How to Extract PSARC Files for PS3 Games with RPCS3
PSARC is a file format used by Sony PlayStation 3 to store game data, such as textures, sounds, models and scripts. Some PS3 games use PSARC files to compress their data and reduce the size of the game disc or digital download. However, PSARC files are not compatible with RPCS3, the open-source PlayStation 3 emulator for Windows, Linux, macOS and FreeBSD. To play these games on RPCS3, you need to extract the PSARC files and place them in the correct folders.
In this article, we will show you how to extract PSARC files for PS3 games with RPCS3 using a free tool called psarcps3extractor. This tool can extract PSARC files from any PS3 game disc or digital download and convert them into folders that RPCS3 can read. You will need a PC with Windows 7 or later and a PS3 game disc or digital download that uses PSARC files.
Step 1: Download psarcps3extractor
psarcps3extractor is a command-line tool that can extract PSARC files from any PS3 game. You can download it from https://github.com/aldostools/psarcps3extractor/releases. Choose the latest version and download the zip file. Extract the zip file to a folder of your choice.
The PSARC files are usually located in the USRDIR folder of the PS3 game disc or digital download. You can use a program like RPCS3 [^1^] or PS3 Firmware [^3^] to mount the game disc or digital download and browse its contents. Alternatively, you can use a file manager like WinRAR or 7-Zip to open the game disc or digital download as an archive and extract the USRDIR folder.
Once you have located the USRDIR folder, copy it to the same folder where you extracted psarcps3extractor.
Step 3: Run psarcps3extractor
Open a command prompt window and navigate to the folder where you extracted psarcps3extractor and copied the USRDIR folder. Type the following command:
This will scan the USRDIR folder for any PSARC files and extract them into subfolders with the same name as the PSARC files. For example, if there is a file called data.psarc in the USRDIR folder, it will be extracted into a folder called data inside the USRDIR folder.
The extraction process may take some time depending on the size and number of PSARC files. You can check the progress by looking at the command prompt window.
Step 4: Copy the extracted folders to RPCS3
Once psarcps3extractor has finished extracting all the PSARC files, you can copy the extracted folders to RPCS3's game directory. The game directory is usually located in:
If you don't see this folder, you may need to enable hidden files and folders in your file manager settings.
Inside the game directory, you should see a folder with a code that matches your game's region and title ID. For example, if your game is Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (USA), the folder should be called BLUS30022. If you don't see this folder, you may need to run RPCS3 once and install your game disc or digital download.
Open this folder and replace its USRDIR folder with the one that you extracted with psarcps3extractor. Make 0efd9a6b88