Mar 04, 2015

Xbox One and Elgato Game Capture HD setup

Elgato Game Capture HD connects to the Xbox One using HDMI.  It can passthrough video to a TV set also using HDMI.  An HDMI cable is included in the box.

Inputs and Outputs

Elgato Game Capture HD has two inputs, and two outputs:


This connects to a game console or other video source.  Signals protected by HDCP can't be used.

A/V In

This connects to an analog video source, via Component or Composite, using an adapter cable.  A PlayStation 3 will connect to this port.  If you want to use S-Video, then an Analog Video Adapter cable is available from the Elgato Online Store.


This sends the H.264 encoded video to your computer via USB 2.0. The signal is delayed by a few seconds from live. The USB cable also powers the Elgato Game Capture HD hardware.


This sends the HDMI signal in real time to a TV or display, so you can play your game normally.

Setup Steps

Download and install the Elgato Game Capture HD software, version 2.0 or higher:

Connect your Xbox One to the HDMI In of Elgato Game Capture HD via an HDMI cable

Connect the HDMI Out of Elgato Game Capture HD to your TV or display via an HDMI cable.

Connect the Elgato Game Capture HD to your computer via a USB cable.

Xbox One: Audio

In the HDMI audio options, the Xbox One should be set to use Stereo uncompressed audio.

Xbox One: General HDMI Issues

The Xbox One has HDMI output.

Depending on what's on screen, content may be encrypted with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).  In that case, Elgato Game Capture HD will not be able to capture that content via HDMI.

If the output is not encrypted, like gameplay, then Elgato Game Capture HD should be able to capture content, much like it does with the Xbox 360.

The Xbox One uses HDCP protection when watching a purchased movie, or when using streaming services like Netflix. Therefore, Elgato Game Capture HD won't be able to capture that content. 

For example, Netflix will not play video if Elgato Game Capture HD is attached.  You can try to use Netflix full screen, or snapped to the right side of the screen, but video won't play either way.  This is due to HDCP.

The Xbox One also has HDMI input.

The Xbox One can accept passthrough video from a variety of sources. HDCP protection still applies to that video.

• If the HDMI input attached to the Xbox One has HDCP protection, it will stay protected when it exits the Xbox One.

• If the HDMI input attached to the Xbox One does not have HDCP protection, it will not have HDCP when it exits the Xbox One.

Video from a cable box or satellite receiver, send over HDMI, usually has HDCP protection. That video would not play when Elgato Game Capture HD is connected, and would most likely have a black screen.


Troubleshooting - No Image Appears On The TV

If your TV only supports 1080i or 720p, and not 1080p, then you may not get a video image when Elgato Game Capture HD is first connected.  The video may still appear in the software, but not on your TV.

The solution would be to set your Xbox One to output video to 720p or 1080i - whatever format your TV can support.


Improving Performance

Elgato Game Capture HD software works well if your computer exceeds the basic System Requirements.

If your computer barely meets the minimum System Requirements, then performance may suffer, especially if you are trying to do a number of things at the same time.

This article includes a few steps you can take to improve performance in such situations:

Improve Elgato Game Capture HD software performance