Best Capture Cards Android Central 2021
When gaming is your passion, you want to share that with the world. Getting the right capture card for your setup is very important, especially if you are streaming from a console. We have been using capture cards for ages, and have tried all the best ones so we can give you good recommendations.
- Best overall: Elgato HD60s
- PC free: AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus
- Low latency 4K: Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro MK.2
- The other inputs: DIGITNOW! HD Game Capture
- Teeny tiny 1080: AVerMedia Live Gamer Mini
- Sharp name, sharp image: Razer Ripsaw
- RGB 4K streaming: AVerMedia Live Gamer 4K
Best overall: Elgato HD60sStaff Pick
The HD60s from Elgato is my capture device, and I can't recommend it enough. Whatever device you are streaming from it will give you perfect 1080p at 60 frames per second (FPS). It's small too, not much bigger than a battery pack for a phone, which makes traveling with it easy, as well as keeping it concealed when on stream.
PC free: AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus
Portability is the name of the game with this device from AVerMedia. While it doesn't record in 4K, it does allow for 4K passthrough so you can still play at full resolution. The most helpful addition is the micro-SD card that will enable you to record without a PC, then transfer later.
Low latency 4K: Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro MK.2
When it comes to recording full 4K videos, you can't get much better than the 4K60 mk2. You will need a full gaming PC to fit the card in, but both the software and the card will work together to give you a fantastic experience. You can even capture gameplay that happened before you started streaming with the flashback function.
The other inputs: DIGITNOW! HD Game CaptureRetro gaming
Maybe you are a retro gamer, or want to record your VHS tapes onto digital? If so, the DIGITNOW! HD capture is perfect. It has inputs for HDMI, YPbPr, and CVBS so that you can attach your Nintendo 64 or PlayStation 2 and stream in 1080p at 30 FPS. It's a lot of fun to play classic consoles on Twitch.
Teeny tiny 1080: AVerMedia Live Gamer Mini
Like the HD60s, the Live Gamer Mini is a compact capture device that is easy to carry around. Its simple design bleeds through into its use, as the mini is fully plug-and-play; just plug it in and load up your favorite streaming software. It's ready whenever you are.
Sharp name, sharp image: Razer Ripsaw
The Razer Ripsaw is an affordable all-in-one solution for video capture. It features a built-in mixing system so you can easily record your gameplay sound and your voice audio without the need to connect to a separate device. The 1080p, 60FPS, is paired with a 4K playthrough for the best experience possible.
RGB 4K streaming: AVerMedia Live Gamer 4K
The AVerMedia Live Gamer 4K is impressive. Not only does it capture 4K, 60 FPS, but it can also capture 1080p at a whopping 240FPS. Your content will look beautiful whatever resolution you decide. An RGB color changer built in your Live Gamer card will look awesome in your gaming PC too.
Capture your passion
Gameplay streaming is now one of the most-watched pastimes online, with over 15 million people watching Twitch daily. Everyone has the chance to be a part of the action too. With just a little hardware and some confidence, you can stream your adventures too as many people as will watch.
The Elgato HD60s is the perfect blend of low cost, simple use, and excellent quality to get you started on your streaming journey. I use mine most days, sometimes to record footage, other times to stream. I've used it to record almost every console imaginable. If you are starting out, this is the capture card for you.
For those of you have moved on to the next level, with tons of people watching your streams you may want to look at the AVerMedia Live Gamer 4K. It's perfect for recording high quality, 4K footage from your PC, Xbox One X, or PlayStation 4. The Live Gamer even comes with a fun RGB glow, for those who have a clear case in their gaming PC.
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