Game Cap­ture HD60

Show off your smooth gaming moves with this new video cap­ture box

Mac Format - - RATED | KIT - £140 Man­u­fac­turer El­gato, el­ In­put HDMI (un­pro­tected) In­cludes HDMI cable, USB cable Re­quires OS X 10.9, 4GB RAM, built-in USB 2.0 port, sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Core i5 pro­ces­sor

This is a new ver­sion of El­gato’s HDMI cap­ture box, de­signed to let you plug an HDMI source such as a games con­sole into your Mac and record what it pro­duces. They’re of­ten used by gamers to broad­cast them­selves play­ing. This new ver­sion is aimed at PS4 and Xbox One own­ers who want to show off new-gen games at their best – at 1080p and 60 frames per sec­ond, rather than 720p60/1080p30 on the orig­i­nal model. Ana­log in­put is gone, though, so you can’t record from PS3 (its dig­i­tal out­put is copy­pro­tected) or retro con­soles.

The HD60 uses the same Mac app as the older model, which gained Twitch, Us­tream and YouTube stream­ing in a pre­vi­ous up­date. It has an im­proved lay­out, with but­tons for record­ing in­put and live com­men­tary and for stream­ing across the bot­tom of its win­dow.

Game Cap­ture HD’s con­ve­nient Flash­back Record­ing fea­ture is also a key fea­ture of the HD60. The app uses colour bet­ter to dis­tin­guish be­tween that fea­ture pas­sively record­ing game­play and when you’re ac­tively record­ing live game­play. Stream Com­mand adds your we­b­cam feed and over­lays to a live stream; it’s not in the soft­ware yet, but promised for a fu­ture up­date. Note that on Win­dows it needs a Core i7.

Cap­tur­ing at this qual­ity, and con­tin­u­ously while disk space is avail­able, beats the new con­soles’ built-in 720p30 and limited-du­ra­tion record­ing fea­tures. The higher frame rate makes a big dif­fer­ence when play­ing, but its ben­e­fit when watch­ing is sub­jec­tive and partly de­pen­dent on the game type. Alan Stone­bridge

The Game Cap­ture HD60 is an ex­cel­lent way to show off your skills with the lat­est con­soles at high qual­ity.

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