How To Record Games On PS4

Uploading gaming videos to the internet for others to see is becoming more popular in this generation. There are also a lot of persons who are taking gaming more seriously because of the rise of Esports. Because of this, many gamers are looking to rewatch their game footage so as to improve their performance.

In this article, I will be talking about recording gameplay footage on PS4 and I will be giving step by step instructions on how to record games on PS4, with and without a capture device. If you are interested, I also wrote an article on how to record games on Xbox One that you can check out here.


Things you need to record without a capture card:
• PlayStation 4 console.
• USB Flash Drive.

Let’s get into the steps
Step 1A
This step is for persons who want to do game commentaries. So, if you don’t plan on using your microphone while recording then skip this step. The first thing you have to do is open up the share menu then select sharing and broadcasting settings.

Once the new menu comes up select audio devices then microphone level. The audio is low by default so adjust the dial all the way up.

Step 1B
Now, to actually record a game on your PS4 just open the game you want to record and when you are ready to record just double tap the share button on the PS4 controller. A popup notification will come up on the screen indicating that you are recording.

When done, double tap the share button again to stop recording.

Step 2
In this step, I will be explaining to you how to transfer your recorded file to a USB flash drive so that you can put it into your computer for editing. Ok, you should first back up your files on your flash drive because you have to format your flash drive to use it as a storage device on the PS4.

Once you have backed up your files, plug it into the console, go to settings then devices. Select the USB storage option then choose your USB drive. After choosing your drive select options then format as an exFAT drive.

Step 3
The USB flash drive is now ready to be used to receive the recorded footage. Go into library then select the application capture gallery.

Here is where you can find the videos of all the games you recorded. Alright, select the game that you recently recorded then find the footage you want to copy to the flash drive. Now, go to options then to copy to USB storage device, on the right side.

Select the file or files you want to copy to the flash drive. The next page shows the pathing of the folders on the flash drive. Just select ok and all the files would start transferring over.

If you want to edit your footage right on the PS4 then download an app from the Playstation store called Sharefactory. You can do a lot of pretty cool things with this app.


Things you need to record with a capture card
• PS4
Elgato Capture Card (click to view on Amazon)
• One USB cable
• Two HDMI cables
• Computer

Setting up the PS4
Before you record games on the PS4 using the Elgato capture card you have to adjust the settings on the PS4 so as to prevent any issues.

Step 1
First, go to settings then system settings and uncheck the HDCP box. Your programs and games will then shut down for a system reboot.

Step 2
Go back to the settings menu and select the sound and screen option then video output settings. The resolution should be left at automatic but you can change it to 720p or 1080p. Leave every other setting as automatic but if it doesn’t work or look the way you want it to then change to limited.

Go back once done and select audio output settings. Go to primary output port and make sure it is set to HDMI out so that your capture card will get audio.

Connecting Hardware

Step 1
Take one of the HDMI cables and plug one end into the HDMI IN port on the capture card and take the other HDMI cable and plug one end into the HDMI Out port on the capture card. Now, plug the small end of the USB cable into the USB out Port on the capture card.

Step 2
Take the other end of the HDMI cable that is plugged into HDMI IN port and plug that into the HDMI port on the PS4. Now take other end of the HDMI cable that is plugged into HDMI OUT port on the capture card and plug it into the HDMI port on your monitor. Once all the HDMI cables are connected, take the USB cable and plug it into your computer.

Setting Up the Elgato Software
Open up your Elgato software on your computer and click settings. If you don’t have the software then go and download it from the official Elgato website. Once the settings window has opened up, set input device to ps4, adjust your quality settings to the best possible settings your computer can handle then select ok.

Your PlayStation display should be up on your computer screen and on the tv (or the monitor you are playing the PS4 on). To start recording just press the big red button located on the bottom left of your Elgato software.

If you want to do commentaries, just plug your microphone into your pc then go to the audio input option at the right side of the Elgato software, select your microphone from the drop-down menu and click the commentary button located at the bottom right.

Advantages of recording games on the PS4 without a capture card
• Relatively cheap, just need the PS4 console
• Easy to set up

Advantages of recording games on the PS4 with a capture card
• Higher quality
• More control and flexibility

There you have it, how to record games on PS4. It is a pretty straightforward process once you follow all the steps. If you don’t have an Elgato capture card just follow the first set of steps in order to record just using the PS4 and if you have a capture card then follow the second set of steps.