The Sony PlayStation 3 is a powerful gaming computer with many advanced features. Its included software and hardware combine to create a specialized piece of equipment that is designed to handle large game files. Like all computers, the PS3 is susceptible to errors and may occasionally need to be reset. While flipping the power switch may seem like the easiest way to reset your console, it is important to perform a hard power cycle to prevent damage to your PS3.
Press and hold the power button on the front of the console for five seconds. Wait until you hear a beep, then let go of the button. Wait for the system to shut down fully; all its lights and fans will turn off once the console has shut down.
Flip the power switch on the back of the PS3. This switch is only included on "fat" models, so skip this step if you own a "slim" model.
Unplug the console from the wall outlet and wait five minutes. If you are attempting to fix a "yellow light of death," leave your console unplugged for at least 30 minutes.
Plug in the PS3, flip the power switch on the back and press the front power button to reboot your console.