Use your EyeToy as a webcam
It’s easy to install the EyeToy as a webcam for Windows, and it’s actually worth doing – the picture quality is excellent, and equals many of the more expensive webcams made specifically for computers. The EyeToy will work for video messaging, making movies, MSN, and also for PC webcam games such as Camgoo. We’ve used the EyeToy as a webcam on lots of desktop and laptop computers without any problems – but of course, installation is entirely at your own risk!
If you know what you’re doing, then you won’t need to read the instructions below, just plug in your EyeToy, get the appropriate driver and install it however you want.
Open Device Manager by going to Start Menu > Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager. Plug your EyeToy into your computer’s USB port – if Windows gives you a “Welcome to the Found New Hardware Wizard” popup, cancel it and continue installing via Device Manager. You EyeToy should appear in the Device Manager list under “Imaging devices” and should have a big yellow exclamation alert next to it. It will also tell you which model EyeToy you have – either Namtai or Logitech.
Download and extract the appropriate drivers for your EyeToy:
Still in Device Manager, right click on your EyeToy and select “Update Driver”.
Browse to the folder where you extracted the drivers.
You can safely click ‘Continue anyway’ here. This warning just means that Microsoft doesn’t recognize the drivers and have not given them the “Microsoft Stamp Of Approval”.
Just click OK.
Read the prompt, have a look around and see where you are, then click Yes or No.
Test it out!
To easily test your EyeToy as a webcam, you can use VIDCAP32.exe, which is included with the drivers. This is a webcam preview application that tests if Windows has successfully been able to install your EyeToy as a webcam – just open it and click on ‘preview’.