Want to record your gaming sessions? The Hauppauge HD PVR is just what you need
- Posted April 12th, 2012 at 18:48 EDT by Don Oliveira
- 10 Comments
You pop in your favorite shooter, whether it be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, or Battlefield 3. You’re locked in. You’re ready. You play a match online.
Headshot after headshot, frag after frag, you go above and beyond, decimating the other team. This is probably the best match you’ve had in a long time, and you wish that other people were sitting right next to you watching your skills translate to leaderboard domination. The sad part? No one was actually watching you play. Save for your online leaderboard or match history, no one will know just how hard you conquered. If only there was a way you could record your gaming sessions in beautiful, eye-popping HD…
But wait! You’ve heard of HD PVRs, right? They allow you to record audio/video straight from your console to your PC.
We recently looked into what PVR would suit us best based on performance and usability. We heard good things about the Hauppauge HD PVR Gaming Edition PVR, and some of us have even used the kit before (like to review Killzone 3) with success. The fine folks at Hauppauge sent us a kit to try out, and we did just that.
We’re happy to report that using the Hauppauge Gaming Edition PVR is as simple as can be. With Arcsoft Showbiz -- basic recording software for your PC -- packed in, there’s really no room for getting lost.
That’s actually what turned us on to the kit the most; how simple it was to use. Once you follow a simple step-by-step guide on how to connect your PVR kit to your console and PC, you simply install the Arcsoft application, and then you’re good to go.
We can go into deep detail about the built-in H.264 high definition encoder, the different options for audio inputs, and even how the recording datarates fare (which go up to 13.5Mbs), but that’s not what we’re about. We’re not trying to sell you on specs, just simply the fact that this PVR kit is simple to use, affordable, and highly functional.
Need more proof? Check out our recording of inFamous: Festival of Blood below. We were able to get this up and ready in less than 30 minutes.
So if you want to share your gaming sessions on YouTube or Facebook, create your own video reviews, or want to record for any other reason, make sure to check out the Hauppauge Gaming Edition PVR. The kit retails for $190 - $200, and can be found at most major retailers (Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, etc…) both in-stores and online.
Syphon_Filter | Syphon_Filter2
- 9:15pm EDT - April 12th, 2012
I knew about this HD PVR long time ago, but I haven't been able to get it due to my old stupid PC. In the next few weeks I will build a good PC and I will purchase HD PVR.
- 10:28pm EDT - April 12th, 2012
o a lot of people have interest in making videos? I wonder if PSU should have a video gallery one of these days...
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 1:10am EDT - April 13th, 2012
Cool, but have no reason to get it.
- 3:41am EDT - April 13th, 2012
You're able to turn off the video streaming on your PC now which makes it so even crappy PCs can use this to capture because it isn't rendering in real time.
- 12:18pm EDT - April 13th, 2012
heres no HDMI pass through? what a waste.
- 2:56pm EDT - April 13th, 2012
@6. I totally agree. I am yet to find a recorder that uses HDMI. What is this, the year 2000? EVERYBODY uses HDMI. It is ridiculous that companies still make devices like this without HDMI.
omr11a | OA1995
- 9:36am EDT - April 14th, 2012
Like said before, needs hdmi input before I would be remotly interested
- 12:50am EDT - April 15th, 2012
The video Baho posted was the first thing I ever saw in regards to this device months ago! From that alone I'm fairly frightened of this device not to mention the 200 dollar price tag. Rather than buy that I've been looking at:
I mean if it's not going to record with HDMI why bother spending that much?
Varsh | UK-Varsh
- 6:17pm EDT - April 15th, 2012
You don't need the Gaming Edition (which came out in 2011 by the way), the only difference between this and the other grey version (which I have) is that it comes with a PS3/X360 lead to connect to the Composite connections on the PVR.
For those wondering about HDMI, the reason it has never had it is simply because of HDCP, if that was included then this kit would cost you Â£500 rather than Â£140. Considering that Composite outputs 1080i anyway then you'll have no problems recording in full resolution.
Bit late to the party PSU, this PVR essentially has been around since 2008...
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