The next-gen Xbox controllers added a convenient share button for recording gameplaying clips. Microsoft has made it easier to record and share gameplay clips, but the clips do not record voice chat.
Maybe you just recorded an intense battle royale win with your friends but the voice chat was not recorded in the clip. Bummer!
Is it possible to record Xbox gameplay with voice chat? Do you really need to buy an expensive capture card?
Other articles will take you on a technical journey, but I found a relatively simple solution that works pretty well.
How to Record Xbox Gameplay with Voice Chat
To record Xbox gameplay with voice chat, open the Xbox app on a Windows PC and remotely access your Xbox. Press Windows + G and in the Capture tab, click the record button.
You can also hit CTRL + Z to record with Geforce Experience. The recording will be saved to your computer and it will include Xbox gameplay and voice chat.
Setting Up Xbox Remote Play
In your Xbox settings, locate Devices & Connections, and enable all remote features. In Power Settings, make sure your Xbox is on Standby mode. Also, make sure your Xbox and computer are connected to the same local area network.
Next, open the Xbox app on your computer, and in the top left corner hit the Xbox icon and select the console you want to connect to. You will be able to remotely access that Xbox.
Bear in mind, that to navigate you will need to connect the controller to your PC, either with a cable or over Bluetooth.
For more information, follow Xbox’s official remote play setup guide.
Internet Connection for Xbox Remote Play
If you want the best image quality, then you need a relatively fast internet connection for Xbox remote play. We need to make sure your network can support remote play without any hiccups.
Use an Ethernet Cable
For the best performance, your computer and Xbox should be using a wired internet connection. With a wired internet connection, the input lag is barely noticeable, and the remote play image quality is great. A wired connection offers more than enough bandwidth speed for remote play.
If you have an Xbox Series S you can easily move it and connect it to your router with an ethernet cable. An Xbox Series X would be harder to move because it’s a lot heavier.
Use a 5 GHz Wi-Fi Network
Can’t use an ethernet cable? Remote play also works great over a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network. In other words, both your computer and Xbox need to be connected to 5 GHz Wi-Fi. In my case, I have my Xbox connected to 5 GHz Wi-Fi and my PC uses an ethernet cable.
Don’t have 5 GHz Wi-Fi? Consider buying a router that can broadcast 5 GHz. I like the TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi router.
Note: Some 5 GHz Wi-Fi routers can interfere with your Xbox controller. This won’t be a problem when using Bluetooth on a PC or a cable, though.
If your local area network is not fast enough for remote play, the image quality will look terrible, and you’ll experience a lot of stutters. Nobody wants to watch that kind of gameplay.
On that note, the remote play works over regular 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, but it’s not optimized, and you’ll likely encounter stutters and image quality issues.
For remote play, internet download speed does not matter. What matters most for remote play is the speed of your local area network.
The Bottom Line
If you have an Xbox and a Windows computer, you can record Xbox gameplay and voice chat using remote play. You just need to make sure that your local area network is fast enough to support remote play.
I can confirm that it works pretty well. I recorded myself and my fiends playing Elden Ring on Xbox with voice chat using remote play and NVIDIA Shadowplay.
If using Shadowplay, I suggest creating two audio tracks, one for your microphone, and one for gameplay. To do that, hit CTRL + Z, click on the gear icon, and under Audio, select Separate Tracks. You will only be able to see the separated tracks in video editing software such as Adobe Premier.
So that wraps it up! There’s no need to buy expensive capture care to record Xbox gameplay and voice chat.