3 Game Capture Software Solutions Tested

James Bruce 21-02-2014

Gaming is awesome: but sharing that with the world is even better. To do that, you’ll need some way of recording your antics How to Live Stream Your Gaming Sessions As we enter our month of gaming giveaways, it seems only appropriate that we look at the delicate art of live streaming PC and console games. Although it's difficult to understand why anyone would want... Read More . In today’s video, I’ll show the best way to record from a PC, a console, and even from an iPad.


The three software packages I talk about in the video are:

My personal choice goes to XSplit. They can get away with premium pricing because no other software rivals it in terms of features or ease of use. For recording just PC games on a shoestring budget though, there’s certainly nothing wrong with OBS.

What’s your favourite game capture solution? Do you record your console gaming with a hardware device, or just upload clips using the new generation of social features? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Alex
    April 11, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Smartpixel software is also a very good option for game video capture.

  2. Prashant P
    February 25, 2014 at 6:04 am

    If you have Nvidia GPU, there is nothing better than Shadow Play which is part of Geforce Experience, it is the BEST recording software (free for Nvidia GPU holders), now they have upgraded to do customer recording of videos as well......

  3. Andy B
    February 25, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I'd throw out another vote for Nvidia's ShadowPlay. You can get some professional-grade recordings out of it (just make sure you've got the hard drive space for it: recording at the highest quality level for me takes about 10GBs for every half-hour).

  4. Bill M
    February 25, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Also for PC you have Evolve client that allows you to use your Twitch account to live stream. And it is free also and works pretty damn good.

  5. Kozmyk
    February 25, 2014 at 12:06 am

    In Planetside 2 my Unit got together with Sony SOE to organise a multistream broadcast.
    Between them they found that OBS had the lowest CPU load of any of the options available.
    Don't be fooled just because it's free; it's Open Source.

  6. Wesley
    February 24, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    No mention of NVIDIA's ShadowPlay? While obviously only functioning on NVIDIA hardware, certainly one of the best capture/casting solutions out there.

  7. vhgcfxdxz
    February 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I have stopped using those above,because i've bought an GTx 760 and using the inbuilt ShadowPlay from Nvidia,wich beats them all.

  8. Saturday
    February 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    OBS wins for being portable.

  9. Matt
    February 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Fraps is surely a much better option for this and should get a mention? Ridiculously high resolution and 60fps plus audio capture.

  10. Chris
    February 22, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Well, thats my opinion anyway xD

  11. Chris
    February 22, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Dxtory,Bandicam, and Fraps are better, the ones you listed are better suited for livestreaming.

    • modded
      February 24, 2014 at 2:32 am

      I totally agree, I personally use Bandicam with the x264 codec, and it works great!

  12. Ng H
    February 22, 2014 at 5:07 am

    I'm using Fraps previously and switched to Mirilis Action and had never look back since. OBS is a newand interesting one for me would like to give it a try later. Thanks for the hand on.

  13. Kevin D
    February 22, 2014 at 4:40 am

    OBS is my favorite software. EVE Online and other games integrate twitch support anymore, but I still use OBS due to efficiency and possible manipulation. In the world of EVE Online, spying is entirely legit, so blocking channels is a must. The advanced audio controls and whatnot are also nice.

    As for the rest, I'm too cheap to try out the rest :D