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Elgato’s latest external capture card is the HD60 X. It costs $199.99, just like the HD60 S Plus before it, but has an updated design where the HDMI and USB ports are all placed on the back to avoid a mess of cables. to a minimum. It can capture up to 4K 30fps HDR. 1440p 60fps SDR or 1080p 60fps HDR, and continues up to 4K 60fps HDR, 1440p 120fps SDR or 1080p 240fps SDR. If high frame rates are your priority, it’s possible to capture up to 120 fps in 1080p by downsizing 1080p footage at 240 fps.

The HD60 X is also Elgato’s first capture card that can go through VRR (variable refresh rate) images, company spokesman Justin Ocbina confirmed. The edge, which helps keep your gameplay free of rips, lags, and stutters when your framerate is inconsistent on compatible hardware. It arrives as Sony prepares to finally roll out VRR support on the PS5. VRR is also already available on the Xbox Series X/S

On one side of the device are a pair of HDMI ports and a USB-C port.
Image: Elgato

Other improvements with the HD60 X include the ability to capture video with less latency than its predecessor, and better HDR to SDR tone mapping when you convert a signal to SDR for streaming on Twitch, YouTube, or other services.

While the HD60 X will sell for the same $200 price as the existing HD60 S Plus, Ocbina says the older model will not be discontinued, but the price will be lowered. Meanwhile, if you want to record at 60 fps in 4K, you’ll need to switch to the Elgato 4K S Plus or 4K60 Pro Mk 2, which are on sale at the time of writing for $310 and $226 on Amazon† The HD60 S and HD60 Pro are now discontinued.

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