2 Simple Ways to Record PS4 Gameplay Without Capture Card [Definitive Guide]

By Karen Nelson Last updated : November 12, 2021

The relaxing and exciting gaming time on PS4 (PlayStation 4) is usually the happiest hours after all day work and during holidays. Enjoying gaming by yourself is great, but saving the highlight moments or sharing the game clips or tutorials with others can add on even more fun to it.


Sometimes you may want to record the PS4 gameplay. That doesn’t matter if you are a newbie at it. In this article we will provide you with 2 easy methods to record PS4 gameplay using the PS4 built-in tool or the PC, no need for a capture card for both.


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Playing PS4

How to Screen Record on PS4 with the Built-in Tool (Up to 60 Mins)

The most convenient way to record gameplay on PS4 is to use the built-in feature without extra tools. Luckily, there is, and the setting process is not complex at all. Follow this guide to set it up and then make PS4 game videos by yourself.

Note:

The built-in method can only record game clips limited to 60 mins with no webcam. If you want to record your PS4 gameplay with the webcam activities, check at the following Method 2.

Step 1. Set up Recording Length of the Game

Launch the game, and then hit the “Share” button at the DualShock 4. Find out “Sharing and Broadcast Settings” at the left side menu, and head to “Length of Video Clips” to customize the recording time. As you can see, the time length ranges from 30 seconds to 60 minutes. Select the one as you prefer.

PS4 Video Recording Length

Step 2. Customize Audio Settings

You may want to record the PS4 gameplay with voiceover. Go back to “Sharing and Broadcast Settings > Audio Sharing Settings”. Tick “Include Microphone Audio in Video Clips” if you want the microphone to be recorded. By the way, also tick “Share Party Audio” if you need.

PS4 Audio Sharing Settings

Step 3. Start Game Recording on PS4

Now, basically the settings are done. Go back to your game, double tap the “Share” button to start recording the gameplay, and you will see the capture icon at the top left of the interface.

PS4 Start Recording Gameplay

Step 4. End the Recording

The game recording will be ended when it reaches the time limit according to your settings. Or, if you want to end the recording at a certain time, double click the “Share” button as what you do to start recording the screen. The capture icon will also show up, telling you that the video is saved to the Capture Gallery.

Note:

If you don’t want to manually record the PS4 gameplay. You can also use “Share > Save Video Clip” to save the PAST game videos automatically. Similarly, the time length is based on what you have set.

PS4 Save Video Clip

Step 5. Edit the Gameplay Video and Upload it to YouTube

This is an optional step. As the notice say, hit the PlayStation button at DualShock 4 and go back to home screen > Library > Applications > Capture Gallery to view your recorded game clips. If it’s hard to find out, try to sort by time or something else to quickly identify it.


Select the video and press the “Options” button on DualShock 4. You can trim the video, change the information, and then upload it to a platform like YouTube.

PS4 Edit Gameplay Video

How to Record PS4 Gameplay on PC (with Webcam)

Although Recording videos on PS4 is simple, it doesn’t support the webcam and there are limited editing features and time length. An alternative way to break the restrictions is to record it on PC with a recording tool.


There is a number of third-party recording software for PS4 gameplay recording. Here we recommend VideoSolo Screen Recorder because it is versatile enough to fulfill most of the recording needs. In the first place, it can record the webcam. It also has selectable video formats, video qualities, and frame rates to get good quality gameplay video. To improve the convenience, you are allowed to use hotkeys to control the whole recording process without showing the floating panel. In short, it’s an expert at desktop recording.

The follow-up is a complete guide on how to record PS4 gameplay with the VideoSolo tool. With no need of a capture card, you can also record high-quality gameplay. Considering that you may want to share the videos on YouTube, we will also illustrate it in this part.

Note:

Recording PS4 Gameplay on PC requires remote playing the PS4 screen on the computer. If you have no idea about it, check PS4 Remote Play Tutorial Documentation. The first-time settings may cost some time, but things will get easier for next time.

Step 1. Download and Install the PS4 Recording Program

Step 2. Make the Recording Settings

When the PS4 game is ready to play on PC, run VideoSolo Screen Recorder, click on "Video Recorder" on the main interface. Then you will enter this setting window. Usually, choose full screen, but if you want to select the recording area, you can customize it by yourself.


For uploading the game video to YouTube, you'd better follow the recommended resolution and aspect ratio listed below.

Make the Recording Settings

Note:

Here's the recommended resolution and aspect ratio of YouTube player:

2160p:3840x2160

1440p:2560x1440

1080p:1920x1080

720p:1280x720

480p:854x480

360p:640x360

240p:426x240

After the recording screen is set, turn on and adjust the Webcam as you need. Also, remember to adjust the volume. "System Sound" definitely must be turned on to record the sound of PS4 gameplay. If you want to record your own voice while playing the game, toggling the "Microphone" on.

Step 3. Click "More settings" to Modify Output

Click "More settings" above "Microphone" (or you can directly enter “Preferences” instead) to set the output video format and frame rate. YouTube supports upload video in WMV, MP4, MOV and AVI format, so you can choose as you like. You can also increase the frame rate to make your PS4 gameplay recording look smoother.

Modify Output Settings

Step 4. Set up Hotkeys for Quick Controlling

While the PS4 gameplay is in the process, you probably don't want to see the floating control panel. So, you can set hotkeys to pause, stop, make a snapshot or hide float panel as long as not conflict with other gameplay hotkeys, if you are not using DualShock 4 controller.

Set Hotkeys for Control

Step 5. Click "REC" button to Start Recording

Click the red "REC" button to start recording. The hotkeys come in handy when you are going to hide float panel and control the recording process.

Record PS4 Gameplay

Stop the recording process and you can preview and clip the PS4 gameplay video before save. Now you may see all the files you have recorded in the left panel. You are able to share your PS4 gameplay video all over the world through YouTube by uploading through YouTube upload.

Share Recorded Videos

Conclusion

Here we have showed you two easy ways to record PS4 gameplay. The first method is to use the built-in tool. It’s simple and quick, and can satisfy your basic recording needs. Inevitably, there are limitations such as no webcam, the time length, restricted editing, etc.


If you want to record the gameplay more flexibly, try VideoSolo Screen Recorder to record it on your PC. It makes the recording more adjustable, and your webcam activities can be greatly recorded.


Hope this article is helpful to you. And enjoy yourself in the PS4 game world.