Elgato’s new HDMI 2.1 capture cards are finally here for Xbox Series X and PS5 streaming

Elgato is finally ready to launch its HDMI 2.1 cards and on February 1, or 1/2, no less. After months of teasers, there are now two options for gamers looking to capture footage from the latest Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles at higher frame rates and resolution. The $229.99 4K If you have a full PC setup or are more interested in dual-PC streaming, Elgato is also launching its $279.99 4K Pro, which supports 8K/60fps HDR passthrough, while capturing at 4K/60fps HDR.

The 4K Elgato includes 10Gbps USB-C and HDMI 2.1 cables in the box, and both are helpfully labeled too.

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4K That’s ideal for both Xbox Series You can even still record in 4K at 30Hz HDR or 1440p at 60Hz HDR if you want to capture HDR too.

If you’re a PC gamer, the 4K All tone mapping is done on-device to translate the range of HDR content into the narrower range of SDR. Elgato’s 4K

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PC makers and streamers with dual PC setups are more likely to opt for Elgato’s 4K Pro, the successor to the popular 4K60 Pro MK.2. It looks identical and more like an MK.3 and fits into a PCIe 2.0 x4 (or faster) slot on a motherboard. Elgato also bundles an HDMI 2.1 cable in the box.

You can input and use passthrough up to 8K resolution at 60 Hz HDR, including 4K at 144 Hz HDR, 4K at 240 Hz SDR, 1440p at 240 Hz HDR, and 1080p at 240 Hz HDR. All of these inputs also support VRR, while you can capture in 4K at 60Hz HDR, 1440p at 144Hz or 1080p at 240Hz.

If you’re recording from an Xbox Series That’s something AverMedia’s Live Gamer 4K 2.1 isn’t capable of. If you look at the latest 4K OLED 240Hz monitors, you can play at 4K resolution with 240Hz and HDR enabled, while capturing in 1080p at 240Hz HDR. You can also play in 1080p 240Hz HDR and record in the same format.

Unfortunately, there is no support for 4K at 120Hz capture on the 4K Pro PCIe card. While Elgato’s USB can capture 4K This means that 4K at 144Hz is not supported here either, unlike the USB 4K X. The PCIe card is really the better option if you want to capture various formats in HDR.

I’ve been testing the 4K Pro for basic recording purposes on Xbox Series S/X consoles over the past few days. I previously used Elgato’s 4K60 Pro MK.2 for capturing Xbox footage and Microsoft’s various Xbox dashboard updates. The 4K Pro isn’t a huge leap forward just for recording purposes, but the fact that I can play in 4K 60Hz in HDR and capture in 4K 60Hz with HDR is a big deal. The USB 4K

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Having 120Hz support is also very useful when using passthrough to my monitor, so that I don’t lose any of the latest Xbox Series

I use Elgato’s 4K Capture Utility to record footage, in addition to OBS. One small change I noticed is that Elgato updated the no-signal splash screen to look a little more modern, a small change you often see in a pop-up when you’re streaming and switching resolutions or between HDR and non-HDR content.

Elgato says it’s still verifying ultrawide (21:9) resolutions on both the 4K X and 4K Pro. They will be supported, but Elgato is still working on full support. Elgato is also exploring the possibility of adding 5.1 surround sound passthrough and capture support. YouTube supports 5.1 audio, so this will definitely be useful for anyone streaming on Google’s platform.

4K X and 4K Pro also get ALLM passthrough support. This allows TVs to automatically enter a gaming mode with the best latency and picture settings and will have no effect on the footage you capture from either device. Both cards work with Elgato’s 4K Capture Utility, which includes flashback recording to retroactively rewind and capture clips. Of course, you can also use third-party apps like OBS Studio for capturing or streaming.

Elgato’s new HDMI 2.1 capture cards are available today, with the 4K

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