Knowing how to record Xbox One gameplay is a skill every gamer should have, especially since sharing gameplay highlights has become an integral part of the landscape of modern video gaming. Luckily, the latest generation of consoles makes it easier than ever to capture and broadcast footage, even without dedicated equipment like expensive capture cards. Preparing for a one-on-one match with a friend in Killer Instinct? Or maybe you’re gearing up to face a difficult boss in your latest RPG? Either way, you’re going to want to know how to capture the moment, and we’re here to show you.
How to record Xbox One gameplay
You won’t always know when your best gaming moments are going to happen, so the Xbox One uses a handy buffer that records the last five minutes of gameplay, giving you plenty of opportunities to capture some awesome in-game moments.
The Xbox One’s interface only allows you to capture in-game footage, however — if you need to record the menus, you’ll still need to use an external capture card.
Press the Xbox button
If you want to share a cool moment you just experienced while playing a game, simply press the Xbox button at the top center of your controller. This will open up a guide. Along the bottom of the screen, to the right of the guide, you’ll find a few choices that include taking a screenshot, recording footage, and adjusting capture options.
Press Y to take a screenshot
If you would like to take a screenshot, most of the work is already done. The moment you press the Xbox button on your controller, a screenshot of the image on your screen is already taken, and all you have to do is press Y to save it.
Press X to share recent gameplay
If you would like to share recent gameplay, simply press X and your Xbox One will automatically grab the last 30 seconds of footage it has saved in its buffer. This is the default amount of time for a clip, which is plenty for most gaming highlights, especially moments like the dramatic comeback combo finisher in your last Street Fighter match. However, if you want to access more footage than the last 30 seconds, press the View button. This will allow you to select the duration of time you want to save and will allow you to save up to two minutes.
Press the View button to capture gameplay
The small circular key located above the D-pad on your Xbox controller is called the View button. Pressing it while in the guide screen will provide you with more options for capturing footage and taking screenshots. These options include recording upcoming gameplay and saving a clip of a different length from the buffer.
Selecting Record From Now will start a capture that you can manually end by first pressing the Xbox button and then X.
Record longer gameplay clips
According to Xbox support, you can record up to 10 minutes of gameplay at a time on the Xbox One’s internal storage, depending on the resolution of the footage and the amount of space available on your hard drive. By connecting an external hard drive, you can extend the amount of time you can continuously record by up to an hour.
To change the location of where your clips are saved or to change the resolution it’s recorded at, go the guide and select Capture & Share. Then, scroll down to Capture Settings. You’ll be given a few options in the column entitled Capture. At the very bottom is where you can select to change the capture locations. This menu has more detailed settings listed on the screen, including several different resolution options (720p is one of them).
On the Xbox One X, we were able to record for as long as five minutes by selecting a 720p resolution instead of the default 1080p, which has a cap of two minutes. This screen also lets you capture at 4K in HDR, but the reduced clip length allowed in this resolution makes it a less-than-ideal option for sharing your gameplay.
How to view and export your gameplay clips
To view your capture immediately after saving, hold down the Xbox button when the blue notification confirms your recording has saved. From this overlay, you can view your new clip, upload it to Xbox Live or Microsoft OneDrive (if either is set up and linked to your Xbox account), delete the clip, or go to manage all of your saved gameplay. Selecting Edit will send you over to Microsoft’s free Upload Studio app or to its entry in the store if you don’t have it downloaded.
To view your gameplay clips at any time, press the Xbox button to bring up the guide. Scroll to the right until you’re back in Capture & Share. This menu will have a Recent Captures option for you to select and view your saved game moments. On this screen, you’ll see a chronological list of all recently captured gameplay.
You can also manage all your clips by selecting See All at the bottom. Here, you can delete, sort, or share clips to your activity feed, Xbox Clubs, a linked Twitter account, or your OneDrive.
Share clips from the Xbox mobile app
Fan feedback resulted in a new update on the mobile app for Xbox that allows you to go beyond recording gameplay. You can now share video captures directly to social media or save it to your camera roll on your phone if you prefer.
Thanks to #Xbox fan feedback, you can now share your game captures directly to your favorite social platforms from the Xbox App for iOS & Android, and even save captures directly to your phone to customize via your camera roll. Download the app today https://t.co/2HJjuhKRcJ pic.twitter.com/qlVvcW21QU
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) January 31, 2019
To take advantage of this update, go to the mobile app and view captures and tap the Share icon. The Share symbol will be a box with an arrow. Once you tap the button, various networks will pop up, and you pick the platform through which you want to share, such as Twitter. Alternatively, you can save it to your photos here, too. Especially with recent updates (like iOS 14), you may need to change your privacy settings on your smartphone or in your Microsoft account.