Elgato HD60S

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 raw HD 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.

Elgato HD60S

HD60S

As an all-rounder, you can't go far wrong with the Elgato HD60S ($160). The newest external capture 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.

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Avermedia Live Gamer 4K

Live Gamer 4K

On a hardware level, the Avermedia Live Gamer 4K ($299) is arguably the top dog right now for consumer grade capture cards. Not only will it capture 4K video at up to 60 FPS, but it will also allow capture and passthrough of HDR, too.

It's an internal capture card (with added RGB which is terrific) and for folks using it to capture PC footage the Live Gamer 4K can do 1440p at 120 FPS and 1080p at a whopping 240 FPS.

It's compatible with all the major broadcasting software like XSplit and OBS, as well as having its own companion app that has a whole bunch of features to make capturing footage as easy as possible.

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Elgato HD60 Pro

HD60 Pro

Much of the HD60 Pro ($179) is similar to the new HD60S from Elgato with one key difference. The HD60 Pro is not portable. Instead, it's installed via a PCIe slot inside a desktop PC.

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 have a serious streaming set up at home it could be an excellent choice.

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Elgato 4K60 Pro

4K60 Pro

For most of the people, most of the time, the new Elgato 4K60 Pro will be overkill and not worth the extra outlay over the impressive HD60 Pro. That said, this is 4K content capture at a reasonable price. It still isn't cheap at around $390, but for that money, you're getting a PCIe capture card capable of recording 4K video at 60 FPS. Which makes it perfect for content creators with the Xbox One X.

You also get ultra-low latency and a dedicated application to capture high-res video, while supporting the same applications as the regular Elgato cards for streaming.

You'll need some decent hardware in your PC to use it, but right now it's one of the only accessible 4K capture cards for the mass market, and it does a pretty great job at it.

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Updated June 27, 2018: The AVerMedia Live Gamer 4K joins our roundup of the best capture cards you can buy.

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