How to Install Swap Magic on the PS3


The Swap Magic device lets PlayStation 2 users play .ISO backup copies of the PS2 games in their collection. If you have a PlayStation 3 system that is capable of playing PlayStation 2 games, you can also use Swap Magic to play these backup files on your PS3 system. If you want to boot Swap Magic on your PS3 system, you need to install a specific file on a USB stick and insert the USB stick into a specific USB port on the system.

Things You'll Need

  • USB flash drive
  • Download the USB loader file from This file is required to use Swap Magic on the PS3 system.

  • Insert the USB stick into on of the computer's flash drives. Click the "Start" button and select the "Computer" option. Double-click the flash drive's removable storage device icon to view its root folder.

  • Right-click and select the "New Folder" option. Name the folder "SWAPMAGIC."

  • Drag the USB loader file you downloaded in step one into the folder you created in step three. Rename the file "SMBOOT0.elf."

  • Right-click on the USB drive's removable storage device icon and select the "Eject" option. Remove the USB drive from the computer's USB port.

  • Insert the USB drive into the left-most USB port on the PS3 system. Turn on the PS3 system and insert the Swap Magic disc into the PS3's disc drive.

  • Select the "Swap Magic" option from the "Game" section of the PS3's XrossMediaBar. Press "Up" on the controller's D-Pad and the "L1" button simultaneously to open the Swap Magic USB loader.

  • Press the "Circle" button to enter into the Swap Magic USB loader menu. You can now use Swap Magic to play your backup games.

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