Streaming to thru PC: Capture Cards & Software

Want overlays for your console gaming? To go above and beyond the functionality within the Twitch app for your Xbox One or Playstation 4, you have to stream from your PC through a capture card. These cards are able to capture and encode video simultaneously for live streaming or recording. Portable capture cards predominantly interface with the PC through USB 2.0, though newer models have support for USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt.

I’ve already selected my capture card, the AVerMedia C985 Live Gamer HD. You will find it, along with other suitable options for capturing your gameplay, below.

Video Capture Hardware

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I made a spreadsheet of current capture cards to cut through the clutter

Portable Capture Cards

AVerMedia ExtremeCap U3
AVerMedia C875 Live Gamer Portable (~$145,
Elgato Game Capture HD (~$130,,
Elgato Game Capture HD60 (~$160,,
Hauppuage HD PVR 2 (~$135,
Roxio Game Capture HD Pro

PCI-e Capture Cards

AVerMedia C985 Live Gamer HD (~$175,
Black Magic Intensity Pro – 720p native, though 1080p is possible

Streaming Software

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS); Windows-dominant, though MultiPlatform seems promising for OS X + Linux
XSplit; Windows-only

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