We recently found ourselves in the market for a hardware based screen capture solution for iOS and that lead us down the path of researching a ton of cards. For our purposes we really wanted mobility, so we researched the portable market. As it turns out, there were only a handful of good options out there. We have reviewed what believe to be the only five portable video game capture cards that are currently on the market.
This would be the budget option for gamers. We fought between this and the Roxio Game Capture HD PRO, and the reason we settled on Diamond’s GC1000 for entry-level/value is because it has better software. The software Roxio has made is just horrible and outdated. That said, the Diamond is no gem. It has issues as well. What it is a great hardware for capturing nearly any input via pass through and USB. It can record at 1080p. It DOES NOT work for Mac users. The capture software is clunky, but at least functional. No HDMI cables included. If you are willing to put a little work in and you have a PC, this will be great because of it’s low cost. If you want better software with great features and higher quality hardware for another $50, read on.
This is an absolutely excellent option if you prefer Hauppauge’s software. No power brick required, and no computer required! You record directly to a USB thumb drive. There is no limit on what size thumb drive you get, so go big if you buy this. We highly, highly recommend you get the SanDisk Cruzer Fit 64GB as it is extremely small and reliable. You don’t want a long USB drive sticking out of the Rocket. It will get dislodged and you may risk losing recordings. So get this SanDisk if you want to buy the Rocket. The downsides of the Rocket are that it is expensive and you have to pay for a thumb drive if you don’t already have one, making it even more expensive. Otherwise this is an absolutely brilliant choice. Since you don’t need special software, there is less setup and pain. Just hook it up and start recording.
This is another expensive but great option for recording with out a PC. This time, instead of a USB drive, you are recording to an SD card. However, you also have the option to record via USB to PC. So it is more versatile than the PVR Rocket. As a nice bonus you also get a three month subscription to XSplit Broadcaster, which is amazing ly good software for streaming to services such as Twitch. Otherwise this is a relatively typical capture card with H264, 1080p, low latency pass-thru HDMI, and high compatibility with nearly all consoles. You can record audio via the 3.5mm plug and optionally put it in a separate file or include it in the final video file. Unfortunately this one is difficult to setup with the PS3 and the USB/HDMI cables it comes with are extremely short and you will probably need to buy new ones. We think, for the price, you can do better.