Elgato HD60 Review

Elgato HD60 Review

Summary


So is this capture card still worth it? The price hasn’t gone down significantly since I made the purchase for recording PS4 gameplay at the beginning of last year. For recording PS4/Xbox One gameplay, this is still adequate, but at this current moment in time, there is no set capture card from Elgato to capture in 4K, for those with a PS4 Pro or PC. The main star of the show is the software, and not the physical product, although that still matters to an extent.

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Set Up


Set up was easy enough to connect to my PS4, by simply using a bit of common sense to connect the HDMI to my PC, and the USB to the PC, then the other HDMI cable to my TV. Overall, setup took no longer than 5 minutes, however there were quite a few cables lurking around, as there was no obvious solution to hide the capture card. Downloading the Elgato software is simple, and I will go into more detail of the software later on in the review. If you are struggling to set the Elgato up, then see the video below.

Software


The software’s layout is very simple and user friendly. It is basic in a good way and is very easy to navigate, you have settings to choose from such as where you would like the gameplay recordings to be saved, the quality of the video files (which will impact the file size) and adjustments in the picture output. You can also live stream from the software, but only if you have a reasonable internet connection.

What is really impressive about the soft ware is the time shift feature. If you are recording some gameplay, then you decide to stop recording perhaps because you aren’t doing good in the game your playing. In the background, the software will always be recording.

If you suddenly do an amazing, unforgettable thing in a game, you can scroll back in the time shift, and record the parts that you want. You can also use the live commentary feature to commentate with your microphone live over your audio. The intuitive software is definitely worth the £139 you pay for the capture card.

Availability And Specifications


The Elgato HD60 is currently available off Amazon for £139/$160. It may appear to seem pricey, and it is, but if you are going to really utilise the easy to use software, then this product is definitely worth it.

Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/2i9P846
Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/2h1ijkP

The specifications can be found below:

Brand Elgato
Item Weight 104 g
Product Dimensions 11.2 x 7.6 x 1.9 cm
Software Windows 7 (Or later)/Mac OS X 10.9 (OR later)
Series Game Capture HD60
Screen Size 15 inches
Elgato Game Capture HD60
USB cable
HDMI cable
1 HDMI, 1 USB
Hardware Platform PS4/Xbox One/Wii U

Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Very portable and light
  • Intuitive software
  • 1080p 60 FPS
  • Short cables, good for cable management
  • Time shift feature is very helpful in capturing important moments

Cons

  • The cables are short, not good for those with long distances
    between devices
  • No place to hide cables or capture card, something the HD60 Pro is good at
  • USB 2.0 communication
  • Now ways

Final Verdict

This is an overall great package, and it is well worth your money. The only real negative I have without nit picking is that there doesn’t seem to be a way of editing together several videos, from what I can tell, which is unfortunate. Saved videos are, as you’d expect, very large files. Unless you’ve got a really, really good internet connection, you’ll really want to download Handbrake (free program) and get the files compressed before uploading to YouTube. Physically, you can take this anywhere, making it ideal to people travelling often.

 

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