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How to Record PS3 Gameplay

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Jan 13, 22, updated Jun 12, 24

There is no better gaming experience possible when you play video games on a gaming console. PlayStation is one of the most popular gaming consoles, and owning a PlayStation gaming console is a dream come true for most gamers. If you are playing games on PlayStation 3 and you want to record your gameplay, you have to know the ways on how to record PS3 gameplay.

Unlike PS4 and PS5, PlayStation 3 does not have an inbuilt screen recorder to capture your gameplay perfectly. That is why you have to opt for other available methods, and the most common way is to use a capture card to record gameplay. In this article, we will also state how to record PS3 gameplay without capture card.

Way 1. How to Record PS3 Gameplay without Capture Card

There is no doubt that you have to shell out bucks to purchase a good-quality capture card. However, if you are not willing to buy one, there is an alternate way available. You have to install a PS3 emulator on your computer so that you can see your PS3 gameplay on your computer screen with capture card. Thereafter, you have to use a PS3 game recorder to record your gameplay. We recommend Wondershare Filmora - best video recorder to capturegameplay from PS3 emulator. Here are the steps to follow.

Step 1: Download and install Wondershare Filmora.

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Step 2: Open Filmora and select New Project option.

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Step 3: Go to Record and click on Record PC Screen option.

Step 4: Set the screen size as per the PS3 emulator's screen size.

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Step 5: Click on the Record button to start recording your gameplay.

You will get a few seconds to start playing your game on PS3 and stream that on PS3 emulator on your computer. When you are done playing, press F9 to stop recording.

Way 2. Record PS3 Games with Capture Card

Since PS3 does not have any means to record gameplay into the gaming console, you have to connect your gaming console to computer for recording. However, you cannot connect a gaming console directly to your computer for playing games and recording them. You need to buy a capture card to connect your gaming console to computer. The most popular capture card is Elgato Game Capture HD. You can record PS3 gameplay at a very high quality and here are the steps to follow.

Step 1: Connect PS3, capture card and computer via HDMI cable.

Step 2: Connect your PS3 to your TV and the USB cable from the capture card should go to your computer.

Step 3: Turn on PS3 and go to Settings to make sure PS3 software is updated so that there is no issue in connectivity with capture card and computer.

Step 4: On your computer, configure the capture card and you must be seeing the same gameplay that you are seeing on your TV. To record the gameplay, you can use any online screen recorder or the inbuilt screen recorder of your capture card.

Way 3. Record PS 3 with USB

Not many gamers are aware of the fact that they can record their gameplay with USB storage device when their gaming console has USB port. Specifically for PS3 users, you need to purchase a USB pen drive and format it in FAT32 from your computer. You will need Snagit 11 or 12 gameplay recorder to achieve your objective. Here are the simple steps to record PS3 gameplay easily.

Step 1: Download and install Snagit 11/12 on your computer.

Step 2: Connect your USB drive to your computer.

Step 3: Go to the drive where you have installed Snagit and go inside TechSmith folder.

Step 4: Copy Snagit from the folder to your USB drive.

Step 5: Now, unplug the USB drive from computer and plug it into your PS3.

Step 6: Start playing your game on PS3 and Snagit will start recording your gameplay in the background.

Step 7: When you are done playing, unplug the USB drive and connect it to your computer to get the recorded gameplay.

Way 4. Record PS3 with OBS Studio

If you are looking for a way on how to record ps3 gameplay for free, OBS Studio is your solution. OBS is a popular software in the gaming community through which most gamers live stream their gameplay on Twitch and YouTube. However, the OBS Studio is a great scree recorder and you can record PS3 gameplay easily. However, you will first need to stream your gameplay on your computer screen for OBS Studio to capture. You can use a capture card or a PS3 emulator to stream PS3 gameplay on computer screen. Here are the steps on how to record your gameplay on PS3 with OBS.

Step 1: Launch OBS on your computer. Go to Sources tab, click on “+” button. Select Game Capture from the menu.

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Step 2: Give the game capture session a name and click on OK button.

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Step 3: Select Capture Any Fullscreen Application from Mode drop-down list.

Step 4: Click on OK button and you will see your Game Capture session under Sources.

Step 5: Open your PS3 gameplay on your computer screen and you will see the game on the OBS window.

Step 6: Click on Start Recording button and start playing on PS3. The recording will go on in the background.

Step 7: Once you are done, come back to OBS and click on Stop Recording.

The Bottom Line

Even though PlayStation 3 is not the latest gaming console and there is no built-in screen recorder like PS4 and PS5, you can still record your gameplay and upload on social media and video streaming platforms. The best way is to buy a capture card and use Filmora to record PS3 gameplay flawlessly. You can edit the recorded video and make it more interesting to get positive feedback from online viewers.

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