Best Game Capture Cards for Xbox One Windows Central 2020
While you can stream and capture in-game footage directly on the Xbox One, you won't get the best results possible. If you want the raw footage to stream or make videos with, 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 the like — something the AVerMedia Live Gamer 4K in particular excels at.
- Best for 4K: Avermedia Live Gamer 4K
- 4K passthough: Razer Ripsaw HD
- Lag free: Elgato HD60S
- Console king: Elgato HD60 Pro
- Capture and stream: Elgato 4K60 Pro
- External 4K: AVerMedia Live Gamer Ultra
- Driver-free: AVerMedia Live Gamer HD2
On a hardware level, the Avermedia Live Gamer 4K is the top dog right now for consumer grade capture cards. Not only will it capture 4K video at up to 60 frames per second (FPS), but it will also allow capture of HDR Passthrough, 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.
The latest Ripsaw HD from Razer is an external capture card with a big party piece for Xbox One X owners. It captures and streams at 1080p60, but it allows for passthrough at 4K60, meaning you can enjoy your games as intended while producing a great looking and more broadcast-friendly stream. It uses HDMI 2.0, has 3.5mm input for party chat mix, and comes at a very attractive price, with literally everything you need to get going in the box.
As an all-rounder, you can't go far wrong with the Elgato HD60S. The newest external capture card from Elgato has a fast USB 3.0 interface for low latency and an instant game view for 1080p 60 FPS footage. Elgato also future-proofed the HD60S somewhat by equipping it with the new modern USB-C connector. Elgato's beginner-friendly software is also included, and it can access sources like your microphone and webcam to make your broadcast really look its best.
Much of the HD60 Pro 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 software.
Not only can the 4K60 Pro capture 4K video at up to 60 FPS, but thanks to nifty technology you're able to do this as well as simultaneously streaming at 1080p thanks to Elgato Stream Link. 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.
The Live Gamer Ultra is very close in features to AVerMedia's Live Gamer 4K in that it delivers 4K capture, but from an external card you can use with a laptop. At 4K you're grabbing video at 30 FPS, or higher if you step down to 1080p. It uses USB 3.1 for ultra-low latency and even allows HDR passthrough so you'll always enjoy your games at their best.
AVerMedia's other internal capture card is for folks looking to capture and stream at 1080p60 and its big benefit is having absolutely no driver requirements. Simply plug it into your desktop PC and use it with your favorite software. It just works, and there's no fuss.
If we had to choose...
There are a lot of great capture cards to choose from now to suit different needs and budgets, but all are better options than streaming directly from the Xbox, especially if capturing footage is a priority. If you're an Xbox One X or PC gamer, the AVerMedia Live Gamer 4K is absolutely the best of the bunch. It handles 4K, HDR and high-frame rates while being priced aggressively. And who doesn't like RGB?
Alternatively, AVerMedia has the Live Gamer Ultra if you're looking for 4K capture but don't have a desktop PC that handle an internal capture card. It's not quite as powerful, but it's very close, and allows HDR passthrough so you can enjoy your games at their best.
For most people, though, the Razer Ripsaw HD is a very good choice. 4K is still in its infancy, and if you're a streamer, in particular, you aren't going to be wanting more than 1080p at 60FPS anyway. But the Ripsaw HD doesn't force you to downgrade your 4K games on Xbox One X thanks to its 4K60 passthrough. And USB 3.0 means no lag, which means a crisp, in-sync stream.
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