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Ready to install PS3HEN? Thanks to u/Bluexyon for the guide!


What we will need for this procedure is a USB drive and a PC/Laptop or any way to transfer over files to the USB.

  1. 1.
    Download the 4.87.1 HFW from Joonie on the PSX-Place Forums.
  2. 2.
    By now you should have a .zip file, extract it by using an unarchiver of your choice.
  3. 3.
    Take your USB and make sure you format it to FAT32 (formatting will erase all of your files on it).Here is an easy to follow Video on how to.
  4. 4.
    Create a folder called PS3 and another folder called UPDATE inside it by right clicking and choosing New Folder. Make sure you enter the folder names EXACTLY as I typed it.
  5. 5.
    Now move the HFW_4.87.1_PS3UPDAT.PUP inside the UPDATE folder and rename it to PS3UPDAT.PUP by right clicking it and choosing Rename.
  6. 6.
    Now safely take out the USB or eject it and insert it on the PS3 (right-most port).
  7. 7.
    On the PS3, enter Safe Mode and do the following:
    • Turn the system off.
    • Press the power button, but keep holding, even past the first beep.
    • Continue to hold as the system beeps again.
    • Let go when the system double-beeps and shuts off.
    • Now, repeat the above steps.
    • Once you're in Safe Mode, connect a controller with a USB and choose option 6.
    • Update the firmware on your PS3 to 4.87.1 HFW on your USB.
  8. 8.
    It is recommended to do this twice as the firmware might not let you exploit on the first try.
  9. 9.
    After your PS3 finishes the update and once on the XMB go to your PS3 Web Browser and press Triangle, then choose the Tools option and go down to Delete Cookies, from there go ahead and Delete Cookies/Search History/Cache and Authentication Information then exit out from the browser.
  10. 10.
    Re-open the browser press Start on the controller and then type in
  11. 11.
    Once you're on the website move the cursor to the top left corner and hover over the PS3HEN option. In the drop down Menu choose from the HEN Installer/Enabler or the HEN Enabler (Alternate). I personally recommend the HEN Enabler (Alternate) Since it's easier to use.
  12. 12.
    After going through the HEN Installer, go into the Network > Remote Play option and quickly start spamming Circle to exit. Now you should see an Install HEN option above Remote Play, press X on it and wait for the installation to finish and then reboot the PS3.
  13. 13.
    After rebooting, enable HEN and you're set to play backups and install homebrew. HEN requires that you enable it every time you restart, so make sure you do that to play backups or use homebrew.
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What we will need for this procedure is a USB drive and a PC/Laptop or any way to transfer over files to the USB.