Tech Review: Elgato HD60 S

I recently picked up an Elgato HD60 S Capture Card as I wanted to start expanding my content as well as potentially dabbling in the world of streaming again. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while now, and finally decided that now was the time to do so.

I picked mine up from my local Argos and currently the Elgato HD60 S ranges from £100 – £150 depending on which retailer you use. I went with this particular Elgato capture card as I wanted to be able to record footage from my Xbox 360 as well as current generation consoles.

Described as essentially plug and play, Elgato was right! Set up was incredibly easy, as was downloading the Game Capture software.

The first thing I did once everything was all set up is run a small test stream with my Nintendo Switch to see how easy it was to go live. Again, this was really simple and straight forward. I was surprised at how well everything looked on the stream as well. Although I didn’t explore much on the streaming side of things with the Elgato, it is something I’m going to look at more in the next few months.

After obtaining a slightly longer HDMI lead, I went ahead and connected my Xbox 360 to the HD60 S. I was a little weary as I didn’t know how the quality of the capture would be as I was trying out older games. The first game I tested out was The Sims 3 and to my surprise it looked amazing! The quality looked better than The Sims 3 on PC did, although that is a different story all together,

I tried out a few other games on the Xbox 360 and overall I was pleasantly surprised at how well they were capturing. My next test was to try playing an original Xbox game to see how well that captured. I decided to use The Urbz: Sims In The City as my test game, and again I was surprised at just how well it looks and how well it captured. There were no issues at all when capturing, only one small bit of lag due to the game itself.

Overall, I’m very happy with the Elgato HD60 S so far. It’s easy to set up and get going, captures every game I’ve tried out so far brilliantly, and I honestly don’t have anything negative to say about it. I’m definitely looking forward to capturing more games using the Elgato as well as having some fun and experimenting with streaming soon!

If you are looking at jumping into capturing content from your consoles or considering streaming, I would definitely recommend checking out Elgato’s products to find the perfect device for you.

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