While many had already assumed that this would be the case, it’s now been officially confirmed that Microsoft’s Xbox Series X console will be able to capture and stream gameplay in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second (FPS).
Microsoft’s high-end current gen Xbox console, the Xbox One X, can already capture gameplay in 4K at 30 FPS so it would have been very surprising if their next gen console couldn’t improve upon this.
It’s still unclear what capture capabilities the lower-end Xbox Series S console will possess.
Capturing images or video of gameplay on the Xbox Series X will be able to be done via both a popup menu option (like on the Xbox One) or via the dedicated capture button on the new Xbox Controller that’s set to launch alongside the Series X and S consoles.
Integrated game capturing is a very convenient feature on Xbox consoles as it allows for anyone to capture the last 30 seconds or so of game footage in seconds with just a few button presses. This footage can then be shared directly from the console or downloaded from the cloud for editing or sharing on social media. Screenshots can also be taken and shared in much the same way.
It should be mentioned though that Xbox Series X owners will still be able to capture gameplay via traditional methods such as with a capture card and a computer so this functionality likely won’t matter to series streamers and capture enthusiasts. Those wanting to capture 4K footage from an Xbox console via this method though will need to invest in a 4K capture card such as the Elgato Game Capture 4K60 S.