Elgato HD60 Review: Gameplay Capture Made Easy
Sal Thomas / Jan 28th, 2016 No Comments
Sharing gameplay clips is so hot right now. This has become such a large phenomenon that Microsoft and Sony built the ability to share content directly into the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Gamers can easily stream live gameplay from their console for anyone to see.
While this is a great next-gen feature, both consoles have limitations when it comes to livestreaming. That is where the Elgato HD60 game capture device comes in. At a measurement of 4.4x3x0.75 inches, the HD60 is slightly smaller than most smartphones, albeit a bit thicker. It allows users to stream gameplay at a full 1080p and 60fps. If you want to produce truly professional streams, this small device packs a big punch.
Streaming Made Easy
When it comes to setup, it couldn’t be any easier. The device is packaged with a fairly long mini- to full-size USB 2.0 cable and one HDMI cable. The HD60 acts as a passthrough, so you will also need one HDMI cable for your console, although you should already have this. The only other cable is used to connect the HD60 to your PC for power, as well as prompting the Elgato software.
The software is very easy to use and offers everything a streamer needs. There is a large gameplay screen the takes up the majority of the main page, with options for controlling streaming settings, game audio and microphones. There is also a separate tab for video editing, with the ability to upload directly to YouTube, Facebook and more.
When it comes to performance, the HD60 is a beast. We used it to record a match in Halo 5, and it delivered on its promise of a full 1080p at 60fps. There is a noticeable lag while recording, with the software being about two seconds behind what happens on the television screen. This shows that the passthrough portion of the HD60 works flawlessly, but there is a delay from the USB 2.0 connection to the computer.
This isn’t a deal breaker, but it’d be nice to have the option of setting up on a single monitor. The HD60 requires you to have your PC in close proximity to the TV or monitor to which your console is connected. This makes things a bit cumbersome if you are using a bigger size HDTV with a smaller monitor for your computer as you will be trying to look at both while you stream so you can interact with your audience.
We also noticed a bit of a delay from the webcam video and microphone audio to actual gameplay when livestreaming.
The Elgato HD60 is solid product and is extremely easy to use. Is it for everyone? No. More casual streamers will be fine using the built-in settings on their console, while the most strict professionals might demand a device that uses internal PCI-E (such as the Avermedia Live Gamer HD). The slight delay between the console and PC can throw off livestreaming. However, the HD60 is still one of the better capture units, especially if you plan to edit your footage rather than stream it live.
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