E3 2013: Hauppauge still confident in future of external game recorders
Let’s Play videos and other recorded game highlights are a pretty integral piece of the gaming future. Both Microsoft and Sony have integrated game recording/sharing software into their next-gen consoles, but many companies are already out there creating game recording hardware. Some of those companies might be feeling the heat as the next-gen consoles come around the corner, but Hauppauge isn’t one of them. Ken Plotkin, CEO of game recording hardware company Hauppauge, feels that there will still be a place in the market for companies like his. When asked about how his company planned to handle the integrated recording features of next-gen consoles, he had this to say:
“It’s a little bit too early to tell what the capabilities are going to be of the Xbox One or the PS4, but we believe that serious gamers are still going to want an external game capture device. The quality that you get in a Hauppauge HD PVR is not what you’re going to get inside one of the consoles, especially if they’re going to be doing the recording with the CPU chip.”
Right now both amateur and hardcore gamers have to pick up external recording devices to get their exploits on the internet, but with the recently-announced integration of Twitch.tv streaming on the Xbox One the market is sure to shift a bit. Hauppauge plans to answer that with enhanced functionality for both its hardware and software. The HD-PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus is roughly 20 dollars more expensive than the original model, but allows for higher-quality audio recording with optical audio input and an AC3 decoder, as well as Mac-compatible software which the original Gaming Edition didn’t include.
One of the other benefits that external capture hardware has is its ability to record non-PS4/XB1 content. Hauppauge has an additional cable that can be plugged into the back of its Gaming Edition hardware to allow recording of retro systems like the PS2 and Nintendo 64, just in case you’re looking to take YouTube for a trip down Memory Lane. They’ve also recently updated their Hauppauge Capture software, redesigning the user interface and enhancing their StreamEez service.
As technology gets stronger in the future and consoles can integrate more features into their hardware, it’s going to come down to innovation on the part of individual companies to stay competitive in the market. “We believe that there’s still going to be a market for our standalone recorders, and we continue to invest in our hardware and software,” Plotkin said. “We’ve got a whole new generation of game recorders coming out soon…so we’re in this business for the long haul.” Though the console wars will rage on either way, Hauppauge and other companies like it are still fighting to make sure gamers get the tools they need to play and show off their skills to the world.
You can find our review of the HD-PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus here. Keep coming back to GotGame for more E3 gaming news.