5 Devices Used To Capture PS3 Or Xbox 360 Gameplay In High Definition

1Elgato Game Capture HD

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.

Screen Shot 2013-06-19 at 11.47.48 AMAVERMEDIA C281 Game Capture HD

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.

Screen-Shot-2013-06-19-at-11.55.45-AMHauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition

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.


Screen-Shot-2013-06-19-at-12.01.28-PMRoxio Game Capture HD Pro

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.

Screen-Shot-2013-06-19-at-12.11.32-PMAVERMEDIA C875 Live Gamer Portable

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.

Photo Credit: Jamie McCall

    • Hi Helen, personally we stand by the Elgato Game Capture HD as we have found it to be the most user friendly, has excellent native software which is capable of live streaming, and features a simple, yet effective design.

      We use it to record our YouTube gameplay videos and have nothing bad to say about it!

  • I’m really confused between choosing Elgato or Avermedia’s LGP. The difference is nearly invisible. Can you give me a recommendation??

  • You guys review these devices individual and after you guys are done with it. Do you guys return it or just have it? if so, do you guys do give-aways to give to people who will use i happily. if you do it would be helpful for a lot of people that are not able to afford to buy those things. think about please!

  • Hi Colt Agar,

    I need a device which can record my PC screen for game play, i have used software like camtasia, but i was unable to record my game play in full screen mode. is there any device which i can connect with my pc to record my game play?


  • Nice post good content, shame there is no way to do it without a device that would be a lot easier and cheaper damn sony lol

    thanks for the post and info

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