Price (RRP): $269
The Elgato HD60 S is a clever little black box that can capture what is happening, right here, right now, right on your monitor. The name Elgato is well known to gamers – especially to prove ‘they beat the machine’.
Review: Elgato HD60 S
There once was a time where you’d patiently wait in a games arcade and watch as somebody else played before it was your turn. These moments could be tense and triumphant but were mostly a barrier between you and where you wanted to be.
Today it is all about gameplay on a PC, Mac, console, mobile or the cloud. It is amusing that we now live in a time where people actively seek out this experience online. They watch everyday people play and commentate on games. It might sound absurd, but some popular streamers earn six figures a month. Streaming your gameplay could be very lucrative.
What is the Elgato HD60 S?
The Elgato HD60 S is an entry-level video capture ‘box’ which can capture gameplay video and almost anything on your screen at up to [email protected] (frames per second).
To be clear, it digitally captures whatever you see on the screen – and your PC/Mac then encodes/renders the final edited footage this into H.264/5 or VP8/9 formats. It has no built-in encoding.
Physically the HD60 S is a small, rounded-edge rectangle that weighs about 100g – about the size of a wallet. It is made from sturdy matte plastic, striking a nice balance between a premium finish and durability.
It comes bundled with Elgato’s free Game Capture HD companion software and provides everything you need to get set up and streaming in minutes.
We call it an entry-level simply because it is limited to [email protected] capture over USB-C. If you want to capture higher resolution then 4K60Pro model fits inside a desktop PC with a PCIe x4 lane expansion slot and is capable of 140Mbps.
To get techy, you plug an HDMI cable from a PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android or iPhone smartphone (if they support video-out and are not HDCP copy-protected) into the Elgato HDMI-IN port.
You then plug an HDMI cable into its HDMI-out port and to the monitor so you can see what is happening (video and audio passthrough).
Then you plug in the USB-C 3.0 cable to the PC or Mac with Elgato’s video capture software. The USB-C provides power as well as data capture at up to 40Mbps. That is it!
Along the top is a discreet light strip – a simple visual indicator. When the strip shows white, it is connected. When it is red, it is recording or streaming.
There is also a 3.5mm audio jack to hear any sound in the video stream.