The 4 Best Capture Cards for the Nintendo Switch

Switch Streamers need to use a capture card 

If you want to stream from the Nintendo Switch, you need a capture card. The switch doesn't have a built in app for streaming like the PlayStation and Xbox. 

What does a Capture Card Do?

Capture Cards

 A capture card grabs, or "captures" the image from a console and transfers it to broadcasting software on your computer. From there, you can either record it or live stream it. 

Internal vs External

Before we dive in, you need to know the difference between an internal and external capture card. Internal cards are better, but you need a desktop computer that you can switch parts around with to use one. External cards are made for laptops and connect via physical cable.

The Best Capture Cards for the Nintendo Switch

Not all capture cards are created equal. Here are the best capture cards for Nintendo Switch Streamers ---->

Best External Card

Elgato Game Capture HD 60s 

This card can capture up to 60 fps . It also has a recording speed of up to 1080p, so it can capture pretty much anything. 

Best Internal Card

Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro

The HD60 pro captures at 60 FPS and includes an h.264 hardware encoder. It only takes up one PCIe port, which is great for folks who love to custom-build PCs. 

The Best of the Best

AverMedia Live Gamer 4K

This card is a beast. You only need it if you want to be a pro, and it gets pricey.  It captures at up to 240FPS!

The most affordable Capture Card

Y&H HDMI Game Capture Card

If you're on a budget, check out the Y&H card. It offers basic live stream capture and the standard 1080p recording.  It doesn't have any bells or whistles, but it will get the job done.

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