There are many Xbox Gamers who are at a professional level when it comes to Xbox Gaming. They have a dedicated community, YouTube channels, and so on. There are also gamers who would want to do the same. So the basic questions here how do you record gameplays.
While Xbox One does offer the option to record game clips and even stream on sites like Mixer or Twitch, they are either limited or mostly real time. If you are making a tutorial or trying to make a quality video, you need to get your raw footage on your PC, and then upload anywhere you want.
Record Xbox One Gameplays Videos with Audio
In this post, I am talking about different ways and dedicated hardware (without capture card) which will help you record Xbox One gameplays along with your Audio.
Leverage Xbox One Streaming to Record on PC
Xbox One can stream content to Windows 10 PC using Xbox App. You will need to use the same Microsoft account, decent network connection. Since all the hard work is done by Xbox One, your PC doesn’t need to have any minimum configuration to support streaming.
Once your streaming is stable enough, you can now use any Desktop Recording Software to record whatever is displayed on your screen. Once the recording is complete, you can add your audio, and customize it the way you want.
The quality of video recording depends on two things. Your PC Monitor resolution, and the quality of streaming from Xbox One to your PC. While Xbox One automatically selects the best option, if you want to have high-quality video at the end, you will have to have a very strong network condition to support it, else everything will lag.
Some screen capture tools do offer audio recording, so you can record your own voice too.
Using Game DVR on PC to Record Streaming
Xbox App offers Game DVR feature which allows Game recording of games you play on PC. It is done using a tool called as Game Bar. This tool can be tricked to record almost anything on your screen. If you have a powerful PC which can handle streaming + recording at the same time, you don’t need any third party screen recorder.
When streaming any game from Xbox One, press WIN + G to enable the Game bar. It will ask that if its a game, say yes, and hit the record button which shows up next. You can configure Game DVR to record a maximum of two hours, use microphones, and so on. There is a dedicated setting in Windows 10 which you should take a look before going ahead.
In this case, you will have to record your voice separately.
Record small game clips and save to external drive
Xbox One does allow you to save all your footage at 1080P or 4K to an external drive. You can read our tutorial on record game clips [please link game clip video post, it’s not live yet] here.
Now if you want to combine multiple clips to show something to your userbase, you can connect that hard drive to your PC, copy all the footage, and use any decent Video Editor to make a final video. Post this, you can upload anywhere.
However, you will be still limited to recording for few minutes, hence I mentioned them as small clips.
Record using High-End Hardware & Software
If you are not ready to make any compromise with your recording, and all the above solution doesn’t cut for you, its time to spend some money to grab professional level footage. I had done this with Xbox 360 where I had used Hauppage PVR to stream my content to PC and record it. It used to take a toll on PC but was good enough to get the job done.
How do they work?
They stream all the content from Xbox One to their hardware and software and send it back to display. So you plug them in between your console and display, and as you play the game, the recording takes place in the background.
Note: There are many capture cards that are available for game recording, but I would strongly suggest going for a external hardware to best performance.
Below is the recommended list of hardware you can choose from:
Elgato Game Capture HD60/ Elgato 4K60 Pro
Elgato has a great name in the industry when it comes to recording game streaming. It can record 1080P 60 FPS. The HD 60 model, you get a USB interface. The best part of using this is that it doesn’t need to set up any software to start, and end recording.
It will automatically detect if a signal is coming from XBox, and will start recording the gameplay. You can record everything on your Xbox, and not just games which makes it a great tool for making Xbox One Video tutorials.
Price: HD60: USD 155 | Official Website: www.elgato.com.
Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket
This hardware doesn’t need you to connect to PC at all. This is a huge advantage. Just hook it up to your Xbox One, and leave it with enough storage to keep recording all your gameplay. It can record @1080p / 30 FPS, using either HDMI (without HDCP protection) or Component Video, and offers USB 2.0 / 3.0. You can either plug a USB drive or even external drive for recording. All the recordings will be available in an MP4 format making it lot easier to edit. You can also record your audio here using a microphone.
Price: Approx. USD 130 | Official Website: www.hauppauge.co.uk.
Roxio Game Capture HD Pro
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative for game recording, Roxio has a great solution. This is priced at $89.99 and can record games at 1080P, 30 FPS, and offers USB 2.0 interface. It will act as a bridge between your PC and XBox One to record. However, it will need the software to be set up to make everything work.
The software also offers editing feature including text, music, and transitions for the video edits. This works only on PC though.
Price: Approx. USD 89.99 | Official Website: www.roxio.com.
Do you record Xbox One games? How do you prefer to do it? Let us know in the comments.