One of the most common questions I got as a gaming associate at retail was for capture cards, enabling gamers to record footage right from their consoles to upload and share with friends (or, y’know, start gaming web sites). Decent solutions usually cost in the neighborhood of $300 and a PCI-Express slot in your computer, but today Roxio unveiled the $100 Game Capture Kit that will allow you to capture footage on the cheap. There’s a catch, though…
Roxio’s Game Capture Kit, as you see above, only features component connections and must be passed-through to the TV. This means that while recording, you can’t utilize your HDMI connections. Also, the equipment only records at 480p from the USB connection, meaning you’re not going to be getting the ultra-crisp quality that the aforementioned recording solutions offered. The affair is really little more than a re-branded Dazzle solution – a common utility used by people to move their old VHS videos and cassette recordings to digital formats. (The company is also offering a software-based PC game recording solution that really amounts to a super-expensive version of FRAPS.)
This standard-definition limitation might be off-putting to many trying to get high-quality footage from their console games, but at the price and convenient hookup, it might also be more than enough.