How to Record Gameplay on Sony PlayStation 4 with or without a Computer


Sept 30, 2020 09:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

As one of the most popular game consoles, Sony PS4 gives you the chance to save your favorite video gameplay by recording. So that you can watch it over again, share it on your social media channel, or send it to other players.

How to Record Gameplay on Sony PlayStation 4 with or without a Computer

However, many users still feel confused about gameplay recording on PS4, partly because the procedure is a bit complicated. Therefore, this article shares the steps to help you save your gameplay on PS4 with or without a computer.

1. How to Record Gameplay on PS4

If you want to record gameplay on PS4, you are lucky since PS4 will do it in the background. Moreover, users are allowed to capture gameplay manually.

How to Record Gameplay on PS4 Manually

Play the game that you wish to record on your PS4. When you reach the desired moment, double-press the Share button. A flag icon will appear on the side of the screen, which indicates gameplay recording starts on PS4.

flag icon

To stop gameplay recording on PS4, you have two options. It will stop automatically in 15 minutes. Or you can double-press the Share button to finish it before the default time period is over.

If you want to record gameplay longer than 15 minutes, press the Share button from PS4’s home screen, choose Sharing and Broadcast Settings and then Length of Video Clip. Now, you can decide the recording length from 30 seconds to 60 minutes.

share settings

How to Record Gameplay on PS4 Automatically

When you play a game and want to save the gameplay just happened, briefly press the Share button, and select Save Video Clip from the Share menu. Then PS4 will save the last 15 minutes of gameplay recording on PS4.

save video clip

Go to the Capture Gallery from PS4’s home screen. Then you will see all recordings. If you want to share one clip, select it, press the Share button on your controller, choose the target social platform and follow the instructions.

2. Record Gameplay on PS4 with a Computer PC

Obviously, the built-in gameplay recording feature on PS4 is a simple way to save important moments. However, it has some drawbacks, such as length limit. If you have a computer, Fonelab Screen Recorder can help you record gameplay on PC or PS4. Moreover, it provides plentiful bonus features.

Main Features of the Best Gameplay Recorder for PS4

  1. Record gameplay on screen or external device easily.
  2. Capture your reactions along with gameplay recording.
  3. Include a wide range of custom options and video editing.

Needless to say, it is the best option to record gameplay on PS4 with a computer.

How to Record Gameplay on PS4 with Computer

Set up gameplay recorder

When you want to record gameplay on PS4, stream screen to your computer and install the best game recorder. It offers two versions, one for Windows 10/8/7 and the other for Mac OS X. You can get the right one based on your system. Then launch it and choose Video Recorder from the home screen.

choose mode

Next, click the Gear icon to open the Preferences dialog. Go to the Output tab, set video format, output path and other options. If you want to control recording with hotkeys, go to the Hotkeys tab. Click OK to confirm the settings.

Record gameplay on PS4

Make sure the Display option in the main interface is enabled and set the recording region according to the PS4 screen. If you want to add your face to the gameplay recording, turn on Webcam; otherwise, keep it disabled. Then decide the audio source, like System Sound and/or Microphone. Click the REC button and play a game on your PS4 to start recording it.

save settings

During gameplay recording on PS4, you will get a toolbar with several icons. Click the Edit icon if you want to add text or painting to the recording. At important moment, click the Camera icon to take a screenshot.

Preview and save gameplay recording

The game recorder does not have duration limit. If you have enough space on your disk, you can record as long as you wish. Whenever you want to stop game recording, click the Stop button. Then the preview window will pop up.

Here you can view the PS4 gameplay recording with the built-in media player. If the recording contains redundant frames, cut them with the Clip tool.

Finally, click on the Save button to export the recording video to your hard drive. Then you can edit or share it further.

save recording

3. FAQs of Recording on PS4

Can you record TV on a PS4?

Neither the PS4 nor Xbox One has the capacity to record TV. It is true that PS4 is able to record gameplay. However, this feature is only available to games but not TV shows or other media content. If you want to record TV, you will need a video recorder or DVR.

How do I record my face on PS4?

If you want to record gameplay on PS4, the Share button on your controller is enough. However, PS4 neither has an internal webcam nor supports external webcam. Therefore, you cannot record your reactions to PS4. The only way to add your face to game recording is to do it on a computer.

Do I need a capture card for PS4?

If you wish to capture high-quality gameplay on PS4, you definitely need a capture card, which is used by game lovers for recording video games on console.


This guide has told you how to record gameplay on PS4. First of all, PS4 has built-in a game recording feature. By default, it will capture your gameplay for 15 minutes. If you go to the Settings screen, you can change it to 60 minutes. However, the output quality is not very good. Alternatively, you need a computer to capture high definition gameplay with Fonelab Screen Recorder. It is easy to use and does not require technical skills. More questions? Please leave a message below.

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