Happauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Quick Impressions

by Tristan Belgrave. 0 Comments

Ever since Twitch TV came on the scene, many gamers have been putting up their gaming content online. Some use an internal computer capture card to get their content out there to the masses. However, a new revision to a popular portable recording device was released not too long ago and I got some great impressions for it.

First off, the Happauge HD PVR 2 (as it is known in the Fighting Game Community) comes with the recording device, multiple HDMI cables, component cables, USB cables and software for installing the drivers and software.

Just connect the device to the computer and start installing the drivers and software. It only took me about 15 minutes or so as the installation process updates and upgrades the software and firmware of the device: ensuring that everything is up to optimal quality.

Using the software is a cinch. After everything is updated, just plug in the Happauge, connect the appropriate cables, power it on, start the ArcSoft Showbiz software and you can see your TV content on your computer. The Showbiz software is what you will be using for capturing gameplay video.

During my test, I recorded some Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike matches in 1080P resolution on my XBOX 360 and the results came out great. The content was played back at 30 frames per second with .H264 encoding which ensured Blu-Ray like quality. At times, the playback from the recordings was a little jittery but that was the result of my computer not exactly being the optimal ideal machine for recordings. Any modern PC can most definitely handle the Happauge recordings functions.

In addition, the Happauge Personal Logo software is included in the package if you want to add some flair to your recordings.

Add the fact that you can use XSplit (software normally utilized for streaming) and the compatibilty for it, the Happauge HD PVR 2 is one of the very few ideal devices used by professionals and amateurs alike for capturing those exciting moments in gaming.

Pros

New version now allows one to use HDMI passthrough for capturing content. Software and firmware is usually up to date and now, you can now capture PS3 content up to 1080P via component cables through an update. Device is compatible with XSplit; software that allows a person to use a recording device to broadcast streaming content online. Software has options for editing videos recorded by the device, applying personal logos to videos and more.

Cons

If your TV and computer are in different rooms, then using the device could be an issue since both will need to be near one another.

Score: 9.0/10.0

MSRP: $149.99 Requirements: Either a PS3 or XBOX 360 and a decent desktop or laptop.

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