I had previously reviewed Elgato’s Game Capture HD, and had been pretty impressed with the device’s performance not only due to its solid video quality, but its features and price point. Now with next-gen consoles being the current consoles, Elgato has developed the Game Capture HD60, which adds some welcomed upgrades.
Now I know what you’re thinking. But Ramon, why would I need a video capture device for my Xbox One or PlayStation 4, when both consoles allow for both streaming and sharing? Well, while using the software that’s already built into both consoles works for the most part, you’re only getting 720p video while the frame rate is set at 30fps.
On the other hand, the new Game Capture HD60 allows for recording at 1080p at 60fps with HDMI output for both consoles. In fact, the HD60 gets rid of analog inputs, so those looking to use component cables will need to look elsewhere, but really, you should stick to HDMI anyway. If you want to capture video from an older console, you can stick with the original Elgato Game Capture HD.
Capturing some gameplay footage, with the device’s upgraded h.264 encoder, from Destiny (PS4) and Titanfall (Xbox One), I was happy with the video quality of both recordings, from the smooth frame rate, to the accurate colors and audio quality was solid as well.
The unit’s software is as easy to use as ever, with built-in streaming to YouTube, Twitch and Ustream. Stream Command also easily lets you add your webcam to the stream, along with live commentary on the fly. Perhaps more impressive is the price tag, which is set at $179.95. For 1080p60 recording, you’d expect to be paying a lot more, especially considering that it does a great job to boot.
With the Game Capture HD, I really had no need to upgrade to a new video capture device, but the Game Capture HD60 is such a fantastic upgrade that saying no just isn’t an option. For those looking to get the best video captures and live streaming for a moderate price, you just can’t beat the HD60.
Final Score: 5 out of 5
- PC: Windows 7 SP1 (or later), 4 GB RAM, built-in USB 2.0 port
- Mac: OS X 10.9 (or later), 4 GB RAM, built-in USB 2.0 port
- Game Capture HD60: 2nd generation Intel Core i5 CPU
- (i5-2xxx or comparable)
- Game Capture HD: 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (or comparable)
- Stream Command: 2nd generation Intel Core i7 CPU
- (i7-2xxx or comparable) Windows 7 or later;
- Stream Command for Mac coming soon.