Best capture cards for streaming Nintendo Switch in 2023

Streaming games seems to get bigger every year. It's more popular than ever, and extremely easy to do – you can stream directly to popular streaming websites like Twitch or YouTube, and on some cases directly from your console. Unfortunately, if you want to stream on your Switch, things become a little trickier, with no way to stream gameplay directly from the system. That's where a capture card comes in.

A capture card hooks up to your laptop, and captures the video output of the system its connected to – in this case, the Switch. This feed can then be streamed to your platform of choice. You are, as they say, off to the races. Finding one of these cards, however, can be a little more tricky than the streaming itself. That's why we've made this list.

It doesn't matter if you're a professional that needs new top-quality gear, or a curious newcomer that just wants to have fun sharing your experiences with the world, there's something for everybody here. Some of these cards are also the best Mac-compatible capture cards too, if you need to stream content from your Mac. Get streaming with the best Capture cards for Nintendo Switch.

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How to find the right streaming card for any occasion

These are just some of our favorite capture cards for the Nintendo Switch. While on the expensive side, the best overall card is the Elgato HD60 S Capture Card. It's simple to use and is perfect for the Nintendo Switch, even if you've upgraded to the Nintendo Switch OLED.

Getting started streaming is easier than you might think, and with just a bit of work, you'll be streaming the best Nintendo Switch games in no time. While extremely expensive, if you opt for an even higher-end model such as the Elgato 4K60 S+, you'll be future-proofed for anything that comes down the line. You can also use these streaming cards for other devices, so be sure to take that and other Nintendo Switch accessories into consideration before you make any purchases. Are you just intending to capture Nintendo Switch gameplay, or do you need to be ready for anything? 

If you only intend to capture Nintendo Switch gameplay, you don't need to blow out your wallet on a high-end option. If on the other hand, you'll also be capturing high-end PC footage or even gameplay from a newer console, then you'll want to consider spending more. For most aspiring streamers, the mid-range option will more than suffice, and you'll be streaming Nintendo Switch with Elgato HD60 S in no time.

If the price isn't your cup of tea, the AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus is also an excellent option. The PC-free mode is great for capturing Switch gameplay when you're away from your computer, giving some much-needed flexibility.

Samuel Tolbert

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance gaming writer who started working for iMore and its sister sites Windows Central and Android Central in July 2019. He handles news, previews, reviews, and exclusive original reporting, and has also been featured on TechRadar.

With a background studying engineering before he shifted his focus to gaming journalism, he's skilled at identifying technical advantages and disadvantages provided by different hardware. If he’s not writing something, he’s off playing video games, spending time with his pets, exercising, or reading. He's also fond of trying to draw things with his iPad.

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