Last week at E3 I was shown a demo of Elgato’s Game Capture HD unit, and I have to say that it seems to be the most simple and effective way for gamers to record their gameplay experiences. The unit itself is no larger than a Nintendo 3DS when it is closed, and it’s extremely light due to the fact that it doesn’t require a power supply. All you need to capture HD gameplay is the Game Capture HD unit, an HDMI cable, a PS3 or Xbox 360, a Mac or PC, and a USB cable. Elgato’s tech takes care of the rest, and the software is very simple to use!
The Elgato Game Capture HD unit will cost you $199.99 (Elgato Game Capture HD PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 Recorder for Mac/PC (10025010)), and it’s available to buy now. I think I may have just found the game capturing device that I’ve been looking for. I was extremely impressed with the demo showed to us at E3, and the fact that you don’t really need a mess of cables and hardware to use it is most appealing to me.
Best of all the Elgato GCHD has some smart features built into it, such as the ability to allow you to go back and record video of your gameplay even if you didn’t hit the record button in the software when you first started playing. Think of it as a DVR for your video games. For more details and official specs for the Elgato Game Capture HD unit you can head down past the break. You’ve been needing to buy one of these bad boys today…
Elgato Game Capture HD: Record and share your gameplay really easily
Munich, May 21, 2012 – Elgato announces Game Capture HD, a simple and stylish solution for recording and sharing PlayStation or Xbox gameplay using a Mac or PC. With Elgato Game Capture HD, gameplay videos are easier to record, edit and share than ever before thanks to its innovative hardware design, powerful H.264 encoder, and software that is specifically tailored to gamers needs. Elgato Game Capture HD will be available from June 1st for USD 199.95$.
“Gameplay videos created on the Mac or PC are reporting explosive growth, especially on YouTube,” says Adam Steinberg, Vice President Marketing at Elgato. “Elgato Game Capture HD offers the community an unrivalled and efficient way to create gameplay videos in maximum quality with minimum effort. It brings together years of video-encoding and editing experience.”
Thanks to the most advanced H.264 hardware encoding technology, Elgato Game Capture HD records in breath-taking HD quality – all without burdening the hard disk with large files. At the same time, gameplay is passed through to the TV via HDMI – in pristine quality and without delay. Elgato Game Capture HD doesn’t need a lot of cables or even a power supply – the hardware connects directly to the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 using a single cable.
Tailored to gamers
Elgato Game Capture HD lets gamers focus on what matters, instead of constantly concerning themselves with the recording technology. Thanks to the unique Flashback Recording feature, Elgato Game Capture HD remembers the gameplay that has preceded it, even if the record button wasn’t pressed. The gamer can then simply revert to the start of the scene they want to record and begin recording retroactively.
What’s more, Elgato Game Capture HD allows for social interaction and sharing: With just a single click, videos can be shared with friends and fans on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. And with Elgato Game Capture HD software, it’s even possible to trim gameplay videos for later editing using a video-editing program.
What’s in the box & requirements
Elgato Game Capture HD comes with a Quick Start Guide, a USB cable, an HDMI cable, and a PlayStation 3 cable. It accepts the input of Xbox 360 (unencrypted HDMI) and PlayStation 3 (A/V In) video signals at 480p, 576p, 720p, and 1080i. Mac OS X 10.7 and a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU are required for use on a Mac. On a PC, Windows 7, a 2.0GHz Dual-Core CPU, a sound card, 4GB RAM, and a USB 2.0 port are required. Elgato Game Capture HD software is available to download.
Pricing & availability
Elgato Game Capture HD will be available from June 1st from Elgato (www.elgato.com), Amazon, and selected retailers for USD 199.95$. Visit www.gamecapture.com for a selection of beta-tester demo videos, product- availability info, and additional news about Elgato Game Capture HD.
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