The Roxio Game Capture HD Pro was announced in a statement made by parent company Corel yesterday to the industry, stating that the most comprehensive and easiest way for gamers to capture, edit, share and stream had finally arrived. This unit is aimed to be an all-in-one solution that claims to be the first capture device to offer live streaming abilities. The Roxio Game Capture HD Pro encodes utilizing the popular H.264 codec, saving footing in 720p and in 1080 60i/30p and also includes video editing software that’s aimed specifically for gamers.
While there might be many game capture cards out on the market these days, we noticed two distinguising features with the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro announcement. The first is that this unit has built-in streaming capabilities thanks to a partnership with Twitch.tv, the largest broadcasting community. Those that decide to stream their games will also have the ability to add in voiceover in realtime as they stream. The second major distinguishing feature for this new product from Roxio is that the price point of the unit is set at just $149.99 which is $30-$75 below all the other units we’ve seen. In comparison, the Elgato Game Capture (which does not do streaming) can be found for no lower than $179, so the new Roxio Game Capture HD Pro device offers more for less the price.
Matt DiMaria, the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media at Corel stated in the press release, “Gamers love to share their best moves and achievements, and watch others play for tips and tricks. Our new product makes this experience even more exciting by supporting HD recording and easy social media sharing. What’s more, Roxio Game Capture HD PRO takes social sharing to a whole new level by enabling live streaming.”
There’s even some bonus features included like an integrated voice changer to match the voiceover users can broadcast with while they stream, a picture-in-picture feature to layer separate video tracks and over 90 transitions within the video editor. There’s seamless integration in the video editing software to share the video they record on YouTube and Facebook (simultaneously), or to simply save the video for various formats such as those typically played on iOS devices like iPods, iPhones and iPads or other mobile devices.
The Roxio Game Capture HD Pro can record in HD, be it 720p, 1080/30p or in 1080/60i. The unit supports both HDMI and Component for HD capture, but there was no explicit distinction in the press release stating that you can capture in 1080/60i via HDMI from the PS3 as all other game capture units have failed to do, although a recent update to the Elgato Game Capture unit claims to do the same. The live stream to Twitch appears to be the only one of its kind in the market at all, giving it a *huge* advantage over the competition. While recording gameplay, users can enter a Full Screen mode to see your gameplay and not be distracted by your desktop and there’s the abiliy to use a slide to adjust the video quality of your recording. The Roxio Game Capture HD Pro will be fully compatible with Windows 8 and natively supports Windows 7/Vista/XP and connects to your PC via a USB connection.
The unit can be purchased from roxio.com and has a North American suggested retail price of $149.99. At the time of this article’s publication, Roxio slashed the price down to just $129.99. Stay tuned to Gaming Illustrated for an upcoming review of the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro and more news as it breaks.