Hauppauge HD PVR Gaming Edition Review

/ 4 years ago

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This week I’ve been taking a look at this simple little box of tricks, the HD PVR Gaming Edition from Hauppauge, a device that lets you capture video footage from your favourite games consoles and similar devices.

Hauppauge have been creating devices that bring TV to PC’s for about 20 years now, they are still the worldwide leader in developing and manufacturing TV tuner and broadcast receiver products for PC and have had much success of the years with their well established flagship product WinTV, so if anyone should know how to make a system that hooks an AV device into your PC, it should be Hauppauge.

“Record your Xbox 360 or PS3 game play in HD. Upload and share your best games online!”

“Record from your PS3 or Xbox 360 to make video recordings of your best game play. Upload your favorite games to YouTube in HD and share them with other gamers online! Or make a high definition movie of your game play to share with your friends or use it to discuss tactics with your clan members!”

“You can also play them back onto your PC screen, transfer them over your home network for playback on a PS3 or Xbox 360.”

There are quite a lot of options on offer for gamers to capture their latest kills, hottest laps and classic moments, a quick look on YouTube will turn up a seemingly limitless number of videos from Call of Duty, Halo and hundreds of others.  There are a lot of options available when it comes to what you can use for capturing your footage, and nearly something for every price range too, most of which look a lot less user friendly than the Hauppauge, which is one of the few on the market that comes in a set top box format.

Come and read the next few pages where I will be taking a closer look at what this HD-PVR has to offer.

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  • you can easily use this to record movies from Blu Ray discs… 😀

    • Peter Donnell (eTeknix)

      I’m not sure, that kind of thing would depend on the BR players capabilities and out puts I immagine.

  • mrtobytiger23

    Hi, very helpful review. Do you know whether the cables included with the device are usable with a Wii?

    • Peter Donnell

      It certainly is mate, it has a standard nintendo AV cable, so everything from snes, n64, wii and I’m betting even the Wii-U all use this same cable 🙂

      • mrtobytiger23

        Thank you very much, I think this is definitely the device for me then 😀

  • Jacob

    Great review! I have a few questions. Can you install the software on two PCs? Also, have you seen the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition? Is it better or worse? Seems like it’s only for PS3/X360 whereas the one you reviewed is other more platforms as well. What do you think?

    • Peter Donnell (eTeknix)

      The new one uses a HDMI input, I very much desire getting one for our game reviews, so much easier to setup with 1 hdmi cable.

      The one in this review uses component, so it does have better compatibility with nintendo and older consoles like the PS2, Xbox and well, any that support a component or standard AV cable lol.

      I have the software installed on 3 computers, no problem there. Its fairly basic software but does the job, I now capture with that then jump straight over to Adobe to edit video though as the software can be a little cumbersome for editing.

      • Jacob

        So you would recommend getting the new one? Is the only pro that it’s easier to set-up or does it have better fps, sound, and image quality? Also, do you predict that it will work with next-gen consoles? And finally, is the software easy to learn?

        Sorry for asking so many questions :p

        • Peter Donnell

          No problem mate, ask away 🙂

          Well the switch from a component to HDMI is a big difference in both the number of cables behind your TV and the ease of setup yes.

          Component has the adaptor from the console splitting to 5 cables, with a 5+5 cable running from the PVR to your TV for throughput While the new one just had HDMI in and HDMI out, much easier to manage.

          The new one also supports 1080p and given that it has full HDMI support I would full expect it to be future proof for a loooooong time.

          If you can get a good deal on the one in this review though, I’d say go for it, its a great little device but if you can afford it, I would choose HDMI over component all day long.

          • Jacob

            So the cables that comes with it will most likely work on future consoles as well? I’ve been browsing Swedish stores and the one you reviewed is pretty much at the same price as the Gaming 2 one. Lack of Wii and older console support sort of puts me off though :/ Difficult decision.

  • ForZZA

    Can i install the software (i mean, when i record the PVR gaming, can i get it directly to my mac?) because.. i have a MacBook… and a widows but my windows computer is getting old and i dont know if it can handle it