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Guide: How to Use Your PS3 Eye as a Webcam for Windows PC


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199w ago - This weekend fl1pp13 has shared a guide on Dutch site PS3-Sense.nl (linked above) on how to use your PS3 Eye from the PlayStation 3 entertainment system as a Webcam for a Windows PC.

Download: PS3Eye Camera Setup v2.1.0.0130 (for the required PS3EyeTest.exe) / CL Eye Driver v4.0.2.1017

To quote, roughly translated: It is now increasingly common for laptops have a built-in webcam. Because of this chat is becoming increasingly popular.

Not everyone has the money for a laptop or an external webcam. But what if you already have the PlayStation Eye? For several months, this one with some special drivers to get working on almost every version of Windows.

The webcam has pretty good specs, but for the experts among us we have a list:

• 4 channel audio input:16 bits/channel, 48kHz, SNR 90db - 4 channel audio input: 16 bits / channel, 48kHz, SNR 90dB
• 56º or 75º Field of View zoom lens - 56 º or 75 º Field of View zoom lens
• 2.1 F-stop, less than 1% distortion, fixed focus (25cm to 8 at 75 º FOV)
• 640 x 480 at 60 frames/second - 640 x 480 at 60 frames / second
• 320 x 240 at 120 frames/second - 320 x 240 at 120 frames / second
• USB.0 high-speed data transfer - USB.0 high-speed data transfer
• Uncompressed video or optional JPEG compression - Uncompressed video or optional JPEG compression

Of course we can not just connect the PlayStation Eye. The hands of Sony, we must first install the drivers.

We will choose the "CL Eye Platform Driver." For the illiterate among us have given these sets of beautiful colors. We choose this time for green.

If we have, we downloaded the same program installed. Just follow the standard installation process, because if you choose the wrong settings may not get the eye working.

If this installation is complete, we first start the computer, then connect to the Eye. For this test we look at the special test program installed or working properly. This program is probably on your desktop, but otherwise you must find him under the name 'PS3EyeTest.exe'

In this program you should see yourself now are good, with some options to change the colors change. These have to adapt their own preferences, but most people just leave this for what they are.

The program will not always work equally well and sometimes we have to reset the Eye. We do this by restarting your PC and plug in the Eye when your PC is showing life again.

The installation process easy to make I recently created a roadmap for you, which you in four steps with all the nice girls to chat on MSN.

Step 1: Make sure your PlayStation Eye is not connected.
Step 2: Download the correct drivers, called CL Eye Platform Driver.
Step 3: Install these drivers.
Step 4: Connect the PlayStation Eye again.
Step 5: Ensure that the PlayStation Eye works well in the test program called PS3EyeTest.exe.

Caution! The program has been tested on Windows XP and Vista. This may mean that users of Windows 7 may experience difficulty using the driver. Use at your own risk!



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DeViL303's Avatar
#10 - DeViL303 - 199w ago
I was also doing this years ago when ps3 eye first came out but now that many more people own one of these because of psmove its good to highlight info like this, the video and sound quality from this camera when used on a pc is really good and it would make a good value webcam even for people who didnt own a ps3.

even though its only 1.3 mega pixel it has picture quality of a much higher camera probably due to build quality of lens. also mic is great for picking up sound from all around room, friend of mine records youtube videos of him playing guitar and thinks its great!

FleetwoodSho's Avatar
#9 - FleetwoodSho - 199w ago
The guide mentions they have not tested on windows 7.

I have been using the driver on windows 7 for months now and can confirm the PS3eye driver works with windows 7. I am only using it for capturing video as it is being used as a security camera.
That's funny, it doesn't want to capture video on my Windows 7...

It keeps giving me an error everytime I try to record (using the CL Eye program), yet it works just fine for streaming...

hacked2123's Avatar
#8 - hacked2123 - 199w ago
Had mine hooked up when I was reading this... and was all like... when did I get out of a time machine?

It is a nice webcam though. On going thread on how it lacks Google Talk video support... and only Google Talk video support, lol.

zoned's Avatar
#7 - zoned - 199w ago
The guide mentions they have not tested on windows 7.

I have been using the driver on windows 7 for months now and can confirm the PS3eye driver works with windows 7. I am only using it for capturing video as it is being used as a security camera.

PS3 News's Avatar
#6 - PS3 News - 199w ago
Well, you can if you want but it won't accomplish much except waste a little time... it's not like you have to prove yourself as I already believe ya.

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