Works With: Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii
Where to buy: http://www.avermedia-usa.com/AVerTV/estore/estore.html
Why in the world would anyone want to record themselves playing a video game? Sounds like some weird, nerdy narcissistic complex right? Don't be so quick to judge. With sites like the wildly popular TwitchTV, recording and streaming gaming sessions have become quite popular. Think of how many times you've watched someone play round after round of Street Fighter. It's almost like watching a sporting event only in this case animated characters are doing the competing.
Capturing your games used to be a laborious task as you'd have to run a connection from your console to a computer with a tossed salad of cables and adapters. These days, hardware companies are making it way easier to capture gameplay with devices like AVerMedia's Game Capture HD.
The Game Capture HD provides simple, user friendly features that will have gamers of all levels recording their boss battles like pro streamers. Right out of the box, we were able to set up the Game Capture unit and barely had to look at the manual. Usually with devices like this, there's a cable missing that you'd have to run out an buy (HDMI comes to mind first) but in this case, we had everything thing we needed in-package to get rolling.
Instead of a bunch of separate cables, AVerMedia included an all-in-one connection that has ends to fit all of the major consoles. Whether you have an Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii you're covered. PC gamers are out of luck on this one but you guys have enough options already. Be aware though, if you have a bunch of consoles, don't make the mistake of attaching all of them to the Game Capture HD at the same time. It won't work and you may wind up damaging it.
For storage, you have two options; you can either use an internal 2.5" hardrive or attach an external to the front of the device via USB 2.0. Installing an internal drive was a breeze; it was all just matching up the ports and clicking everything into place. Using an external drive is as straight forward as it sounds. Although the manual says that the Game Capture HD will recognize drives formatted in both FAT32 and NTFS, we opted to format the disk in whatever the default is for the device.