This generation is already in its fourth year and we’ve already seen major improvements on what we can expect when it comes to image quality. The jump from 720p to 900p/1080p felt like a huge step up only a few years ago and yet now we’re already at 4K. With it, though, comes certain limitations, and considering streaming and capturing your experiences have become so tied to the gaming culture, it only makes sense we have a more consumer ready device out there.
That’s what Elgato has to offer. After almost a year of teasing, Elgato has started to ship their Elgato Gaming 4K60 Pro capture card. This beauty is able to capture upwards of 4K (3840×2160) at 60 FPS, but you’ll need a beefy computer to do so. This card requires not only brand new software under the Elgato brand, but an Intel Core i7-6xxx / AMD Ryzen 7 CPU, and an Nvidia GTX 10xx / AMD Radeon RX Vega GPU.
“Elgato Gaming is dedicated to giving content creators the tools they need to succeed and stay ahead of the curve,” said Julian Fest, General Manager of Elgato Gaming. “4K60 Pro ushers in a new era of 4K viewership by giving the power to produce Ultra HD content to the public. Content creators are now able to surpass traditional broadcast media and give viewers the eye candy they crave.”
With this, you’ll be able to record upwards of 140Mbps, even though hosts such as YouTube will limit your bitrate quite a bit. If you don’t want to capture at 4K, or your computer isn’t able to handle it, the lower options range from 720p to 1440p. Also, being an internal capture card, the 4K60 Pro will require a PCI-e 4/8/16 slot to function, ensuring for the lowest amount of latency possible, and is only compatible on Windows 10 (64-bit) computers.
We have been testing it out for a few days now, so expect full impressions soon, but know they have been nothing short of impressive so far. Until then, the Elgato 4K60 Pro is available right now through Amazon, Gamestop and Elgato’s Store for $399.95 USD ($499.95 CAD).