Elgato Game Capture HD Review

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The Elgato Game Capture HD device allows you to record game footage from your Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 to your PC so you can show it off to the world.

  • Uses H.264 encoding to capture your gameplay in stunning HD
  • Using Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 input, a single cable is all that is needed to connect to your console
  • Flashback recording lets you time shift your game play so you can simply slide back in time on your PC and hit the record button later
  • With just one click you can share your game play with your friends or fans on your social media channels

Uses H.264 Encoding to Capture in Stunning HD

The Elgato takes advantage of some of the most advanced hardware. By making use of H.264 format for video compression it records your gameplay with crisp, clear visuals. The device will not only deliver beautiful HD rendering, but employing H.264 also keeps the file sizes small. No need to worry about clearing up extra space on your hard drive for a bunch of massive video files. Also, while the Elgato Capture is recording your gameplay, you will still be able to play your Playstation or Xbox titles on the TV and there won’t be a drop in quality.

Connect With a Single Cable

No need to worry about a confusing set up with the Game Capture. This device keeps it as simple as possible, only requiring a single cable to connect and start recording your game. The Elgato HD uses direct Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 input, which makes only one cable necessary and also limits the needed power supply. It was designed to be easy to use and convenient. The small size, it’s about as big as smaller hand, means that it won’t be getting in your way.

Flashback Recording

One feature that’s unique for the Elgato is the Flashback Recording feature. This allows you to time shift your gameplay so that you can simply slide back in time on your PC and later press “record”. This means you don’t have to worry about missing that incredible moment in your gaming session. The Elgato has you covered. Simply go back using the Flashback Recording feature and you’re good to go.

One Click upload to Social Media like Facebook or YouTube

If you’re a social gamer who likes to make use of the most popular social media outlets, the Elgato Game Capture HD makes it easy. Show all of your friends, family, and fans your gaming highlights and accomplishments by uploading to Facebook or YouTube by simply pressing one button. Also, the Elgato software allows you to quickly optimize your gaming footage and send it on to the editing software of your choice. Not only can you show gameplay footage from the past that you recorded with the Elgato Game Capture, you can also use it to broadcast live. Let your followers watch you play live on Twitch and interact with you as you play.

Customer Verdict

Consumers seem to be very pleased with their purchase of the Elgato Game Capture HD. Customers love the simplicity of the set-up, HD quality of the recording, and the ease of uploading to their favorite social media sites. However, a few complaints with the product were that the software could be better and some users experienced an issue with audio syncing.


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