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Video Game Capture Card – Elgato HD60S Review

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Product: Elgato HD60S Capture Card

Item Model Number: 1GC109901004

Price: $179.95

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Weight(lbs): 3.68 ounces

Dimensions:4.41 x 2.95 x 0.75 inches

Color: Black

Compatibility: PlayStation 4, X box One & X box 360, Nintendo Switch & Wii U, PC and apple products

Output Quality: 1080p quality with 60 fps

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10


With video game streaming very popular and even video game videos, the demand for many gamers having a video game card is rising. Some may just want to show their skill in a game they love, play competitively or even stream for fun or for money. In the article I will talk about my experience with the Elgato HD60S and will also get into other cards that Elgato has and a few other brands.

Components

  1. Capture Card
  2. HDMI Cable
  3. USB C cable

Importance of a card that can stream and Capture

Whether you are doing one or the other having a card that can do both is very convenient. The Elgato series of card are high quality card that can do both. There are other lower budget cards which can only used for capturing via a flash drive being connected to it.

As per the diagram above another important factor that can decide what video game capture care to use would the instant game view feature, this allows you to see exactly what being captured via your PC or laptop and allows you to make tweaks to sound while streaming or capturing. When I purchased the HD60S model is was actually much cheaper than the HD60 but the price is gradually getting closer. The main other difference being the H.264 encoder which is basically a video format which compresses the data.

The other two capture cards are not plug in capture cards where you used two HDMI code to connect the capture card to the video game console and the screen, it actually goes into the tower of your CPU, they are more powerful and require higher specs to run efficiently.

Bear in mind the Elgato HD60S requires a USB 3.0 connection to run whereas the HD60 requires only a USB 2.0, most computers and laptops these days have a USB 3.0 port standard, but this is just something to keep on mind.

Interface

Elgato has a very easy to use interface and the software can be downloaded right off they website even before you purchase the product. https://www.elgato.com/en/gaming/downloads.

As you can see very straight forward, capture and edit areas are clearly labeled, some editing can be done using this software but I use a different software for all editing purposes, sound settings can easily be modified as well. However, if only minor or simple edits are required this is a one stop shop.

Sound capture is included in game capture as video and sound is recorded. However, if you only require sound, then you can use the sound capture software.

The stream deck software also has a simple interface allowing you to connect with Facebook or twitch depending on the streaming service you use. And with the ability to see what is streaming you can see what you viewers are seeing.

PC Specs to Run Capture Card

System Requirements needed when running this capture card, remember a laptop and PC is required to operate this capture card.

  • PC: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • 4th generation quad‑core Intel Core i5 CPU (i5-4xxx or comparable)
  • Intel HD or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 series graphics (or better)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • USB 3.0 port
  • Internet connection if streaming

Pros

  • Easy to use right out of the box
  • Simple interface and editing can be done in this software
  • Price is reasonable for a capture card
  • Comes with an HDMI and USB C cable

Cons

  • Does not compress videos, however the other Elgato products do

My Experience

My experience with the product has been wonderful, I mainly use it to record Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and have gotten no issues. I use a laptop with 16 gigs of RAM and USB 3.0 port and Intel HD graphics. At first, I was worried about how well it would run with Intel HD graphics but it has been fine. See video below which was created using the Elgato HD60S capture card and edited used Davinci Resolve.

Reason for Verdict

I could not find many areas to deduct points for this product, the only downside being that it does not have the compression abilities that some other capture cards have and with other Elgato products having this ability it’s a matter of which one suits your needs.

Other products mentioned in this review you can check out

Graphics Card

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600

Gaming PC

Pro Gaming PC

Alternative Capture Cards

AVerMedia Capture Card

Hope this article helps, look forward to everyone’s feedback

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