How to capture gameplay from Xbox One or Xbox 360
This article explains how to capture, record, and stream high quality and high resolution gameplay video from Xbox One™ and Xbox 360™ video game consoles. Xbox gameplay capture is easy using AV.io HD and any capture/streaming application like OBS.
What you’ll need
To record and/or stream video from your Xbox One or Xbox 360 you will need the following hardware:
- Xbox One or Xbox 360 and the game or content you want to stream.
- An HDMI splitter to send the HDMI signal to both the capture device and your TV.
- Three HDMI cables for the splitter setup.
- A display or TV for viewing/playing your video game (see note below).
- AV.io HD, Epiphan’s simplest to use external USB 3.0 video grabber.
- A capture computer with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) installed. You can use a Mac, Windows or Linux-based computer.
- Network connection for optional streaming.
For simplicity, this article describes the process for connecting and working with your Xbox One console and uses a Windows computer for capture. The process is the same when working with XBox 360, and other consoles with HDMI output.
1. You may wonder why we’re using a splitter for this process. Like Epiphan’s other video grabbers, AV.io HD has an extremely low capture delay: usually just one frame! But when playing high-action games, particularly shooters, a delay of a single frame could mean the difference between life and well… death for your game character. If you’re capturing something other than a video game, or you know the pace isn’t high-speed, you can try without the splitter and see how it works for you. Your results will depend on the software you use for capture and encoding.
2. Epiphan’s video grabbers will not capture HDCP-protected content. Microsoft might turn on and off HDCP encryption depending on the content being played. Gameplay is generally not protected, but, for example, movies usually are.
Step 1: Connect your Xbox One to your TV, through the splitter
To get started, let’s make sure your Xbox One is properly set up and working with your TV.
Using the directions that come with your Xbox, connect the power supply and network cables. Instead of connecting the HDMI cable directly from the Xbox to your TV, connect it to the input port on your HDMI splitter, then use a second cable to connect from one of the splitter’s output ports to the TV’s HDMI input port.
Power on the Xbox and test this configuration and make sure it’s working before proceeding.