Forensic Analysis of a PlayStation 3 Console

  • Scott Conrad
  • Greg Dorn
  • Philip Craiger
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 337)


The Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) is a powerful gaming console that supports Internet-related activities, local file storage and the playing of Blu-ray movies. The PS3 also allows users to partition and install a secondary operating system on the hard drive. This “desktop-like” functionality along with the encryption of the primary hard drive containing the gaming software raises significant issues related to the forensic analysis of PS3 systems. This paper discusses the PS3 architecture and behavior, and provides recommendations for conducting forensic investigations of PS3 systems.


Sony PlayStation 3 gaming console forensic analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott Conrad
    • 1
  • Greg Dorn
    • 1
  • Philip Craiger
    • 1
  1. 1.National Center for Forensic ScienceUniversity of Central FloridaOrlando

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