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Elgato HD60 X Amazing Review

Elgato HD60 X

With its curiously titled Elgato HD60 X achieves an acceptable compromise. Like its name suggests, it can capture 1080p video at 60 frames per second. It can, however, record 4K video at 30 frames per second. You must select between resolution and frame rate, although it is equally effective for both jobs. Just keep in mind that Elgato’s own capture programme had some issues during testing, so you’ll A Simple, Black Boxwant to utilise third-party capture or streaming software.

Elgato HD60 X Review

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X make it shockingly simple to play games in 4K quality at 60 frames per second. However, capturing that activity for Let’s Play movies or Twitch streams is more difficult. If you want to record 4K/60fps video on your game console, you’ll need either a desktop PC with a free PCIe card slot for a capture card or a $400 external USB capture device.

Elgato HD60 X Review

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Elgato HD60 X: A simple Black Box

The HD60 X has a more rectangular appearance than the round-edged HD60 S+, but it’s not nearly as stark as the 4K HD60 S+. It’s a matte black plastic rectangle with pinched edges that gives it a flat hexagonal front appearance, measuring 2.8 by 4.4 by 0.7 inches (HWD). A 3.5mm audio socket for a headset or microphone is located on the front panel, while the rear panel features an HDMI input for the connected console, an HDMI output for your TV or monitor, and a USB-C connector for connecting to your computer. The packaging includes an HDMI cable and a USB-A-to-USB-C cable.

Stick With Third-Party Software

Elgato HD60 X: Stick with Third-Party Software

The HD60 X works with any standard recording or streaming programme that accepts input from a video capture device, including Elgato’s own free 4K Capture Utility software for Windows. Elgato’s software didn’t operate well during testing, thus this flexibility is great.

The Elgato HD60 X caught video with weird crackles instead of the console’s sound, whether it was connected to a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Series X. (which passed through to the TV just fine). We were concerned that the gadget was malfunctioning or that we were using bad cords, but the stream recorded using OBS Studio was sound-free.

This isn’t a major criticism because any capture device or webcam’s free built-in capture software will be less useful than a comprehensive capture and streaming suite like OBS Studio, StreamLabs, or XSplit Broadcaster. Still, we were astonished when the Elgato app’s audio didn’t function.

High Resolution or High Frame Rate

The Elgato HD60 X can record video in 4K (3,840 by 2,160 pixels) at 30 frames per second, as well as 1440p (2,560 by 1,440 pixels) or 1080p (1,920 by 1,080 pixels) at 60 frames per second. Lower-resolution variants are also available. With support for high dynamic range (HDR) and variable frame rate, the capture device may send video to a connected TV or monitor at 4K/60fps, 1440p/120fps, or 1080p/240fps (VRR).

Elgato HD60 X: High Frame Rate

A PC with a 6th generation AMD Ryzen 7 or Intel Core i5 CPU, AMD Radeon RX 480 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 10xx GPU, 4GB RAM, and a USB 3.0 connection is required to utilise the Elgato HD60 X. HDCP must be deactivated on every console that implements it since it only takes unencrypted HDMI transmissions.

The clip was caught just as intended. We captured Elden Ring gameplay on the PS5 and Halo Infinite gameplay on the Xbox Series X using OBS Studio. 4K video at 30 frames per second was sharp and consistent in both circumstances, whereas 1080p footage at 60 frames per second appeared to be smoother. Prepare to pay at least twice as much on a USB device if you want 4K/60fps, or use a desktop PC with a free PCIe slot for a capture card.

Unfortunately, the capture latency on a laptop screen was just too severe to precisely aim at moving targets in Halo Infinite or dodge roll efficiently in Elden Ring. The pass-through signal to the TV, on the other hand, appeared to have no discernible lag, which is crucial because the feed collected by your computer will nearly always have some kind of delay, even if it’s little.

A Flexible Game Capture Tool

Elgato HD60 X: Flexible Game Capture Tool

The Elgato HD60 X accomplishes its goal of capturing 4K/30fps or 1080p/60fps footage. It provides a lag-free 4K/60fps HDR-enhanced output to your TV (with VRR compatibility), while capturing the same feed at a lower frame rate or resolution of your choice. Although we found Elgato’s own capture software to be lacking, the device performed well with OBS Studio.

The HD60 X is a fascinating gadget for $200 that allows you to record or stream whatever you want, depending on whether the content is better suited for fluid movement or fine detail.

You’ll need to invest extra money if you want to shoot 4K/60fps footage. Elgato’s $399.99 4K60 S+ USB capture card claims to capture footage at that quality and frame rate, while the $249.99 4K60 Pro Mk. 2 PCIe card claims to enable your PC to do so (if you have a tower and a free slot). However, neither gadget has been put to the test.

Final Verdict

The Elgato HD60 X captures video game footage in 4K/30fps or 1080p/60fps without requiring a desktop PC with a PCIe port.

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