When it comes to gameplay streaming, there is only one brand and one piece of equipment that many will associate with the endeavour; Elgato and their range of gaming capture devices. It has come to a point that most people who want to start streaming video games, seem to think that success can only come if they use a particular brand or equipment. That is, of course, not the case.
Anyone can stream. If you have video games on a PC or console, all you need is the right software and you’re good to go. Granted, good equipment does make for better quality videos for your audience, who wouldn’t want to watch a Super Mario Maker 2 playthrough in the highest quality possible right? Not only that, there’s also the issue of latency, whether your inputs sync up with what’s on screen, and what you’re showing to your audience. The right tools can ensure a steady streaming experience for you and those watching.
So why Elgato? Why has it become synonymous with the act of streaming? Well for the most part, famous YouTubers and Twitch streamers will proudly show their audiences their set-ups, which will most definitely include an Elgato or two. Even Jack Black, famous comedian and musician, started his own gaming channel called Jablinski Games, and made a running joke on his inability to acquire an Elgato to actually start said channel.
Which begs the question, how does one acquire an Elgato? In Malaysia at least, there isn’t an official store, not even online. This will lead you to many third-party sellers, stores with various degrees of pricing, and buying online which has its own potential risks.
AVerMedia is a Taiwanese brand that specialises in-game capturing devices, with their specialty being the amount of variety they have for just about any sort of game streaming you would want to do. Whether you want to purely record footage, only do streaming, record with or without a PC, there is definitely an AVerMedia product out there for you. We’ll be taking a look at three of these products; perfect for beginners, experienced streamers, and one for the pros.
GC311 Live Gamer Mini
The first of these will be the GC311 Live Gamer Mini, one of the latest in the AVerMedia line. It offers Full HD 1080p 60 FPS video recording, Zero-lag uncompressed video straight on the PC monitor with no latency, as well as Plug-and-play functionality which allows you to just plug it into your PC and record and stream on the fly. It’s also small and portable, perfect for on-the-go streamers, as well as functionally simple for beginners. This model retails for MYR 699.
GC551 Live Gamer
The next one is meant for the more experienced streamers; that being the GC551 Live Gamer Extreme 2. It supports up to 4K 60 FPS recording, as well as ultra-low latency. This is recommended for high fidelity PC gaming, as well as streaming through the PS4, Xbox One, and even Nintendo Switch. The main draw of the GC551 is the customisable panel on the top of the device, perfect for a little bit of branding budding streamers would want to put on their devices. This model retails for MYR 999.
GC573 Live Gamer 4K
Lastly, we have the GC573 Live Gamer 4K, possibly one of the best that AVerMedia has to offer to their fans. This is definitely more suited for full-time PC gaming streamers, as this capture card plugs right into your PC and not just a pass-through device that utilises the HDMI cable. It captures 4K 60 FPS HDR footage, fully customisable recording utility for those who really know what quality of video they want to capture, as well as full on RGB lighting to match with your high-end PC. This model retails for MYR 1499.
Each and every model in AVerMedia’s line of game capturing devices utilise the company’s recording software, RECentral. The software is easy to use and set up, provided that your PC that is processing the footage is powerful enough to stream it onto the Internet.
Overall, if you’re looking to get into streaming, or are looking to improve your streaming quality, look no further than AVerMedia. It is an affordable and easy solution to streaming, and you won’t be disappointed with the results. Check out the rest of their products on their official website, and be sure to check out the device physically at Gamers Hideout, M4G, Impulse Gaming, and Heavyarm.