Since the launch of the current-gen consoles, Twitch.tv apps have appeared on both the PS4 and XBOX ONE with a resounding success. Gamers all over the world have been using it to stream themselves online playing games like Destiny, inFamous: Second Son and Titanfall, showing off all their best moves. Some gamers literally just stream the game, others allow people to hear their mics in multiplayer chat to help add a bit of humour to their shows, and others use it for helping to show off useful tips in certain games that people may have missed themselves. However, Nintendo didn’t jump on board like the other two manufacturers. The response from Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime as to why that was is a simple one which I tend to agree with; “We don’t think streaming 30 minutes of gameplay by itself is a lot of fun.” For me truer words have never been spoken, I can only imagine how bored I’d get sitting there just watching someone play a game when I could be doing the same god damn thing myself, it’s just mind boggling. I can’t judge those who stream though, if they enjoy it and can make some kind of income or sponsorship for free goodies why should I criticise them. I’m not one to criticise those who watch the streams either, I admit there are definitely more entertaining things they could be doing but it’s a case of each to their own like the way people support different football clubs. All supporters love football but we don’t all love the same teams, streaming works the same way in that we all love gaming but we just appreciate it in different ways by playing the game or watching someone else. If I’m being honest as well it’s not something I’ve not really done before or ever thought about doing; I mean half the conversations I have over the mic would probably be deemed to be of an offensive nature and get me reported (if not arrested), but that’s just the kind of sick sense of humour me and my friends have. With the features there on both my current-gen consoles though the idea had popped into the back of my mind to start streaming my awesomeness, but it wasn’t until I received my Roxio Game Capture HD Pro device that I started to actually utilise this new found ability. Firstly, I wanted to find out what the difference was streaming straight from the PS4 and from this little gadget, I needed to know if there were any extra benefits of paying for a device that did what my console could do for free. Well instantaneously the first difference popped up, I had to install some Roxio video editing software on my laptop, and then immediately install an update to allow me to record footage from my PS4. The set-up was simple enough; it gave instructions for PC, PS3 and the XBOX 360 but nothing for the PS4. Now I knew I had to update the software because when ordering a sample for review from Roxio they had made me aware and if you go on their site it does inform you of it as well. But in case you aren’t one for actually looking up information, once installed the software will detect you need an update and install it for you, you’d just be left guessing what settings to configure to allow your PS4 to stream through the Roxio device. Now for the PS4 to use its own share features, you literally just have to press the share button and it will ask if you’d like to upload a screenshot or video (which you can then trim before you upload) or stream footage which you’ll just need to log into your twitch.tv account for. Now if you want to do this with the Roxio device it gets a bit more complicated as you have open up the software and hook up your video and audio cables into the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro. The different cables will obviously depend on what system you record on, for the PS4 it’s as simple as plugging in a HDMI cable, but whatever it is you use you’ll need to go out and buy a second of those cables as an output from the capture device to your monitor or TV. This is instantly a pain in the backside and shows the benefits of just using the apps on current-gen consoles, because if you don’t have a spare cable to hook up to your TV that’s more cash you have to go out and spend. If that wasn’t making the Roxio gadget look bad enough, when it comes to PC we have a similar issue as the capture device is not required. It is much simpler to just grab some software that records straight from your graphics card to be able to save video footage or stream it online. The only time it is really needed is for those who decided to stick with previous-gen consoles due to the fact developers will still be making games until next year. That’s not to say though that Roxio have made a useless device. As stated before you start you have to install software, something you cannot do on the PS4. This allows you to do more than just trim your videos; it gives you the tools to do things like edit video footage so you can make compilations adding little features and music in the background. It also allows you to change settings such as the quality of the recording something that you will not be able to do on the PS4’s streaming feature. This allows for better quality streams to be seen by your viewers and gives you a bit more freedom with all the different settings you can change to customise your experience. One way the Roxio does outperform the PS4 features though is that it can auto-capture an hour of footage, whereas the PS4 only manages to grab the last 30 minutes of your gameplay. You can also use the Roxio device to flag up your best moments so if you want to mark your best moments in a bit of P2P for Destiny to make a compilation it is easily done. Then you can quickly trim the footage to pick out the areas you need and use the editing software to make professional looking videos to share with friends on social networking sites. The PS4 has nowhere near these kind of customisation options available making it more suitable just for those who are starting off their ‘professional gaming careers’ compared to those who have been doing this for quite some time and would prefer something like the capture device to add that professional edge to their recordings. The device doesn’t really look like anything special though; it does look good in the packaging, but once removed I realised how light weight it was and the plastic casing felt quite cheap and as if it’d break as easy as an iPhone 6 Plus bends in your pocket. There is a nice light on it which signals when you are connected but you’ll know it is working when the picture comes on your TV anyway. The other issue is that on either side of the device you have a minimum of 6 different ports because of the RGB cables some people use on their older consoles. Now that’s a lot of wires to have to plug in and have lying about the place. Its rival Elgato has designed their capture devices a little better as they come with one port for RGB to be plugged into thanks to an accessory that allows all the RGB cables to be connected together and come through one cable rather than having five ports stuck on the side of the device either side. With a little tidying up and maybe some extra accessories the design could be greatly improved by Roxio. Hell, even throw in a free HDMI cable because there will be people out there who don’t have a spare, and people always respond well to free goodies. So really if you’re getting this to record your PC or PS4 gaming sessions you are just paying for the editing software because you can already record and stream without having the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro. If you’re getting it for your PS3 or XBOX 360 then yeah it will probably come in handy to record and stream video footage. It is a nice device and it is easy to install and use; I’m by no means a great video editor or a world famous gamer but even I managed to put together an ok looking video which you can see below and I hope it shows off my talents well. One thing is for sure, now that I have it I will probably use it a bit more especially for showing off clips of games that I review. I may even begin streaming footage of games because who knows, maybe someone from an eSports team will spot me and soon I’ll be playing in World Championships for massive pay packets. A man can dream can’t he?
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