Genre: Game Capture Unit
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
Interface: USB 2.0
Input: Xbox 360 (unencrypted HDMI), PlayStation 3 (A/V In)
Output: HDMI (pass-through)
Supported resolutions: 1080p (simultaneous 60 fps pass-through and 30 fps capture), 1080i, 720p (60 or 30 fps capture), 576p
Dimensions: 73 x 24 x 109 mm / 2.9 x 1.0 x 4.3 in
Weight: 142 g / 5 oz
Review Score: 9/10
Review Unit: Yes
Seems like ever company is putting out a Game Capture device. At times I wonder if they are all necessary. What differentiates one from the other. Does unit size matter? How about connectivity, should we all be HDMI at this point or should a company offer other means of connectivity for their product? These are some of the questions that I've pondered every time a new Game Capture device comes on the market and the ElGato Game Capture isn't exempt from my checklist.
So let's begin with what we already know shall we? The Elgato game capture HD let's you capture your gaming content with the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 Consoles. The unit's size is about as big as a deck of cards, encodes with H.264 and can capture in 1080p. The visual editor allows you to trim, move and remove unwanted frames from your recording. If you missed an area of interest in your recording you can use the flashback recording to go back get the exact frame you want. The Elgato Gaming Capture device offers one click sharing after you've recorded your video and exports your content to multiple platforms including Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Iphone, IPad and more. Sounds good? It really is!
I could of wrapped it up there but I have to also mention the built-in twitch component of this little device. Now, it also does Youtube streaming as well but I believe you need at least 1,000 subscribers and possess the endurance to stand on one leg for five days to get youtube love - kidding about the standing part. Along with twitch there is also the live commentary option which has auto volume adjustment while you're playing your game - pretty neat.
When I opened the box I found the elgato capture device, quickstart guide, USB Cable, HDMI Cable, PS3 cable and component adapter. My TV has a DVI port so plugged that to the HDMI out and used the component adapter along with a dual console A/V cable to make the magic happen. Once connected I downloaded the software from the company's site, USB cable from the laptop to the unit off I went.
When I used the Elgato Game Capture with Xplit, it ran a little choppy for me. Optimal use for me is with the company's software and the Megabyte slider for my upload speed. Xplit had me discouraged, it had me believe that I couldn't run 720p - Not so. Elgato is the first Game Capture device that allowed me to run 720p (gorgeous too) on my twitch stream and I've received many compliments on it. Its also a plus that I have 115+ download and 35+ upload from my Internet Service Provider.
The device is very easy to setup, compact but a powerhouse that will make you enjoy streaming again. For a while I stopped turning on my stream but now I find every reason to turn it on and that desire came because of this awesome unit. What are you looking for in a Game Capture device, is it streaming? Capture quality? Maybe its portability?You will find it here. Elgato made me reconsider streaming again when I was about to walk away from it. So, you made it this far huh? Go get it!