How to Record PS3 Gameplay with Your Laptop (No Capture Card)

Lisa Ou

Oct 22, 2020 16:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

Different from PS4, the HDCP protection in PS3 makes it impossible to record PS3 gameplay with Elgato Game Capture HD60 S and other similar hardware. You need to prepare component cables and game recorder software to record on PS3.

How to Record PS3 Gameplay with Your Laptop (No Capture Card)

Then here comes the problem, how to record PS3 gameplay footage? Just continue reading and get the detailed steps here.

1. How to Record PS3 Gameplay without a Capture Card

Most game capture cards are not compatible with PS3. If you want to record PS3 gameplay for YouTube and other video sharing sites, using FoneLab Screen Recorder is your best choice. You can record video and audio on PS3 without lag. The PS3 recorder software is lightweight and easy to use. It’s okay if it is the first time you record gameplay on PS3. The entire PS3 gameplay recording process can be completed within few steps. After that, you can preview, trim, save and share PS3 game videos to any platform with ease.

  1. Record PS3 gameplay with a laptop in HD.
  2. Screen capture on PS3 games with internal sound and voice over.
  3. Add narrations while recording gameplay on PS3.
  4. Cut out unwanted video clips with a real-time preview window.
  5. Save PS3 game video into MP4, AVI, WMV and other formats without quality loss.
  6. Share PS3 gameplay to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms directly.
  7. You can also record gameplay on PS4.

Use an HDMI cable to connect the PlayStation 3 HDMI port and HDMI capture card input port. As a result, you can see the PS3 screen on your computer.

Free download, install and launch FoneLab Screen Recorder. Choose Video Recorder to activate its PlayStation 3 video recorder.

fonelab screen recorder interface

Set the PS3 gameplay window as the screen capture area. Turn on System Sound and Microphone to record PS3 gameplay video with audio. You can also use it as a webcam recorder if you need.

video recorder

Click REC to play and record gameplay on PC. You can take a screenshot on streaming PS3 game with its Screenshot option. After finishing PS3gameplay recording, click Save followed by Next to export it. You can save or upload PS3 for YouTube and more based on your need.

save recording videos

2. FAQs of Recording PS3 Gameplay

Does PS3 have screen recording?

No. You cannot screen record on PS3 directly. There are three main solutions to record videos on PS3. Firstly, use a PS3 recorder to record playing video games on PS3. Secondly, use some old types of capture cards to record PS3 screen in game. Thirdly, position a video camera or your phone to capture video of your PS3 gameplay.

How to record PS3 gameplay with a USB?

Using a USB capture card to record PS3 gameplay is also a common choice. Just connect the AV connector to your PS3’s AV port. Find and connect the related yellow, red and white AV ports on your USB capture card. After that, you can record PS3 gameplay through a USB.

How to record PS3 gameplay with iPhone?

If you want to record on PS3 without a computer, you can use the iPhone Camera app to record gameplay from PS3 as well. It is a free screen recorder to record PS3 gameplay without buying anything. Position your iPhone close to the TV directly. Make sure the entire frame is filled with the TV image edges. Dim the lights and use a tripod to improve the PS3 gameplay recording quality. But the audiovisual quality is still not as good as desktop PS3 screen capture software.


All in all, you can record PS3 gameplay with HDMI cable and laptop successfully here. Physical HDMI capture cards are expensive and hard to use. While shooting PS3 with cameras and phones are poor in quality. The recommended way to record and post PS3 game video to YouTube is using FoneLab Screen Recorder. You can capture PS3 gameplay with HDMI on your computer without lag. No quality loss or overwhelming interface.

The PS3 recorder offers a free trial for all new users. If you are not sure whether it is good to use, you can free download and have a try right now. It is 100% safe and free to record gameplay from PS3, PS4, Xbox and other consoles no more than 3 minutes. If you are satisfied with FoneLab PS3 screen capture software, you can upgrade to its full version.

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