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How to Record Xbox One Gameplay With 4 Different Ways

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Recording in-game footage on an Xbox One/PS4 is helpful and funny, allowing you to capture anything from catching cheaters, Easter eggs, highlights, bad-ass moments, or hilarious mistakes that you want to delete, but your friends won't let you. Even though the process is simple, there are still many Xbox players who don't know how to record Xbox One gameplay correctly.

That's what I'm going to covet in this guide. No matter if you want to record on your Xbox console with built-in recording features, stream and record Xbox gameplay to Windows 10/11, or get started with a capture card.

How to Record Xbox One Gameplay
Do You Know How to Record Xbox One Gameplay?

How to Record Gameplay on Xbox One

The easiest and fastest way to record game clips on Xbox is to use the Xbox built-in recording features. Once video footage is captured, captures will be saved in your Xbox. You can edit the clips in Xbox Upload Studio and share them on Xbox Live as long as you like.

#1. Screenshots and Flashback Recording

Step 1. Press the Xbox button on your controller and there comes a guide.

Step 2. Now you can press the Y button to take a screenshot or press the X button to record the last 30 seconds. If you want to capture a longer clip that just experienced, press the View button and select a duration you need (up to 2 minutes).

Record Xbox One Gameplay With Controller
Record Xbox One Gameplay With Controller

#2. Record What's Going to Happen

Xbox One not only allows you to record what just happened but to capture ongoing gameplay footage. You can record 720p SDR clips for 5 minutes on max or 1080p SDR clips for 2 minutes with Xbox internal storage.

Step 1. Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide.

Step 2. Move to Capture & share > Select Start recording.

Step 3. To stop recording, press the Xbox button for the menu and press the X button. The gameplay clips will be auto-saved to your Xbox.

How to Record Xbox One Gameplay for More Than 5 Minutes or Even Longer

It's convenient to record game clips with the Xbox built-in recording feature, but it has a few drawbacks like you need to stop playing for flashback recording, it takes a lot of space to store gameplay clips, or record videos on 5 minutes on max.

However, Windows 10/11 PC users can stream their Xbox One over the local network for a remote display and capture the gaming clips using screen recording software. This method needs no capture card and is able to record more than 5 minutes, but it may cause latency on Windows 10/11 PC because streaming Xbox to PC requires robust internet and a screen recorder that can lighten the load on PC. Considering that fact, the recording feature of VideoProc Converter that comes with Intel, Nvidia, and AMD hardware encoding gets my vote.

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Step 1. To start, make sure your Xbox One and Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC are connected to the same network, and both are 10 updated as the best they can be.

Step 2. Enable streaming on your Xbox. Press the Xbox button to open the guide > go to the System section > settings > select Xbox app connectivity under Preference > choose Allow game streaming to other devices.

Step 3. Plug in your Xbox controller to your PC.

Step 4. Fire up Windows 10/11 Xbox Console Companion and log in to your Xbox Live account or Microsoft account.

Step 5. Come down and look for Connection in the sidebar > Click Add a device at the top > click Connect to your Xbox One in the list (if your Xbox console doesn't show up in the list, you need to enter its IP address in the field manually).

Step 6. Click Stream and your Xbox One will be displayed on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC.

Step 7. Launch VideoProc Converter and go to Recorder at the main interface.

Step 8. Select Screen at the top > click Crop at the bottom-left to capture the entire screen or part of the screen > enable sound devices > Click Run to start recording.

Step 9. Play as usual and click Stop to end recording when gaming stops.

Record Xbox One Gameplay by Streaming
Record Xbox One Gameplay Without Time Limit

How to Record Xbox One Gameplay With OBS

The real downsides of streaming Xbox One to Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC are the video quality and the performance impact. Let's say you want to record high-quality gameplay footage on Xbox One for YouTube, consider using a capture card and OBS.

You should stick with the big, established names in video capture, such as Elgato, AverMedia, Razer Ripsaw, etc. Do remember to get two HDMI cables and one USB3.0 cable. At last, you can bank on the open source and free screen recorder – OBS to capture game clips for you.

Record Xbox One Gameplay With a Capture Card
Record Xbox One Gameplay With a Capture Card

Step 1. Connect your Xbox One to the HDMI IN jack of the capture card via an HDMI cable.

Step 2. Connect your PC display to the HDMI OUT jack of the capture card via an HDMI cable.

Step 3. Connect the capture card to your computer/laptop via a USB 3.0 cable.

Step 4. Boot up your Xbox One and open OBS on your computer.

Step 5. In OBS, select Video Capture Device under the Source section and click OK.

Step 6. To capture Xbox sound, select Audio Input Capture under Source and choose the audio device of the capture device.

Step 7. Click Start Recording and play as usual. And click Stop Recording when the recording is ended.

Record Xbox One Gameplay With OBS
Record Xbox One Gameplay With OBS

How to Record Xbox One Gameplay With Voice

Voice-overs are always used in video games to narrate the action that is taking place or create the effect of storytelling, which can make your gameplay clips engaging. In addition to using video editing software to add voice-overs to the gameplay clips, you can also add your voice directly in Xbox Upload Studio. Let's check how to make it.

Step 1. Plug in your headset or microphone to your Xbox One.

Step 2. Record a video clip with the Xbox One recording feature at the get-go.

Step 3. Once taken, press the Xbox button on your controller > find My games & apps > See all.

Step 4. Fire up Upload Studio under Apps.

Step 5. Select Create a new video > select a video format (720p or 1080p).

Step 6. Load a video clip by hitting Add clip and choose a gameplay clip in your Xbox One.

Step 7. Now go for Add voice over > Start recording to add your voice to the gameplay clip.

Step 8. When the sound recording is done, hit Stop recording. You can press the X button to listen to the playback.

Step 9. Finally, you can directly share the clip with your friends or transfer to your PC for further editing.

Record Xbox One Gameplay With Voice
Record Xbox One Gameplay With Voice

How to Record on Xbox One FAQs

How to Record on Xbox One Without Kinect?

Kinect is a sensor that allows you to manipulate the Xbox One console through voice commands, gestures, and body motions. However, Microsoft had discontinued all Kinect hardware for Xbox One in 2018, and you won't record Xbox One gameplay with Kinect. You can try the Xbox One built-in features, VideoProc Converter, or OBS to record on Xbox One.

How to Record on Xbox One With Game DVR?

Windows Game DVR has changed to Windows 10/11 Game Bar in the latest Windows version, so you can't find out the Game DVR app on your Windows PC. Windows 10/11 Game Bar succeeds the capability of Game DVR and allows you to capture PC games for 4 hours on max. When you want to use the Game Bar, hold down Windows + G on your keyboard.

How to Record Gameplay on Xbox One for YouTube?

Record Xbox gameplay clips with the methods previously described. After that, download YouTube to your Xbox One, sign in to your YouTube account and upload to YouTube directly. If you record Xbox One with your PC, you can upload video clips through YouTube on the website. Note that you're the format of your uploads should be compatible with YouTube, or they will be recoded and decrease video quality.


Xbox One built-in recording feature will do just fine, which lets you take screenshots and record 1080p SDR for 5 minutes on max; if you want to record longer game clips, you can stream your Xbox One to Windows PC and record game clip with VideoProc Converter. If you want to make high-quality gameplay clips for YouTube, capture cards with OBS may be your best bet. You can also do commentating for the gameplay clip within Xbox One.

By the way, any sort of feedback or suggestion is appreciated - and let me know if you'd like me to make other tutorials about Xbox consoles.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of the VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share creative content and useful information with readers. She has a strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in editing tips.

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