So, you’re a budding YouTuber and want to start sharing your gaming videos with the world. Before you begin, you will need a capture card. But which one?
Before we get into the details, please note the Elgato HD, HD PVR 2 and the Roxio Game Cap HD require access to PC or Laptop in order to record. If your PS3/XBOX is in the lounge and your PC is elsewhere, don’t worry – you can use something like the AVerMedia Game Capture HD.
Elgato Game Capture HD vs HD PVR 2 (Gaming Edition) vs Roxio Game Cap HD
All three of these devices can record 30 fps @ 1080i using HDMI-in, or 60 fps @ 1080i using component-in.
Similarly, all three devices can connect to your TV using HDMI cables. The Roxio Game Cap HD has a slight advantage in that it also has component-out.
Size wise, the Elgato HD is the smallest, just a smidgen bigger than an iPhone 5. The Roxio is in the middle, whilst the HD PVR 2 is the biggest and, presumably, least portable of the three.
If you’re looking to live stream then all three capture cards will do the trick.
And the winner is…
In all, the Elgato, PVR and Roxio HD capture cards are pretty similar. Personally we’d go for the Roxio Game Cap HD as it offers the best value for money (even more so when you consider the powerful software that is included). You can pick up the Roxio for just £115 on Amazon.
Buy the Roxio GameCap HD Pro on Amazon:
If portability is what you are after, then we suggest paying a little extra and going for the Elgato Game Capture HD, which comes in at £143.
Buy the Elgato Game Capture HD on Amazon:
Those loyal to Hauppauge can pick up the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition for £153. We do feel, however, that you are paying for the brand’s reputation.
Buy the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition on Amazon:
What do you think? Let us know in the comments!