Enhance your Xbox One streams with a good capture card.
While you can stream and capture in-game footage directly on the Xbox One, you don't get the best results possible. If you want the into footage, you need a capture card that acts as an interface between the console and your PC.
It's also an essential bit of kit if you want to make the most of your streams with webcams, fancy graphics overlays and what not.
There are a few different options out there to suit different needs and budgets. Here's a round-up of the best ones.
As an all-rounder, you can't go far wrong with the Elgato HD60S. The newest card from Elgato and an iteration on its popular HD60, it promises lag-free captures thanks to its new USB 3.0 interface.
That means low latency and an instant game view on the computer for 1080p 60fps footage. Elgato also future-proofed the HD60S somewhat by equipping it with the new standard, USB-C connector.
Elgato's software is also included, and it's a relatively straightforward, yet capable affair that helps you to stream directly to services like Twitch and YouTube. It can access sources like your microphone and webcam as well as take your custom graphics to make your broadcast really look its best.
And the box is so compact that it's not going to take up a whole lot of space in your setup.
Razer is a new player in the capture card space but is certainly no stranger to producing peripherals targeted at gamers. The Ripsaw is on par with Elgato's HD60S, including costing the same money.
The important things are there. It captures footage at 1080p at 60fps over USB 3.0 which means low latency for your streams. One additional trick the Ripsaw has is the ability to feed a secondary audio source directly into the feed, be that a microphone or music.
The Ripsaw also has component cable inputs included in the box for streaming with older consoles, but it doesn't have its own software like that offered with Elgato. That means using something like OBS or XSplit, which might put beginners off. For ease of use Elgato still has an edge right now. But more serious or experienced streamers will have a great time with the Ripsaw.
Avermedia Live Gamer Extreme
On a hardware level, the Avermedia Live Gamer Extreme is very similar to the Razer Ripsaw. It's a similar box with similar internals for a similar price. And that means low latency, USB 3.0 powered capture and inputs for external audio sources.
The big difference to the Ripsaw is that Avermedia includes its own software that can be used to capture and stream to YouTube and Twitch, which could make the difference. The Timeshift retroactive recording feature is pretty neat, too.
It's not quite as sleek looking, but you can also pop your own graphics into the panel on the top for the ultimate customization.
Elgato HD60 Pro
Much of the HD60 Pro is similar to the new HD60S from Elgato with one key difference. The HD60 Pro is not portable, instead being installed inside a desktop PC in a PCIe slot.
As such you can expect "superior low latency" as well as simultaneous 1080p60 H.264 while streaming at the same time. And like the HD60S it includes Elgato's fairly beginner friendly software.
It's a little more expensive than the portable options without being able to take it with you, but if you've a serious streaming set up at home it could be an excellent choice.
Elgato's older model now, the HD60 will still record 1080p footage at the magic 60fps mark. It also looks mostly identical to the HD60S save for the USB-C port. The different comes underneath, with only USB 2.0 supported here.
What that means is slower data transfers and with it a higher degree of latency, which may deter frequent streamers. If you're capturing more than streaming, it probably won't be an issue. And the HD60 is cheaper than the newer model, too.
You also get Elgato's software, as with the other options on this list, as well as being able to use things like XSplit and OBS. And it comes in white, too, if the color makes a difference.