Elgato HD60 X review | PCMag

It’s surprisingly easy to play games at 4K resolution and 60fps on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Capturing that action for Let’s Play videos or Twitch streams, on the other hand, is a bit more difficult. If you want to record 4K/60fps video on your game console, you need a desktop computer with a free PCIe card slot for a capture card, or you must be willing to pay around $400 for a USB external compatible 4K/60fps. capture device.

Elgato strikes an attractive compromise with its odd name HD60 X. It can capture 1080p video at 60 frames per second, as the name suggests. However, it can also capture 4K video at 30 frames per second. You have to choose between prioritizing resolution or frame rate, but it works equally well for both tasks. Just be aware that you’ll want to use third-party capture or streaming software, as Elgato’s own capture app ran into issues during testing.

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Elgato HD60X

(Photo: Will Greenwald)

A simple black box

The HD60 X looks more rectangular than the rounded-edged HD60 S+, but not as much as the 4K HD60 S+. It’s a matte black plastic rectangle measuring 2.8 x 4.4 x 0.7 inches (HWD), with pinched sides to give it a flat, hexagonal front silhouette. The front panel contains a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones or a microphone, and the rear panel has an HDMI input for the connected console, an HDMI output for your TV or monitor, and a USB-C port for connecting to your computer. An HDMI cable and a USB-A to USB-C cable are included in the box.


Stick with third-party software

Elgato has its own freeware 4K Capture Utility for Windows, but the HD60 X also works with any standard recording or streaming software that accepts input from a video capture device. This is a welcome flexibility, as Elgato’s software didn’t work well during testing. Whether hooked up to a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, the Elgato HD60 X captured video with eerie crackle-filled audio instead of console sound (which came through the TV just fine). We were concerned that the device was faulty or that we were using faulty cables, but the stream captured via OBS Studio came out with sound intact.

This isn’t a massive complaint, as typically the free built-in capture software of any capture device or webcam will be less functional than a full capture and streaming suite, such as OBS Studio, StreamLabs, or XSplit Broadcaster. Still, we were surprised that audio just didn’t work with Elgato’s app.


High resolution or high frame rate

The Elgato HD60 X captures video at 4K resolution (3840 by 2160) and 30 frames per second, as well as 1440p (2560 by 1440) or 1080p (1920 by 1080) at 60 frames per second. second. There are also lower resolution options. The capture device can output video to a connected TV or monitor at 4K/60fps, 1440p/120fps, or 1080p/240fps, with support for high dynamic range (HDR) and frame rate. picture variable (VRR).

To use the Elgato HD60 X, you need a PC with at least an AMD Ryzen 7 or 6th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, an AMD Radeon RX 480 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 10xx graphics processor, 4 GB of RAM and a USB 3.0 port. It only accepts unencrypted HDMI signals, so HDCP must be disabled on any console that uses it.

The captured images turned out exactly as expected. Using OBS Studio, we recorded gameplay from Elden Ring on the PS5 and gameplay from Halo Infinite on the Xbox Series X. In both cases, the 4K video at 30fps was crisp and consistent , while 1080p video at 60fps was noticeably smoother. If you want 4K/60fps, be prepared to spend at least twice as much on a USB device, or use a desktop computer with a free PCIe slot for a capture card.

Elgato HD60X

(Photo: Will Greenwald)

Unfortunately, the capture latency on a laptop screen was just a tad too high to accurately aim moving targets in Halo Infinite, or dodge effectively in Elden Ring. The transmission signal sent to the TV, on the other hand, didn’t seem to show any noticeable lag, and that’s what’s important; the stream captured by your computer will almost always have some sort of delay, even if it’s minimal.


The Elgato HD60 X does exactly what it’s supposed to do: capture 4K/30fps or 1080p/60fps video. It sends a lag-free, 4K/60fps, HDR-enhanced signal (with VRR support) to your TV, while capturing that same stream at a lower frame rate or resolution of your choice. We found Elgato’s capture software to be lacking, but the hardware worked perfectly in OBS Studio. For $200, the HD60 X is a compelling device that offers flexibility in what you want to record or stream, depending on whether the content is better suited for smooth action or fine detail.

If you want to record 4K/60fps video, you will have to spend more money. Elgato’s $399.99 4K60 S+ is supposed to capture images at this resolution and frame rate over a USB connection, while the $249.99 4K60 Pro Mk. 2 The PCIe card allows your PC to do this (if you have a tower and a free slot). However, we haven’t tested either device yet.

Advantages

  • Reliable 4K/30fps and 1080p/60fps game capture

  • Lag-free HDR video pass-through, 4K/60fps

  • Simple to use with third-party software

The essential

The Elgato HD60 X lets you capture 4K/30fps or 1080p/60fps video game footage, and it doesn’t require a desktop computer with a PCIe slot.

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