Oct 17, 2016

Compare Elgato Game Capture HD60 S to other Elgato Gaming products

Elgato Game Capture HD60 S is similar to the other Elgato Gaming products in many ways, but it also has significant improvements.

 
USB 3.x


Elgato Game Capture HD60 S connects to your computer using a USB 3.x cable.  It uses USB 3.0.

Other Elgato Gaming products use either USB 2.0, or PCIe.

 
Instant Gameview


Elgato Game Capture HD60 S allows for Instant Gameview - an instant preview on the computer monitor to reflect what you see in game including your reactions on webcam and live commentary.

With Elgato Game Capture HD60 S, you can expect that absolute lowest delay between game and preview.

Elgato Game Capture HD and Elgato Game Capture HD60 do not have Instant Gameview.

 
Stream Copy vs. Master Copy


When streaming and recording at the same time, Elgato Game Capture HD60 S uses Stream Copy - both your stream and recording will share the same resolution, frame rate and bit rate.

Other Elgato Gaming products have a H.264 encoder chip, so they can use Master Copy - recording at one resolution while streaming using other settings.

 
How Video Is Encoded

 

Elgato Game Capture HD60 S does not have a built-in H.264 encoder chip. 

Instead, the fast USB 3.0 connection brings data to your computer, where it is processed, captured and streamed in very high quality H.264 video.

The use of USB 3.0, and the method of allowing the computer to process the video directly, allows Elgato Game Capture HD60 S to offer Instant Gameview.

Since Elgato Game Capture HD60 S relies on your computer to process the video, it has higher System Requirements than some other Elgato Gaming devices.

Other Elgato Gaming products do have a built-in H.264 encoder, including:

Elgato Game Capture HD
Elgato Game Capture HD60
Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro

However, that encoder varies in output, depending on the product.  One way that quality varies is the bit rate, measured in Mbps.

 
Product Comparison Chart


Here is a detailed comparison between Elgato Game Capture HD60 S and the other Elgato Gaming products.


 
 
 
 
  HD60 S HD60 GCHD
       
1080p Capture with 60 fps Yes Yes No
PlayStation 4, Xbox Input (HDMI) Yes Yes Yes
PS3 / Retro Gaming Input (A/V In) No No Yes
Unlimited Capture to your computer Yes Yes Yes
Flashback Recording Yes Yes Yes
Stream Command Yes Yes Yes
Instant Gameview Yes No No
       
Technical Specifications      
       
Interface USB 3.0 USB 2.0  USB 2.0
       
Input PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 & Wii U (unencrypted HDMI) PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 & Wii U (unencrypted HDMI) PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Xbox 360 (unencrypted HDMI), PlayStation 3 (A/V In)
       
Output HDMI (lag-free pass-through) HDMI (pass-through) HDMI (pass-through)
       
Supported Resolutions 1080p60, 1080p30, 1080i, 720p60, 720p30, 576p, 576i, 480p 1080p60, 1080p30, 1080i, 720p60, 720p30, 576p, 576i, 480p 1080p60 (simultaneous 60fps pass through and 30 fps capture), 1080p30, 1080i, 720p (60 or 30 fps capture), 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i.  240i via composite or S-Video.
       
Maximum Recording Bitrate 40 Mbps 40 Mbps 30 Mbps
       
Dimensions 112 x 75 x 19 mm / 4.4 x 3 x 0.75 in 112 x 75 x 19 mm / 4.4 x 3 x 0.75 in 73 x 24 x 109 mm / 2.9 x 1.0 x 4.3 in
       
Weight   106 g / 3.7 oz 142 g / 5 oz
       
System Requirements      
       
PC Windows 10, 4 GB RAM, built-in USB 3.x port Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (or later) 4 GB RAM, built-in USB 2.0 port Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (or later) 4 GB RAM, built-in USB 2.0 port
       
Mac Mac OS X 10.11 "El Capitan", 4 GB RAM, built-in USB 3.0 port OS X 10.9 (or later), 4 GB RAM, built-in USB 2.0 port OS X 10.9 (or later), 4 GB RAM, built-in USB 2.0 port
       
Processor 4nd generation Quad Core Intel Core i5 (i5 4xxx or comparable) 2nd generation Intel Core i5 (i5 2xxx or comparable) 2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo (or comparable)
       
Stream Command 4nd generation Quad Core Intel Core i5 (i5 4xxx or comparable) 2nd generation Intel Core i7 (i7 2xxx or comparable) 2nd generation Intel Core i7 (i7 2xxx or comparable)