Recording PS4 gameplay on your PC can be an expensive and confusing headache. But have no fear! We’re here to show you the tools you need to capture, edit and share your top PS4 moments.
Whether you’re looking for a way to connect your PS4 to your PC to record gameplay, or you’re just wondering if you even need a PC to record PS4 gameplay, we’ve got you covered.
Although you can’t connect your PS4 directly to your PC, there are a number of ways to record gameplay on PS4 to upload to a PC.
How to record PS4 gameplay with your PC using an external capture box
For around $100 you can buy an external capture card that will let you record PS4 gameplay to PC.
It will simultaneously capture and save clips directly to a USB drive. We’ve used the ClearClick HD Capture Box but there are a number of options on the market that will work just as well.
Some of the high end boxes can run as high as $300 but other models can be as cheap as $70.
A capture box is a device that can be used on its own without a PC. To record using a capture box like the ClearClick, simply connect it using an HDMI cable between your PS4 and TV and press Record.
As the capture box records, video files are saved to any USB device you have plugged into it. These files can then be transferred onto any PC that you plug the USB drive into.
The only downside is that unlike the capture functionality built into the PS4, you won’t be able to grab clips after the fact; the capture box will only record what happens after you press record.
How to record PS4 gameplay on PC using a capture card
You’ve probably heard about “cards” but may not know what kind of card is needed to record PS4 gameplay on PC.
The most powerful (but also potentially most expensive) solution for recording PS4 gameplay is an internal video capture card for your PC.
Obviously the most expensive part of this solution is the PC itself, but assuming you’ve already got one with an available PCIe slot you should be able to pick up a decent video capture card for around $150. Capture cards typically range from $50 up to $200.
Like capture boxes, most capture cards have “IN” and “OUT” HDMI ports for plugging into your PS4 and screen. Once connected you use software on your PC to preview and record anything being displayed on your gaming monitor.
NOTE: Some capture cards can also be purchased as external “pass-through” devices as well. This is useful if you’re using a laptop or don’t have an open PCI slot in your PC. Like an internal capture card these use HDMI cables to connect between your PS4 and gaming screen but must also be connected to your PC via USB.
How to record PS4 gameplay on PC without a capture card
Many people don’t realize that the PS4 can already capture gameplay right out of the box. That means you can record gameplay on your PS4 without a capture card if you want to.
In fact, you don’t even have to remember to start recording before a memorable moment happens. With the tap of a button you can save that killer squad wipe or unbelievable headshot minutes after it has already passed (kind of like a DVR). This is by far the cheapest solution and the best part is it’s already built-in to your PS4!
To quickly record gameplay on a PS4 simply hold down the Share button soon after it happens and select Save Video Clip. By default your Playstation keeps the last 15 minutes of gameplay in a cache for this very reason.
We recommend adjusting this in your Share settings down to something shorter like 3-5 minutes to make managing them easier. Your clip will be saved to the Capture Gallery where it can be copied to an attached USB drive to be transferred to your PC.
NOTE: Be careful not to accidentally tap the Share button twice. Instead of saving what just happened, your PS4 will begin to record a new clip, wiping out anything in its cache. However, this feature can be super handy if you’re trying to record a clip with a fixed length. After tapping the Share button twice, tap it again to save a clip of everything that happens in between.