[SOLVED] OBS Not Capturing Game

Are you also facing the problem with OBS not capturing game? If you fall in this category, you are not alone. I have noticed lately more and more people having issue concerning OBS displaying a black screen instead of capturing a game or a window which led me to heavily research and find a solution to resolve this problem once and for all.

Stay with me.

Before I begin with the solutions, I have put together some of the most common reasons I can find to why OBS is not working as it should even after doing everything correctly.


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Why Is OBS Not Capturing My Game

These are the reasons:

1. OBS Was Updated

As this moment I am writing this post, the current version of OBS is the version 26 and this version doesn’t work correctly with some games like CSGO with Faceit, Division 2, For Honor, War Hammer, Minecraft with Lunar Client and much more. It is actually not the fault of OBS but the games themselves because they have Anticheat.

Understand that if your game was capturing well by OBS and then all of a sudden stopped capturing, it means your OBS was updated knowingly or unknowingly and to get it working again, you would need to uninstall the latest version and reinstall then previous working version to successfully capture your games.

2. Incorrect OBS Settings

Most people face this problem but aren’t always aware of this. It is very easy to change some settings in OBS without even knowing it which can be the primary reason as to why OBS in not capturing your games.

Launch OBS and go to your settings to review if there’s any mistake made or anything little to change that can resolve the problem. Pay attention to your settings so it won’t conflict with the solutions I will provide below.

3. Too Much Sources Inside OBS

OBS sources

You recognize that little section inside OBS where you create a source to either capture your screen, game or window? in that section, if you have too many sources created, they can conflict with each other causing OBS to glitch or not work properly. The simple solution is to delete unused sources and leave only the sources you need.

4. OBS is Not Launched as Administrator

There’s a possibility that OBS doesn’t have the right privilege’s needed to work properly from your computer.

The reason for this is that by default, your computer doesn’t fully trust any third-party application installed. But, by letting your computer understand that it can trust OBS, it will give OBS the full privileges’ it needs to work properly.

So, the next time you are trying to launch OBS to either capture or stream your games, launch it as an administrator.

5. Old computer

Ok, let’s be honest here, how old is your computer? let me know in the comment box below. If you are using an older computer, obviously that particular computer won’t have the requirement to handle OBS for capturing games.

The minimum requirements to run OBS on your computer is:

  • RAM – 4GB and above
  • Processor – Core i5
  • Compatibility – Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  • GPU – Intel, AMD or INVIDIA

Compare your computer to the requirements above to see if you pass the minimum test.

6. Outdate Drivers

The most important driver for OBS is your graphics or display drivers and if both are outdated. You might run into some trouble with OBS. Although this can be very rare, it’s still worth looking into. Follow this link to keep your drivers updated.

7. Closed Eye

OBS eye

Most people completely overlook this and never realize this could have been their what is causing their problem all along. The eye logo beside the source you have created can be toggled on and off.

When it is off, the color dims a little and forward slash is displayed over it. But when it is turn on, the eye logo becomes brighter and bolder. Look closely to inspect it either it is turn on or off.

8. Source Isn’t Stretched Out

OBS red dot

Another mistake some people fail to notice is the expandable red dot display at the top left-hand corner of the screen inside OBS. The red dot displays after you have created a source in the sources section inside OBS.

Most people fail to realize that it doesn’t just end after a source is created, you would still need to expand the red dot to fit the screen to view what game or window you are capturing with OBS.


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How To Fix OBS Not Capturing Game

1. Run OBS as Administrator

1. Right click on OBS shortcut and select properties.

Obs Property

2. Navigate to the shortcut tab.

Obs shortcut property tab

3. Click on advanced.

OBS advanced shortcut settings

4. Check the box to run as administrator and click on OK.

Run OBS as Administrator (4)

Anytime you lunch OBS with that particular shortcut, it will lunch with administrative privileges.

