If you are a gaming fanatic or even if you haven’t been living underneath a rock for most of your life, you will be familiar with Sony’s PlayStation range. The latest is the PS5 which just came out and while it might be a great Christmas gift over the holiday, let’s face it not everyone can get it that quick. This is why today’s article is based on the next best thing; the PS4.
This is of course the predecessor to the latest PlayStation and was launched in 2013 as a part of the brand’s 8th generation console range. This home video game console is made by Sony Computer Entertainment and is a direct competitor of other big gaming names such as the Wii, the Xbox, and the Switch.
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We will start with a few technicalities of the PS4 but ultimately this is a review based on the procedure to use a PS4 camera on your PC. However, before we get to that, let’s take a look at why you should opt for the PS4 in the first place.
Can you even use the PS4 Camera on a PC?
Now before we get to the steps to use a PS4 camera on your PC, we need to ask the question. Is it even possible to do that? The answer is yes, ideally this is possible. However, you will need a USB adapter to get that done.
Sony has now begun producing their adapters to make this easier but they are only available for the PS5 at the moment and chances are that they might only come out for newer models.
You may also cut and fit a USB 3 cable onto your device to make this exchange work. However, since this is not something that was supposed to work at all, you should be aware that it may not work with your operating system or your extension cord.
Something might not stick with the motherboard either so before you buy the camera, you need to know the risks associated with this process.
There is always the loophole of getting a free adapter from Sony in case you have a PSVR headset but again this is a recent development. This may seem like a long and technical procedure but the benefits at the end will be well worth it.
This is because once the camera is attached, you can easily use it to get your console to recognize your face and it becomes much easier to start a voice chat with your teammates or even to stream and broadcast your game.
However before you can reap the benefits, you will need to go over this detailed guide on how to use a PS4 camera on a PC so that you are well aware of how to hook the camera and set it up for use.
The first step is actually to attach the camera to the console with the aid of an Aux cable.
Then just find a good enough place for the camera which ideally should be at eye-level and completely straight so that you get a good visual.
It should be in front of the face and you might have to make a few adjustments. That seems simple enough and this is where it gets slightly more complicated.
However, just read carefully and trust the process and you should be using your PS4 camera on your PC in no time.
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Below is the detailed procedure on how to use a PS4 camera on your PC:
Step 1: The first step is as we mentioned earlier, to connect your PS4 camera and PC with the aid of a USB 3.0 or another adapter. This is where the USB ports on your camera or computer come in handy.
Step 2: Next, you can select the Device Manager and go to Other Device in the manager to select the option of USB Boot
Step 3: The next step is to create a new folder and save it with a name of your choice in the location where you want it to be. The new name should be something that can link it to the PS4 camera you are about to connect.
Step 4: Then, once the new folder has been renamed, it is time to save it in a visible location such as the Desktop which is the most accessible.
Step 5: The next step is vital as you have to download the installation files required to make this work. There are a lot of different sources you can use. One such is the lib use which is super popular thanks to it allowing you to decide the kind of package you get.
Step 6: If however, you want a normal file, you can opt for a different method. This includes downloading the installation files from the Orbis Eye Cam USB driver online as it is easily available and the file name should be relevant to this.
Step 7: If you feel like this is too technical at any point just remember that you can download the files and still only use the part for visual and audio components. The next step depends solely on the kind of operating system you have. If you have the 34-bit operating system then you need the X86 version whereas the X64 bits need you to download the X64 bit version.
Step 8: All of these resources can be found online and are freely accessible to all.
Step 9: Next, once you have decided which path is best for you, you will either download or install the Orbis Eye Cam driver or the LibusBK driver.
Step 10: The next step is to simply load and run the files for example for the first step you will run the OrbisEyeCameraFirmwareLoader.exe.
Finally, all you have to do is run the drives and test run the camera by turning it on and using it.
By now your camera should be working great and if you want to take it one step further, you can easily adjust the settings of your PS4 camera and set it to Broadcasting by following these steps:
One of the main goals to even add to your PS4 camera is to enable streaming or broadcasting onto various platforms. So if the camera is now completely installed onto your PC, you can easily stream your gameplay on any platform such as YouTube or Twitch.
Doing this is pretty easy since all you need to do is click on the button to share your screen as you play. Select the option that says Broadcast Gameplay.
No matter the streaming service you select, the process will be the same. Once you are there if you have an existing account, all you have to do is start playing. However, if you want to make a new account then you can simply open up a new ID and this is also pretty easy!
Click on the X menu and then press the ‘Include Video from PlayStation Camera option. You will find this under the option of Broadcast on the screen and be sure to also include audio in your broadcast so that you have a seamless experience.
This is also important if you wish to continue chatting with your team as you play and stream.
Windows 10 is one of the most popular operating systems in the world and this is how to open your PS4 Camera specifically in Windows 10:
The first step that you need to take is to open the device and this is usually with the aid of the Start Button. Next, you have to sift through the list of all the applications till you come across the camera.
Select it and since it realizes that you are trying to open more than one app simultaneously, it will require you to change the privacy settings.
This means that you will go to Settings, select Privacy, and then click on Camera to change this. This is when you will select the “Let Apps Use My Camera” option and you can add in the apps in which you want the camera to be active.
This is when you should turn on your PS4 profile and then ensure that your camera has been angled and positioned in a way where you can get the best view of your face so the apps can recognize it.
You should also consider being closer to an adequate light source to achieve this. The next step is to click on the menu for Settings and proceed to select the login Setting option.
Once this has been done, all you have to do is select the button that says enable Facial Recognition from the menu. This will allow you to edit existing information or even has an option for you to add new faces.
All you have to do is click on the option that says Add Face Data to achieve this.