Best 4K Capture Cards for Xbox One X Windows Central 2020
The Xbox One X is a remarkable console capable of playing games at 4K resolution up to 60 frames per second (FPS). But what if you want to share your high-resolution gaming exploits with the world? The console can capture footage internally, but for the best quality and control, you'll want an AVerMedia Live Gamer 4K.
It is simply unbeatable right now if you're using an Xbox One X.
Not only does the Live Gamer 4K capture 4K video at 60 FPS, but it's the only consumer capture card that can also capture HDR, as well as high frame rate 1080p video and pass-through.
Who should buy this capture card?
Anyone looking to capture 4K video from their Xbox One X at up to 60 FPS with or without HDR will be in the best hands with this capture card.
Is it a good time to buy this capture card?
Absolutely! The Live Gamer 4K is AVerMedia's newest internal capture card and there's little chance of it being discontinued or refreshed in the foreseeable future. Prices have also come down a little since its initial launch, so it's even better value right now.
Reasons to buy
- 4K capture at 60 FPS.
- Captures HDR.
- 4K HDR passthrough.
- Easy to use.
Reasons not to buy
- Requires a desktop PC.
The best capture card for Xbox One X for now
AVerMedia's flagship internal capture card, a PCIe one as opposed to a USB connection, is the company's first foray into a consumer 4K60 capable unit.
You get not only 4K capture at 60 FPS but 1440p capture at 120 FPS and 1080p capture at a mindboggling 240 FPS if you want to use it with a PC. The Live Gamer 4K is also capable of capturing HDR content, which is a pretty big deal.
Capturing HDR footage is a big deal.
The connection is PCIe x4 Gen 2 and you get virtually no latency between what's happening on your console and in the RECentral companion app, or your favorite streaming software. You can capture in the efficient h.265 format, and the icing on the cake is an RGB light strip to really set it off inside your rig.
To capture in 4K60 you'll need a fairly capable PC, but nothing too crazy. A 6th Gen Core i5, 8GB of RAM and a GTX 1060 is the minimum, but with a much lesser spec PC you can still enjoy 4K HDR pass-through and capture 1080p 60 FPS video. Importantly, in our experience, the Live Gamer 4K has never delivered any issues, software or hardware, and if you're reliant on your capture card that peace of mind is priceless.
Alternatives to AVerMedia Live Gamer 4K
The Live Gamer 4K may well be the best, but it's also not the only great choice out there to use with the Xbox One X. Here are some top alternatives.
The updated model is so much better.
Elgato comes out swinging with a new model that handles HDR and high-frame-rate passthrough.
Elgato's previous version was always a little too expensive and feature-lacking compared to the competition. The latest model offers not only HDR, but passthrough up to 240 FPS at 1080p, though capture does seem to be limited right now to 60 FPS. The price is now also very aggressive, which for some might be enough to make it the one to get.
It doesn't have a hardware h.264 encoder like its smaller brother, the HD60 Pro, but it can still render footage at up to a 140Mbps bitrate to make sure it always looks its best.
If you use with a laptop or a small-form PC, the Live Gamer Ultra is where it's at.
Being able to capture 4K video from your Xbox One X on a laptop is made possible by this incredible little box from AVerMedia.
You can't get 60 FPS at 4K, but this USB 3.1 card can grab 30 FPS at this resolution, which is still impressive. The Live Gamer Ultra can still pass through 4K60 video and HDR, though it can't capture the latter. But at least your output doesn't suffer because you're using a USB capture card.
Capture at 1080p can go up to 120 FPS, so it's also good to use with a PC. If you're using a laptop the requirements are fairly high. An Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 8GB of RAM and a GTX 1050 Ti are necessary for 4K, but it's still a remarkable external capture card.
Best for streaming
A great budget card with 4K pass-through
You can't capture in 4K with this, but it does allow a 4K60 pass-through which means that your Xbox One X games can look as intended while your video is a little more streaming friendly.
The Ripsaw HD uses USB-C 3.0 for almost zero latency, which makes it perfect for streaming with, and the video it can capture might be limited to 1080p60, but it's uncompressed at least so results are very good.
It's also only $160, which makes it the cheapest here by some margin. Streaming doesn't go above 1080p60 anyway yet for virtually all of us. The Ripsaw HD lets you enjoy your games at their best while producing a great stream at a great price.
The AVerMedia Live Gamer 4K is hands down the best capture card on the market right now. It handles everything you could possibly throw at it, and a bunch more you hadn't even thought you might want to do. From the perspective of an Xbox One X owner, it is impossible to beat.
If you're simply looking to stream, though, something like the Razer Ripsaw HD is a more cost-effective alternative. It handles 1080p60 video for your stream, while the 4K pass-through ensures that you're seeing your games as they were intended.
Whichever you choose, your games will look incredible.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Richard Devine Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming.
Jez Corden is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing on Xbox, Surface, and Windows PC. He spends the vast majority of his time gaming, or writing about gaming, with a mission to provide gamers in the Microsoft ecosystem the best and most up-to-date info possible.
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