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 ($179). 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.

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Razer Ripsaw

Ripsaw

Razer is a new player in the capture card space but is certainly no stranger to producing peripherals targeted at gamers. The Ripsaw ($155) is on par with Elgato's HD60S, including cost.

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.

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Avermedia Live Gamer Portable 2

Avermedia LGP 2

On a hardware level, the Avermedia Live Gamer Portable 2 ($141) is very similar to other choices on this list. It offers full 1080p resolution and 60 FPS with h.264 hardware encoding for your captures, so they'll always look their best.

The distinguishing feature of the Live Gamer Portable 2 is that you can use it without a PC . The included microSD card slot means you can capture footage anytime, anywhere without the need for your computer, as well as your party chat. And that's pretty damn nifty.

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. But with a one-tap way to start recording or streaming, it's one of the best for the gamer on the go.

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Elgato HD60 Pro

HD60 Pro

Much of the HD60 Pro ($152) 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 the first time we've seen 4K content capture drop to a reasonable price. It still isn't cheap at $399, 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 serious hardware in your PC to use it, but right now it's the first 4K capture card that's worth looking at by the mass market.

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Updated January 2, 2018: The Elgato 4K60 Pro and the Avermedia Live Gamer Portable 2 both make their debuts in our roundup.