How to use the Playstation 3 Eye as a webcam on Windows

Playstation 3 Eye

Full credit goes to AlexP, the administrator of the NUI Group forum for developing this driver to work under Windows! It’s an amazing feat and a feature requested by many people so kudo’s to him! This should work under Windows XP and Vista. Older versions of Windows I am unsure of, however if you have tried it and managed to get it working, please leave a comment so I can credit you.

  • You download the PS3EyeSetup file and simply install it, following the on screen prompts
  • Plug in your Playstation 3 Eye
  • After its installed it should look like the bottom screen

PS3-Eye-Webcam-01

Credit to AlexP of NUI Group

Once its installed you can run the PS3EyeTest.exe file to test your Playstation 3 Eye camera which will show a picture and the Frames Per Second (FPS) count.

PS3-Eye-Webcam-02

Credit to AlexP of NUI Group

And that’s it! You should be able to use it under most Windows applications as well as a webcam or for other purposes. It is a cheap and rather powerful camera as it is, much more than the Playstation 2 Eyetoy and a worthy upgrade if you have one around.

EDIT: The original setup file was removed due to reports of Trojans. I have replaced it with the most recent version found on Alex’s website.

New PS3Eye Camera Setup v2.1.0.0130

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  • Hi the file posted here is a Trojan! Please update the link of download..

    • eMagi

      Files have been scanned and do not contain trojans.

  • Pocky

    Okay, so I installed the driver and every thing and when I do the test for the ps3 eye it just says initializing driver but the cam never turns on because I assume the cam would show video right away. Does any one know how I can fix it?

  • uhm is the file trojan fixed yet? gosh whats up with people adding trojans on files like if its fun or something.. lamesssssss

  • I have updated the post with the latest driver and setup files. I’ve scanned them and its all clean. Hope it works for you guys ^_^

    As for why people put in trojans in such files… I have no idea at all. However I’m sure it wasn’t intentional on Alex’s behalf.

  • KenKaniff

    Got the app workin fine. Only issue i have is that it must have installed to a folder that doesn’t seem to allow it to be used as a webcam or image capture devise. i have an acer aspire one w/built in webcam but wanted to see if i could run this anyway. If u have any ideas, they would be appreciated..thx

  • Danny H

    hey i’ve downloaded it got it working and everything but now it is saying on windows live no device found but on the ps3 test scan/run i can see my self perfectly plz help me . thx

  • Jason M.

    yeah, so i downloaded it and when i click on Ps3Eye test App it says cannot run something about missing WINUSB.DLL and it said to reinstall it so i did and it still doesn’t work can i get some assisstance

  • dantheman

    worked for me

  • Racheal Sims

    i downloaded it and when i click on the test, it says there is not ps3 eye found

  • AirbenderFan3000

    says that it could not find the ps3 eye

  • AirbenderFan3000

    says that it could not find the ps3 eye