Gameplay Recording Software & Hardware to Get Started

Ready to get into recording video game footage? Maybe you’re looking for a new package to test out. You’ve come to the right place.

Gameplay Recording Software

These tools will allow you to capture gameplay video on your PC. For the most part, they either hook into DirectX or they’re just straight ripping what you see on your display.

Dxtory is a movie capture tool for DirectX and OpenGL Applications. Since data is directly acquired from a surface memory buffer, it is very high-speed and works with small load.

Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology.

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)
Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.

Record video from a webcam, recording device or screen.

Bandicam screen recorder makes it possible to record a certain area on a PC screen, or a program that uses the DirectX/OpenGL graphic technologies.

Mirillis Action!
Action! allows streaming and real-time recording of Windows Aero desktop in a superb HD video quality. With Action! you can record and stream your gameplay, web player videos, record music, capture screenshots, remotely access your PC, play PC games with Android devices… and more!

Gameplay Recording Hardware

These tools either connect via USB or sit between your PC and your display via HDMI. In some cases a hardware solution is preferred since it off-loads the encoding work and frees up resources for your game.

Elgato Game Capture HD60
The gaming experience is all about sharing. Record and stream your Xbox, PlayStation or Wii U gameplay and share your journey with friends, fans and generations to come.

Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition
The new HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition from Hauppauge is the best way to record your Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 or PS4 game play on your PC–now with 1080p ‘no-delay passthrough’ and HDMI input and output. The HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition is the latest in Hauppauge’s series of HD video game recorders.

AVerMedia C875 Live Gamer Portable
With the on-board H.264 hardware encoder, Live Gamer Portable features 60Mbps recording bitrate, which generates ultra sharp quality footages and preserves every detail of the gameplay.

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