Over at The Support Role Discord group – which you should totally join by the way – someone came in and asked for help setting up their capture card for gaming. Without seeing what they were working with, I was able to talk them through the process of getting everything going. At the end, they took a picture of the results. On the shelf was a laptop with OBS on, capturing Fortnite. On the TV was the same OBS feed.
“Wait, why does your TV and laptop have the same video feed?” I asked.
From there, we ultimately deduced that for the purposes of gaming, the capture card they had purchased wasn’t going to work at all for their needs. Bummer.
This is a cautionary tale.
Game capture cards such as the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S can be quite the investment. If you plan on going with a high-end solution that supports 4K, you’re looking at a bill in the hundreds. At the highest end, you could be looking at a solution that’s north of $1,000. Meanwhile, there are devices like the one pictured below that claim to do the same thing for a fraction of the price of a brand name capture card.