How to Use the PS5 Camera for Streaming Gameplay

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What to Know

  • Plug in the camera and go to Settings > Accessories > Camera > Adjust HD cameraOK and follow the prompts to calibrate.
  • Tap the Create button on the PS5 controller. Click Broadcast > More > Broadcast Options > Display Camera > Go Live.
  • You can't use the camera for VR games.

This article teaches you how to set up the PlayStation 5 camera so that you can use it for streaming gameplay. It also explains any limitations or restrictions.

How to Set up the PS5 Camera for Streaming 

Setting up the PS5 camera is a fairly straightforward process but there are a couple of pitfalls you want to avoid. Here's what you need to know to physically install your PlayStation 5 camera.

  1. Take the PS5 camera out of its packaging.


    There's no need to assemble the base as it's ready assembled. Remember to remove all plastic protective packaging around the camera lens.

  2. Plug the USB cable into the back of the PlayStation 5 console.


    Only the back USB sockets work with the PS5 camera. The front USB socket won't recognize the camera.

  3. Place the camera in front of your TV in a central location.

  4. Move the cables behind your console and TV so it looks neater.

How to Configure the PlayStation 5 Camera

Once you've plugged your PS5 camera in, you need to briefly configure it on the PlayStation 5 console. Here's what to do.

  1. On your PlayStation 5 dashboard, click Settings.

    PlayStation 5 dashboard with Settings highlighted
  2. Scroll down and click Accessories.

    Playstation 5 settings with Accessories highlighted
  3. Click Camera.

    PlayStation 5 accessories settings with Camera highlighted
  4. Click Adjust HD camera.

    PlayStation 5 accessories settings with Adjust HD Camera highlighted
  5. Click OK.

    PlayStation 5 Adjust HD camera settings with OK button highlighted
  6. Position yourself so that your face fits in the frame of the resulting image.

  7. Do this three times in a row clicking Next each time.

  8. Your PS5 camera is now calibrated to work correctly with your PlayStation 5.

How to Use the PS5 Webcam While Playing

Now that your PS5 camera is all set up, the main reason why you'd purchase one is so that you can stream gameplay via Twitch or YouTube while also streaming your visual reactions as you play. Here's how to use the PlayStation 5 camera while you stream gameplay.


Read up on how to stream gameplay on your PS5 if you haven't done so before. 

  1. Load the game you wish to stream.

  2. Tap the Create button on the PS5 controller.


    The Create button is between the d-pad and the touchpad.

  3. Click Broadcast.

    PlayStation 5 with broadcast button highlighted
  4. Click the three-dot (More) icon.

    PlayStation 5 broadcasting with more icon highlighted
  5. Click Broadcast Options.

    PlayStation 5 with Broadcast Options highlighted
  6. Click Display Camera.

    PlayStation 5 broadcast options with Display Camera toggle highlighted
  7. The camera is now displayed in the middle left corner of the screen. You can move it around with the d-pad to find a better location for your stream.

  8. Click X to agree to its placement.

  9. Click Go Live to start the stream.

    Playstation 5 Go Live button highlighted for streaming gameplay

What Can't I Do With the Playstation 5 Camera?

The PlayStation 5 camera is a useful tool for streamers but it does have some limitations. Here's a quick look at what it can't do.

  • You can't use it for VR games. If you want to play PS4 VR games, you'll still need to use a PlayStation 4 camera to do so. The PS5 camera doesn't work with VR games in any way, so you may need to own two different cameras.
  • You can't record yourself while recording gameplay. You can use the PS5 camera when streaming gameplay live but if you want to record gameplay, you can't record your visual reaction to it just yet. 
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