2. Use The Right Sources

1. Click on the plus icon in the sources section.

add new source in obs

2. Select game capture among the list.

OBS game capture

3. Click on OK.

ok

4. Launch the game that OBS is not capturing and leave it running in the background.

5. In the mode section, click on capture specific window.

capture specific window with OBS

6. Select the window you want to capture in the window section.

capturing stremio with obs

7. Click on Ok.

8. Give it few seconds to display the windows you selected.

Obs capturing game

If this method doesn’t work, try the next method.

3. Test Different Power Options

1. Right-click on your desktop and select display settings.

display settings

2. Scroll down to the bottom and click on graphic settings.

graphics settings

3. Choose either desktop app or classical app in the graphics performance preference section. If OBS Studio is displayed below, delete it by clicking on it and selecting remove.

set app preferences

4. Click on browse.

browse app preference

5. Locate OBS file application by following this default path below:

C:\Program Files\OBS-studio\bin\64bit

You can copy and paste the path above to your windows explorer to search for it more quickly. Keep in mind that your computer can either be 64bit or 32bit.

obs default location

6. Double click on OBS64 when you locate it. It could be OBS32 if your computer is 32bit.

obs64

7. Under OBS Studio, click on options.

obs studio options

8. Select power saving and click on save.

graphics preference power saving

9. Restart OBS.

10. Click on the plus icon in the sources section.

add new source in obs

11. Select display capture among the list.

obs display capture

12. At this stage, OBS should be capturing your display. If you can still see a black screen, go back to step 8 and switch between your graphic preference to test which will work

If nothing works, it’s ok, everyone is using different graphics card and processor which could be conflicting for OBS. Proceed to the next step.

4. Reset OBS

Scene

1. Click on scene collection at the top left-hand corner of OBS.

obs scene collection

2. Select export.

export obs scene

3. Change the name to whatever you want and save to your preferred location.

Log

1. Click on file at your top right-hand corner.

obs file

2. Select show settings folder.

obs settings folder

3. Copy and paste the logs folder to some other location just for backup.

obs logs

4. Select and delete all the folders in the settings folder.

obs folder

5. Close OBS studio and make sure it’s not running in the background. You can use task manager to close it properly.

6. Launch OBS Studio.

7. Click on the plus icon in the sources section.

add new source in obs

8. Now, choose windows capture among the list.

Obs window capture

9. In the window section, chose the window you want OBS to capture and click on ok. Make sure you have the program running before it can be displayed on OBS.

5. Downgrade to Previous Version

Save your user settings before you begin with this method.

1. Search for control panel in windows search and click on it.

searching for control panel

2. Set view by to small icons by your top right-hand corner.

small icons in command prompt

3. Click on programs and features.

programs and features in control panel

4. Select OBS studio among the list of programs and click on uninstall/change at the top.

uninstall obs

5. Select user settings and click on uninstall.

obs user settings

6. Open window explorer by pressing the Windows logo + E on your keyboard.

file explorer
File explorer

7. Type the following text below beside the search bar inside windows explorer:

%appdata%
windows 10 roaming folder

8. Delete any folder related to OBS.

9. Click on AppData at the top and check both LocalLow and Roaming to delete any OBS folder found in them.

appdata

10. Open the Local folder.

windows 10 local folder

11. Click on the tempt folder and delete everything inside it.

windows 10 tempt folder

12. Paste the following command below inside windows explorer:

C:\Program Files
windows 10 program files

13. Delete Any OBS folder you can find among the list of folders.

14. Again, paste the following command below inside windows explorer:

C:\Program Files (x86)
windows 10 program files 86x

15. Delete any OBS folder you can find.

16. Visit the link to download the previous version of OBS.

17. Scroll down to the Assets section and download OBS full installer which is the first two among the list. Pick either x64 or x86 depending on what your computer is running on.

obs studio version 24.0.3

18. Install the newly download OBS-Studio-24.0.3-Full-Installer.

install obs

19. launch OBS as administrator with the method I provide above.

20. Once you open OBS, ignore OBS from upgrading to the 25 version. DON’T UPDATE IT!!

obs update

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