Do you dream of making your own gaming videos, or becoming a streamer? One of the first steps is to pick yourself up the right game capture card. Connecting directly to your PS4, Xbox One, Switch, or PC, they allow you to easily record footage, either to save for later to edit into a video, or to stream live to your adoring fans.
For our money, Elgato's units are a great choice. Below, we've rounded up the best Elgato game capture cards available, so you can make the right choice for your needs. Whatever your budget, and whatever level of quality you're hoping to record in, we've got a card for you in our guide.
And with Black Friday coming up, it could be a great time to get one. Play your cards (ahem) right in the sale, and you could snap up an Elgato for a knock-down price. Here on GR we'll be tracking down all the best Black Friday game deals, including any Elgato cards being discounted, so stick with us and we'll see you right.
Looking for a capture card that isn't an Elgato? Check out our more general guide to the best capture devices available in 2018.
Elgato Game Capture HD60 S – Best Prices
Ideal for anyone looking to start sharing gameplay online as quickly as possible, the HD60 S improves upon its predecessor by allowing for instant streaming. This means that in addition to basic recording and uploading, all you budding content creators out there can get up and running on Twitch or YouTube in no time. Thanks to the HD60 S’s solid USB 3.0 connection Elgato’s Instant Gameview feature can be fully utilised. Content is still captured in striking 1080p60, recording your moments while simultaneously letting you customise your stream to viewers on the fly.
Elgato Game Capture HD60 – Best Prices
The perfect entry-level capture card for budding Youtubers just starting out, the HD60 allows players to capture and record footage at 1080p 60fps – the bread and butter of game visuals. It’s extremely easy to set up, simply plugging in between your PS4/Xbox One/PC/Mac and the TV via a USB 2.0 connection. Following that, multi-track recording is a breeze. Gameplay, audio, webcam, and overlays are all captured separately, letting you tweak away using Elgato’s bespoke editing software. The HD60 looks great, is reliable, and features a H.264 encoder so your processor never needs to withstand a heavy load. With the HD60, recording gameplay is easier than ever before.
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Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro – Best Prices
Serious about streaming? The Elgato HD60 Pro has been specifically designed with you in mind, allowing for the capture and broadcast of game details that would otherwise be missed like textures, tones, shadows, and lens flares. Despite this, HD60 Pro is still compatible with PS4 and Xbox One in addition to Mac and PC as expected. It provides all the functions of the HD60 S (including 1080p60), also depositing a master copy of the stream that’s resolution can be bumped up further for a future YouTube upload. Gameplay is captured at a higher bitrate of up to 60Mbps with the file size staying small.
Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro – Best Prices
Compatible exclusively for those gaming on a high-end PC, the Elgato 4K60 Pro is all about capturing gameplay at the highest resolution and frame rates possible. As you can imagine, streaming games at 4K quality can only work on an elite PC setup running ultra-spec hardware so we’d recommend an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series and an Intel Core i7 CPU or better to avoid any latency. You’ll also need a fair amount of HDD space on your drive to capture every detail. However, when fully set up rest assured you’ll never skip a frame.
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