August 23, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    I hate you just for making jokes

  • Reply HappyModVideos August 23, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    I dont have a ps4 disco , So What do i do ?

  • Reply Ammoo zammo August 23, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Plz make a video on performance so we can decide if it's worth upgrading or not… since you said there is no going back… also would it read ps4 CD's normally? And isn't the ps3 controller different? So would games run normally on the ps3 controller with ps4 game?

  • Reply M1S†eR FREE D August 24, 2019 at 12:51 am


  • Reply K Orbista August 24, 2019 at 7:09 am

    It's real?

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    Thamks i upgraded my ps5 to a ps6 thx man

  • Reply PnPoint Muzic August 26, 2019 at 2:45 am

    Thanks man!!My Ps3 Upgraded 2 A Ps13…These Games Are The Best

  • Reply KAVITHA DHANAVELU August 26, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Can we dual shock 3 for thos upgraded ps4

  • Reply Anand Jaiswal August 26, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    It possible with ps3 slim also

  • Reply Grace Donkor August 27, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Shut up man that's not possible

  • Reply SaVaGe Aaish August 27, 2019 at 11:37 am

    I have changed my car to a toaster

  • Reply Sara Poltopong IEMOTO August 29, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Is this really working? Cause I wanna try it

  • Reply gino salviulo August 29, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    hey just tried it still reads no data found what do i do

  • Reply AlphaWolfFurry August 29, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    You know I can see your right hand on the HDMI switch right lol

  • Reply RezBen Playz, Ps4& More August 29, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    1. Build a toaster into your PS3
    2. Build a battery in it
    3. Turn it on
    4. Throw it in the bathtub

    5. Throw your YouTube channel in it

  • Reply The7nUp August 29, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    It's impossible idiot! stop pandering garbage! ♫♪♫♪♫♪

  • Reply Desmantelado # August 29, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Hello, I can not speak English, I am writing this review by the automatic broker, but wanted to express how this video helped me, amazing channel I will write with confidence!


  • Reply PUBG Gamer August 30, 2019 at 6:13 am

    System update can support multiman software?

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    I'm unsubscribing you because you waste my time

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  • Reply Monster67Kurd August 30, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    is this real??

  • Reply JF Gaming August 31, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Guys…. Please read description

  • Reply Gaming guru Kush August 31, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Oh wow my ps3 converted into a garbage 🗑 bin

  • Reply Gamer_YT Gekke YT August 31, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I just upgraded my PS3 into a Pentium 1

  • Reply The Short cuber August 31, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    I worked for me

  • Reply StatsMods August 31, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    System Update is only on a storage media, a disc is not a system storage. Even if it was, it doesn't have the PS3UPDAT.PUP

  • Reply Jules Gabriel Purugganan August 31, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Gang bang this guy

  • Reply Jblockman93 September 1, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Wow! It even works in 2019! I can pay rent now and I don’t have to get a ps4. I actually can’t believe it…

  • Reply Derrick Trevor September 1, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Please don't lie I tried and it failed

  • Reply FortniteGamer TV September 2, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Umm how did this joke actually work?

  • Reply Adela Ashie September 2, 2019 at 9:06 am

    you are a fool

  • Reply Alessandro Ceriola September 2, 2019 at 9:38 am


  • Reply Janne Romppainen September 2, 2019 at 4:22 pm


  • Reply BbNolga Perez September 2, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Sweet 👍I was afraid I was gonna have to dish out to buy a PS4 but thanks you sir

  • Reply A guy with an Anime profile September 3, 2019 at 3:59 pm


  • Reply Nicholas Kreutzer September 3, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    My cousins actually bought into this and told me to try it. Don't believe everything you see on the internet, children. lmao.

  • Reply klouer tap September 4, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Shit I will donot try it with my ps

  • Reply Zown TM September 4, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    sorry but after the PS3 games go?

  • Reply nied so laud biede September 5, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Bro thats fake. My ps3 turned into a SNES…

  • Reply Home Tab September 6, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Love your videos

  • Reply RoySaly71 September 6, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Guys, just buy 2 PS2s and tape them together.

  • Reply Dale Gabriel Tan September 6, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Instructions unclear…

    I accidentally made a PS1 instead….

  • Reply William Boyer September 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    How to turn your game and watch into a 120 frams pc

  • Reply Maurice tyner September 7, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Just wondering!! Has anyone tried this? Did PS3 upgraded to PS4? Here sounds Legit😅😅😅

  • Reply killerbee ty September 7, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    I upgraded my ps3 wow now it seal ps4's

  • Reply K1NG SL4YER September 7, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I remember trying this in 2015

  • Reply Darkblade61 1 September 8, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Bro does dis work

  • Reply Tahira hafeez September 8, 2019 at 5:40 am


  • Reply Capt. Neeraj September 8, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Turned my PS3 into PS10

  • Reply Shokudai September 8, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    This is great I also downloaded some spare ram.

  • Reply The RiddleR September 8, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    I have a ps4 than why the f&/#? I am watching this

  • Reply derpman 3021 September 8, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    It sucks how you don't make fake videos any more

  • Reply Comeback Z September 9, 2019 at 2:26 am

    I was downgraded I got a ps2 now

  • Reply Debbie Georgeadis September 9, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Did it work?

  • Reply Joseph Desrosiers September 9, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I like the video but it still play ps3 games

  • Reply Ace Android emulation September 9, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Your face is evil on your thumbnails

  • Reply HASU KILLER September 9, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Tnx I upgrade my ps3 to a large LG TV because I have a ps4 now😂😜😝

  • Reply DaRealWorld September 9, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    I cant believe some dudes even believed this was possible. Worst of all, when the info comes from this guy…

  • Reply victor hugo velazquez martinez September 10, 2019 at 4:30 am

    I got cancer by watching this video

  • Reply chuckles September 10, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Thanks turned my ps3 to gameboy advanced

  • Reply GameSon September 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Why does my PS3 show a NES logo

  • Reply Joseph Desrosiers September 10, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    People saying it doesn't work it just a hoax

  • Reply The best Friends September 10, 2019 at 7:33 pm


  • Reply 0G-Legend September 10, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Its a joke

  • Reply jay boschetto September 10, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Ok i would of loved some fool to of tryed this prats vid lol

  • Reply Satirtha Chatterjee September 11, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Give him an Oscar!

  • Reply Huracany_dude 5509 September 12, 2019 at 7:04 am

    My whole sistem just froze now

  • Reply Abdul Halid September 12, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Oh shit bro i have seen my future thumbs up

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