TUTORIAL: How To Use A PS4 Camera on a PC

Video calls, game streaming and, webchats just became better than ever. By using your PlayStation 4 Camera or PS4 compatible webcam, you can now record your own gameplay, as well as stream it to Twitch or any other service using XSplit Broadcaster.

Besides your camera, all you need is a Sony Entertainment Network account and a PlayStation 4 console running a PS4 OS v2.00 or higher.

Now you can use your PlayStation 4 camera as a webcam on your PC, record your gameplay, and stream it online.

Wondering how to use ps4 camera on a PC? It’s quite simple. All you need to do is to install PS4 camera software onto your Windows computer.

Sony Camera V2 for PlayStation 4

In this article, we’ll break down the steps that you can take to get up and running with your PS4 webcam.

HOW TO USE A PS4 CAMERA ON A PC

Total Time: 5 minutes

Connect the PS4 camera via an adapter to a USB 3.0 port on your PC.

NOTE: The PlayStation console camera requires your PC to have a USB 3 port. It won’t work on USB 2.0. You might need one of these adapters. Connect the PS4 camera to your PC with one of these cables. On your Windows PC, you should hear the audio notification that a new device has been connected.

On your PC, click the Windows Start menu and start typing “Device Manager” and click on it.

If you can’t find it by searching, look directly within Control Panel.

Under Other devices, check that USB Boot shows.

If it doesn’t work or you encounter USB power issues, you can refer to this page for help.

Next, download the windows driver to get your PS4 camera working here.

We’re not responsible for the content of any external websites by the way. Use at your own risk.

Once downloaded, extract the files into a folder called PlayStation PS4 Camera Driver or similar.

Run InstallDriver.exe. Go through the installation program and click on finish.

Back to Device Manager, USB Boot should now appear under the Universal Serial Bus Devices.

If not, try refreshing.

In the folder that you extracted the downloaded file into, run OrbisEyeCameraFirmwareLoader.exe.

If Windows asks for permission, click allow.

In the Device Manager, USB Camera-OV580 should now appear under the Cameras section.

If it does not appear, refresh.

Test that the PS4 camera works properly within any camera app that uses a webcam within Windows.

If these steps don’t work, somebody with technical knowledge within the PS4 Subreddit Group should be able to assist.

Supply:

  • USB 3.0 cable

Tools:

  • Orbis Eye Camera Firmware

Materials: PS4 Camera PC with USB 3.0 port

If at any stage you need libusbK, you can find it here.

Here’s another link for the Orbis Camera Boot Driver.

This guy has more detail in this video here:

 

Accessories to Enhance Your PS4 Camera and Entertainment Setup

We think you might enjoy these recommended accessories if you’re into PS4 VR:

1. Charging Stand For Your VR Headset (also simultaneously charges the controllers)

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2. Privacy Shield For Your PS 4 Camera v2

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3. PlayStation 4 VR Move Controller & Camera Bundle

PlayStation 4 VR Move Controller & Camera Bundle

So, now it’s time to get into the weeds a little and figure out how to get your PlayStation 4 camera working on your computer.

What’s Inside A PlayStation 4 Camera?

Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment, the PlayStation Camera (PS4 Camera) is a sophisticated motion sensor camera for the PS4 and PS5.

Teased to the world in February 2013, the PlayStation camera was finally launched in November 2013.

It has a dual-camera configuration where one f/2 lens can be used to record, and the other lens can be used for motion tracking.

It’s actually the same motion sensor used by the PlayStation VR virtual reality headset kit.

The PlayStation 4 Camera is compatible with the PS4, Xbox One, Mac OS X, most Windows 10 gaming/streaming software, and various Freeware apps.

The PS4 Camera can also be used with PC webcams to record your video chats or social media messages, and it can become an essential part of your gameplay with programs like StreamLabs and XSplit Broadcaster.

Built into the camera is a 4-channel array of microphones that reduces the majority of background noise and it can understand basic voice commands.

The technology can come on a long way since the Eyetoy camera released a decade previously.

Does the PS4 camera work on the PC?

Yes, the Sony PS4 camera does work on the PC. Follow our step-by-step guide above to connect your camera to the computer.

Streaming Settings for Broadcasting via PC with the PS5 or PS4 Cameras

OK, so your PC already has the camera installed and connected. Next, let’s try streaming via the Twitch app or another streaming platform.

When playing, you can press the share button from the controller. You’ll have a choice of selecting YouTube or Twitch when you choose Broadcast Gameplay from the menu.

You’ll need to login (or create a new account). Choose “Include Video from the PlayStation Camera” which you will see under the Broadcast menu item.

If you want to be able to communicate via voice command and do voice chat with your friends then you’ll need to choose “Include Audio in Broadcast”.

If you don’t select this, you’ll have no audio because your microphone won’t work. It’ll just be a glorified USB webcam with no audio.

By the way, if you wondering how to live stream with a DJI Osmo 2, we’ve got you covered there too.

Opening a PS5 or PS4 Camera in Windows 10

To get your camera working with other apps, you’ll need to change the privacy settings to allow other apps to use the camera.

1. Settings > Privacy > Camera

2. Check “Let Apps Use My Camera”

Improve Audio When Streaming PS4 Using a PC Webcam

You can use professional microphones when using your PS4 camera as a webcam.

You will need Xsplit Broadcaster and PS4 Remote Play.

  1. Enable Remote Play by signing in and completing registration. If this is successful, you should see the PS4 screen on your PC’s monitor.
  2. Open an account or sign in to Xsplit Broadcaster. Choose your platform to broadcast and add the remote play screen.
  3. Next, add your webcam but selecting “Add Camera Now”.
  4. Optionally, if you would like to go live, select your broadcast platform.
  5. Have fun!

This guy is celebrating after connecting his PS4 Camera on a PC

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions About Using PS4 Cameras on PC

Is the PS4 camera worth it?

A few years ago, this was questionable. However, nowadays, it’s not expensive and you can use it to play a handful of vintage PS4 games.

If you’re big into VR, it’s a must.

Can the PlayStation camera spy on you?

Technically, once the PlayStation camera is connected up, it is always listening out for voice commands. If you have audio enabled and you’re playing online against another player, then the microphone can pick up everything you are saying.

So, while it’s not purposefully spying on you, please remember that you should be mindful that it is listening whenever it is connected and powered up.

What resolution is the PS4 camera?

The PS4 camera has 2 dual cameras comprising of 1280 x 800 pixels when operating at 60 Hz. This drops to 640 x 400 pixels when using a 120 Hz refresh rate.

Finally, a 240 Hz refresh rate lowers the resolution to 320 x 192 pixels.

Can you use PS4 VR without a camera?

No. The PS4 console requires the camera’s motion sensor to watch your moves within a VR game.

Virtual reality on a PlayStation 4 requires the camera to be connected and working properly.

Does the PS4 camera record all the time?

Yes. There is a 15-minute buffer where the last 15 minutes of gameplay is recorded onto the consoles memory cache. However, it will only save to a more permanent memory if you tell it to.

Do you need a good PC to stream from the PS4 or PS5 console?

Not really. You can use any modest computer since at least 2010 to stream from the PS4 or PS5 console.

However, you’ll need to ensure you have decent broadband bandwidth and that your PC is not concurrently running too many programs that may result in a poor streaming experience.

Final Thoughts

And, so there you have it. Our comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to use a PS4 camera on a PC. Put that tech from your PS4 console to good use.

You don’t need a capture card, just some decent PS4 games, perhaps a PlayStation VR headset, and some technical patience while you get everything connected up.