Best Webcams for Xbox One Windows Central 2021
Did you know nearly any USB webcam works on Xbox One? Microsoft supports a growing range of third-party webcams, for use with Skype video calls, live streaming, and more. We've rounded up some of our favourite webcams with Xbox One in mind.
- Best overall: Logitech C920
- Going live: Razer Kiyo
- Balanced buy: Logitech C615
- Best for budget: Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
- Just the essentials: Trust Spotlight Webcam
- Where it started: Microsoft Xbox One Kinect Sensor
Logitech's C920 is one of the best cameras on the market right now with a balance of quality and affordability. It records at 1080p, alongside fast autofocus technology, and low-light compensation for late-night gaming sessions. Paired with dual microphones, and a privacy shutter for peace of mind, it's an excellent fit for any situation.
The Kiyo is part of Razer's streamer-certified range, and it has one essential feature: a big ring light on the front. For streamers short on space for lighting, the Kiyo can solve the issue of being seen while you're broadcasting, with a simple twist adjusting the brightness. Backed by 1080p at 30 frames per second (FPS) or 60FPS for a resolution drop, it's ideal for easy live shows.
When cutting costs without hugely compromising features, Logitech's C615 is a popular well-rounded choice for both streams and video calls. Though its live video capabilities are capped at 720p, the differences aren't hugely noticeable for the savings made.
The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 is among the best entry-level cameras you can buy and still provides an adequate image for video calls. Recording at 720p, you get a clear and cinematic picture, without the price tag of more advanced models. You also have its universal attachment base, which keeps the webcam secure across different surfaces.
If you're looking for a USB webcam at the lowest possible price, look no further than this product from Trust. With the reduction in price, it packs 720p resolution and no autofocus, but the device gets the job done for those on a budget. Its 12-megapixel camera, built-in microphone, and six integrated LEDs draw the best possible image with this true budget setup.
Microsoft Kinect's well-documented shortcomings eventually led to its demise, but even now it's a functional Xbox One companion. It's the only official Xbox camera, paired with 1080p video, voice controls, facial recognition, and much more. However, you will need a discontinued adapter if you have an Xbox One S or One X.
Primed and ready
The Logitech C920 tops out at 1080p with a high-quality image, perfect for any video caller or streamer. It cuts out the PC-centric features, offering unbeaten value for high performance. However, with support for hundreds of USB webcams on Xbox One, don't overlook any existing PC peripherals you might have stowed away.
We also recommend considering where you'll be using your Xbox One webcam. Many webcams are designed for short-range desktop use, with the wide lens far from ideal for living room users. If using your webcam from afar, the Microsoft Xbox One Kinect Sensor is primed for home use, overlooking its well-documented flaws. Just keep in mind that Xbox One S and Xbox One X owners require the also-discontinued adapter.
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