Elgato 4K 60 S+ is an External Capture Card that Doesn't Require a PC
The newly revealed Elgato 4K 60 S+ is one of the more versatile capture cards on the market. However, it comes at a steep price.
Capturing high-quality gameplay footage is about to get much easier. During CES today, the Elgato 4K 60 S+ external capture card was revealed, allowing you to record in 4K HDR at 60 fps from your PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Introducing 4K60 S+
For the first time ever:
✅ 4K60 HDR over USB 3.0
✅ 4K60 HDR recorded straight to SD card, PC-Free
Available Q1 2020.
— Elgato Gaming (@elgatogaming) January 6, 2020
While this isn’t the first time Elgato offered a card that records in 4K HDR at 60 fps (check out the Elgato 4K60 Pro), the 4K 60 S+ will not require a PC to begin recording. All you have to do is plug the standalone unit, insert an SD card, and hit record. This will allow you to get quality footage similar to the internal cards Elgato offers, but with the accessibility of the external cards, like the HD60 S+.
The upcoming capture card’s ease of use is certainly a game-changer, however, hooking up the 4K 60 S+ to a PC gives you a bit more options, mostly with live streaming. Along with the ability to live stream, you will also have access to Elgato’s recording and streaming software. This unlocks several features that wouldn’t be available if you just recorded footage directly to an SD card, including Live Commentary.
The Elgato 4K 60 S+ is set to release in Q1 2020 for $399.99. In terms of external capture cards, there are other options that don’t have a steep price, but don’t offer the same visual quality. In terms of Elgato’s offerings, the step below the newly announced capture card is the HD60 S+, which allows you to capture in 1080p at 60 fps. The other downside is you do need a PC in order to record footage or live stream.
Personally, I think it’s great Elgato has an option for an external capture card that produces high-quality gameplay footage. The $399.99 price tag is a bit steep for my liking, but at least the option is there. If the card does perform as intended, I could see this as a good investment for people who want to start creating content, but don’t want to deal with learning software like OBS or Streamlabs.