This device is currently the best on the market, providing simple high-definition gameplay capture capabilities at a reasonable price tag. Advanced features include H.264 encoding to keep your HD capture files small and easy to upload without sacrificing quality. The software is excellent and supports both Mac and PC users. You can capture up to 1080P footage via HDMI (Xbox 360) or A/V In (PS3). Read our full “hands on” review here.
This is a more affordable option than the Elgato with some competitive features. A nice advantage to this particular device is that you can capture footage without the need of a PC. It also includes a handy remote for your convenience. The C281 supports 1080P 30fps for gameplay capturing via the latest firmware update. Unlike the Elgato, you must use the provided 3-in-1 component cables and cannot capture via a HDMI connection.
This is the closest competitior to the Elgato and used to be top dog before it entered the market. The “gaming edition” includes HDMI connections, H.264 encoding, one click YouTube sharing, and a no delay passthrough. It is priced just under the Elgato price tag and is definitely a reasonable buy, but from my experience I'd rather spend the extra $25 and get the top of the line Elgato that most of the pros are using to stream/capture their HD gameplay.
Roxio is a well-known name in the industry mainly for their popular DVD burning software. Similar to the Elgato and Hauppauge, this model supports 1080P recording and H.264 encoding straight through the device. Just like the Elgato, the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro has native Twitch.tv integration which allows you to stream your gameplay online without any 3rd party hardware or software needed. Both HDMI and component configurations are supported without any gameplay interruptions or delay. The software also allows you to share your footage to YouTube, Facebook, or RoosterTeeth with the click of a button.
The C875 is similar to the C281, but with more advanced features. This includes H.264 hardware encoding up to 1080P, 60Mbps with an extremely low encoding latency. There is one click to record or stream PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, or Wii U HD gameplay and a “PC-Free” mode for recording on the go. The C875 is compatible with Windows 7 or 8 and includes a 3 month premium license of XSplit Broadcaster for those who want to use the device for streaming.
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