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Gaming on the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S is a true treat for the eyes. The next-gen graphics that come out of these powerhouses is truly beautiful.
When you pair either of those consoles with Game Pass, there are so many new cool games to discover. And you probably want to be able to stream those games to popular live-streaming services such as Twitch or YouTube.
For this, of course, you need to get a capture card first. So below I’ve created a list of some of the best capture cards for Xbox Series X|S on the market today – from top-tier ones to more affordable options.
Keep reading to learn about the five best capture cards for Xbox Series X and S in 2023.
1. Elgato 4K60 Pro Mk.2
Let me start out with the best of the bunch!
The ElGato 4K60 Pro Mk.2 (link to Amazon) allows you to stream and record 4K gameplay at 60FPS.
Ultra-low latency ensures that your experience will be flawless, and the gameplay looks amazing with HDR10. You’ll certainly have an easy time streaming your gameplay to Twitch and other streaming platforms with this card.
It has a max bitrate of 140 Mbps and both H.264 AND the newer and more efficient H.265 encoder.
Also, this is the only PCI-e card on the list, so here’s a video that shows you how to install it:
Truly, this is a great card that you’ll likely want to buy, but it is a bit pricey. Since it’s more expensive than most of the other cards, it might not be right for you if you’re on a budget.
It also has high system requirements, and this might make things tougher on those who don’t have good setups. This is a capture card for those who want the absolute best.
2. AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus
When looking for a great capture card for the Xbox Series X|S, you might be looking for a good value as well. The AverMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus (link to Amazon) is definitely worth the investment.
It’s slightly less expensive than some of the cards on this list and it has very good features. This capture card offers 4K pass through and it’s also portable, which is convenient.
Another great thing about this card is that the software is super easy to use. If you’re worried about having a tough time learning how to use a capture card, then this is one of the easiest options to choose.
The software is versatile and you’ll learn how to use it fast. You can even record footage to a microSD card if you want to.
3. Elgato HD60 S+
If you want to be able to capture 4K gameplay, then you’ll be able to do so with a 30FPS cap. You can capture 1080p footage at 60FPS, though.
This card has great features such as flashback recording, and it offers instant streaming. One potential negative is that it lacks an H.264 encoder.
Some might find the limited software editing capabilities of this capture card to be disappointing, but it isn’t that big of a deal. Overall, this card is a great buy that will help you to stream Xbox Series X|S gameplay fantastically.
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4. ASUS TUF CU4K30
Another option that is worth considering is the ASUS TUF CU4K30 (link to Amazon). This card is very convenient to use for Xbox. It’s an external capture card that offers 4K 60 passthrough.
Also, it has RGB lighting, which I’m a sucker for!
It’s easy to record and stream gameplay at 4K with this card, but it’s limited to 30FPS. You can capture 60FPS gameplay at 2K, though. You can even make use of the 120FPS 1080P mode. This is a card that is well worth the money.
The only thing that isn’t great about this card is that it doesn’t offer a true 4K60 mode. Regardless, this is one of the premier capture cards on the market. You’re really going to enjoy how well it performs.
5. AVerMedia Live Gamer Mini
How about an option that will keep you from having to spend too much cash? If you only need to stream and record gameplay in 1080P, then the AVerMedia Live Gamer Mini (link to Amazon) might be the card for you.
It’s a budget-friendly option with a lot of cool features, and it’s a steal at that price. Fx, the LGI offers 1080p streaming at 60FPS, and it has a built-in H.264 encoder. The H.264 codec is a high-quality compression codec, I use for video a lot, so it’s nice to see it in a capture card in this price range.
The biggest caveat I have with this card is that it doesn’t support 4K resolution. So if you’re playing on a 4K tv, you shouldn’t get this card. Also, it doesn’t have support for ultra-wide screens.
The live passthrough feature is convenient so that you can still enjoy your games with zero lag while streaming. All in all, it’s just a well-designed capture card for the price.
Picking the right capture card for the Xbox Series X|S will be easy now that you have five amazing options. All of these cards will do a great job, but which one you pick depends on various factors.
Some are better for those on a budget while others offer a truly professional experience at a cost. Just take the time to review each card so that you can decide which one you wish to buy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jan has played video games since the early 1980s. He loves getting immersed in video games as a way to take his mind off stuff when the outside world gets too scary. A lifelong gamer, the big interest led to a job as a lecturer on game sound at the University of Copenhagen and several written articles on video games for magazines.