Hi Gamers, today I’m telling you about truth of expensive capture card. Do you really need them or does it really worth. There lots of capture cards available in the market, but the prefer cards brands are Elgato and AVerMedia. Although most gamers and streamers use elgato cards for recording, but AVerMedia cards are also provide good output results. Both brand cards can provide recordings at 1080P 60FPS and 4k 60FPS with their different model capabilities.
Now which capture card and which model should we choose in order to get high quality recordings, and best performance. You need a computer or laptop in order to start recording within capture device. You should also have high specification on computer or laptop to get maximum benefit from the capture device. Although, it can also run in low end systems.
Let me take you into details, and further steps so that you can easily understand the real usage of capture cards.
What is Capture Card? And Who Really Need This
The card which helps you record your games footage. and lagging free streaming with multiple devices like microphone and webcam. By using this device, your system cpu and gpu won’t take any extra load. While not using the card, you may see frame drops and low picture quality.
However high end gaming and streaming desktop can easily provide best quality, and stable fps, but still it is recommended to use while streaming.
Use two desktops, one gaming pc where recording is running by using capture card, and little bit of stress on cpu and gpu. Second for streaming where you’re desktop won’t getting any extra load, which results in perfect high quality and stable streaming.
My best final suggestion for pc users, if someone own a very powerful gaming desktop already, then you don’t need to get a capture card for recording purposes only. Although you can use it for streaming purpose, but spending on upgrading pc parts would be a great idea instead.
The gaming consoles and mobile devices may suffer while recording using inbuilt recorder. You can keep in mind that Ps4, Xbox One and older generation consoles can able record your gameplay, but the quality you’ll get is very low without using capture card. Both Playstaion 4 and Xbox One can record gameplay footage at 720p 30 FPS only using inbuilt recorder. Even you won’t get proper 60fps in Ps4 Pro and Xbox One X. There system are not capable to do so, and therefore you need a capture card.
Now thanks to next generation consoles Ps5 and Xbox Series X who are capable to do 4k 60FPS recording without any capture card required.
I hope now consoles owners clearly know, if they’re using Ps4 and old generation consoles, they must need capture card in order to getting good quality while streaming, or uploading gameplay footage direct to youtbe. Therefore, who owns new generations consoles like Ps5 and XBox Series X, i’ll suggest them don’t waste money.
Again if you want to top end quality and not problem with money, then you can buy capture card. I’m promise buying capture card is not worthless.
Suggestions for those who are beginner or wants to start youtube channel, and twitch streaming, that they can do it with their pc alone without using any card in starting. On other hand, old generation console owners have to buy capture card.
Which Capture Card Will Be Best For You?
1. Elgato HD60s/HD60s+
Capable of recording at maximum 1080P 60 FPS with max 40 Mbps bitrate quality. The more bit rate means the better quality you’ll get. This device is portable so you can use it anywhere. In the HD60s+, you’ll able to record and stream in HDR and can get 4k 60 Fps Pass through. Pass through feature means while recording you can upto 4k 60 Fps HDR10 view(not recording). You can use the device in laptop and computer which should support USB 3.0 connectivity.
2. Elgato HD60 Pro
The recording settings is same as previous models 1080P 60 Fps. The additional feature that you’ll get hadware encoder (H.246) which enables to use your gpu power, and provide max/upto 60 Mbps bitrate. This device will connect in your pc in the PCIE slot only. Therefore, you can’t carry device along with you and it doesn’t work in laptop. The HDR10 and 4k 60 Fps pass throught feature also not available in this model of capture card.
3. AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus
This capture card can record 1080p 60Fps with 4k 60Fps pass-through. As device is portable which’ll be use in both laptop and computer.
4. Elgato 4k60+
This device can record or stream your gameplay at 4k60 fps and as well as 1080p 60Fps. You’ll get all features of HD60+ and Pro model with addition of 4k 60 Fps with max 200 Mbps bitrate. Device is portable and easy to carry with connectivity of USB 3.0, so it can be use in laptop as well.
Now you can choose above capture card as according to your requirements. Make sure you have 4k Tv/Monitor in order to get 4k60 Fps Recording footage from 4k capture device.
Produce enough quality content with the help of these capture cards, and start your own streaming or gaming channel.
All the best for your gaming journey and hope this article helped you.