Although it is true that our graphics cards have hardware video codecs that allow us to record and retransmit our games. This means having to sacrifice some video memory and access it to perform this function. That’s why external help, as is the case with the recently presented HD60 X from ElGato, is always good.
A video capture device is nothing more than a device that duplicates the video signal that we emit from the console or PC, one of them sends it directly to the screen and the other is stored or broadcast over the Internet. This saves our computer from having to spend its own resources and, therefore, ends up reducing performance. In particular, it affects graphics, because if we capture from the hardware-integrated video codec, it conflicts with the graphics card when accessing VRAM, causing the frame rate to drop.
We also cannot forget the fact that video game consoles tend to capture videos with a very limited duration and with an inefficient bit rate. Especially the previous generation. Therefore, they are ideal for having a smooth broadcast and with the best possible image quality. In addition, to allow us to do things that we cannot do as standard on our PlayStation, Nintendo Switch or Xbox.
ElGato HD60 X, specifications of this external capture device
The ElGato HD60 X capture device is small enough to fit in the palm of our hand and at the same time be able to capture content at a resolution 1080p and a frame rate of 60 FPS. All this seasoned with HDR10 and if we prefer higher image quality we can capture 4K and 30 FPS. In terms of sound quality, it’s 48KHz. Content is stored in HEVC format, which not only ensures good picture quality, but also superior picture quality at the same bitrate as H.264. What are we missing? VRR support and the ability to capture 4K60, especially for next-gen consoles.
For streaming, the capture device brings the technology Instant game view, which reduces streaming latency relative to your real-time gameplay and therefore reduces lag. We also find the 4K capture utility which allows us to save hours and hours of game content to our hard drive for later editing. Moreover, it is fully compatible with OBS Studio and allows you to add your voice in the middle of the real-time broadcast via a separate track. Something you can also do offline.
However, in the case of ElGato’s HD60 X, we are left with a product that lacks the ability to play automatically and cannot operate independently of our computer. As it does not have internal storage capacity as standard and we cannot connect an additional one. In addition, the system is powered by a USB-C port that simultaneously connects it to our computer. It will therefore use our PC to be able to supply itself electrically and to be able to store the video streams it captures.
Price and availability
As for its availability, we can already obtain it immediately in the network of distributors of CORSAIR and ElGato. Your recommended retail price? For $ 199.99 we can buy it.