Tuesday, 30 December 2014

StarTech USB3HDCAP (XCAPTURE-1 Clone?)

StarTech released this capture device last month (obviously to facilitate newer consoles and YouTube's migration to 60 fps): http://www.startech.com/AV/Converters/Video/usb-3-0-video-capture-device-hdmi-dvi-vga~USB3HDCAP

It captures Composite, S-Video, Component, VGA, DVI and HDMI. Since it is USB3, it will support 1080p60. Based on the drivers having the same chipset as the XCAPTURE-1 (CY3014), we can assume this is a slightly remodeled version of that device. The only difference is that they decided not to include passthrough. This device turns out to be cheaper than the XCAPTURE-1 but I don't think it's cheap enough to warrant the removal of passthrough.

It's very strange actually. They specifically state in the PDF that you can buy a HDMI splitter to play laglessly. However, that only handles HDMI and leaves the other connections unaccounted for. I doubt the preview window will be lagless and even if it is, not many people want to play on the monitor the PC is attached to. They obviously had gamers in mind as they mention one of the features is streaming to Twitch. Very strange not to have increased the price slightly to throw in passthrough.

I feel like StarTech missed a huge opportunity here to grab hold of the video game capture market. They could have managed to take sales from Micomsoft and introduced local product support and easy returns. They just had to think about gamer's requirements being just more than 1080p60.