Elgato HD60 X review: The new best friend of the Xbox Series X game streamer | S

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Elgato offers a huge range of great gear for broadcasters and content creators, from capture cards to green screens and everything in between. Elgato tends to be on the cutting edge when it comes to capture technology, with previous iterations being among the first consumer-grade products to offer 4K recording, along with near-latency-free streaming. With the HD60 X, Elgato is once again at the forefront.

This new capture card is the first to feature full 4K HDR traversal at 60 fps or 1440p at 120 fps, complete with VRR. For Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S users, VRR is short for Variable Refresh Rates, which means compatible TVs provide a more seamless experience of syncing in-game frame rates directly to the screen.

Does she do everything she claims to do? We went to hands-on to find out.

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Elgato HD60 X

minimum: The HD60 X features a great new design that I hope future Elgato cards will use going forward. At an affordable price, the HD60 X has some limitations. You can’t set 4K and 120fps simultaneously, and the maximum capture is 1080p. However, for streamers who don’t want to give up VRR, this is a great option.

The good

  • The new design is cool, with ports on the back
  • HDR processing looks much better than previous versions
  • The VRR crossover is a great addition


  • It will not allow you to set 4K @ 120 FPS simultaneously on Xbox Series X.
  • No 4K capture or recording shown here

Elgato HD60 X: Price and availability

Elgato Hd60 X Review.

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The Elgato HD60 X is available to buy from Amazon and Elgato for €200 in the EU and £190 in the UK At the time of writing, the card is not available in the US and abroad. Once that’s done, we’ll update this section to let you know.

Elgato HD60 X: what is good

Elgato Hd60 X Review.

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The Elgato HD60 X is an interesting new option from Corsair, giving you a mix of new features ideal for a very specific subset of users and gaming scenarios.

Design-wise, the HD60 X underwent a slight revision from previous Elgato cards. This puts all the cables in the back, which is a much more intuitive design. Previously, cards were designed with one cable on one side and the other cable coming out the other, which made it difficult to set them up on a desk. This new design is much better, and we hope that their future products will use this design moving forward.

The HD60 X is built specifically around the passthrough for next-generation consoles, although there are some caveats (more on that in a minute). It can go through 4K 60fps and 1440p at 120fps with VRR (Variable Refresh Rates), the first external capture card of this type. Powered by a single USB-C connector, it delivers near-instant reproduction of game scenes on a connected PC using Elgato’s 4K Capture Utility, and works just as you’d expect.

Elgato Hd60 X Review.

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The previous capture card, the HD60 S+, created faded colors while taking advantage of HDR, but the colors and highlights of the HD60 X look much better. I didn’t have to tweak the settings for hours on end to produce a stream that could be viewed on this capture card, which ultimately saves you time.

I set up my HD60 X with my Xbox Series X, which can output 4K up to 120fps. Playing Overwatch at 1440p with VRR pass enabled works just as you’d expect, confirmed in my Samsung game mode and via my Xbox Series X display settings. Previously, I had to toggle my HD60 S+ to play VRR properly on TV my own, so the option to pass the VRR data through the capture card, again, saves time.

Of course, there are some notable limitations.

Elgato HD60 X: What is not good

Elgato Hd60 X Review.

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Elgato will likely have a chance to prove this card in the future with the implementation of HDMI 2.1, given that both the PS5 and Xbox Series X | S are already supporting it. There may be technical limitations behind this implementation, such as USB-C power consumption, or even price, but without HDMI 2.1 you can’t set your Xbox to 4K 120 FPS with VRR lane, which limits you to 4K 60 FPS or 1440p 120 FPS A maximum. There aren’t a lot of competitive games that specifically take advantage of the full 4K @ 120 FPS settings. Overwatch is one of the few Xbox Series X titles that specifically supports 1440p at 120fps, and it works great with VRR through this capture card.

While there aren’t many games (any?) that actually run at 4K at 120fps as of this writing, that may change as we age. Additionally, it’s a bit annoying to have to dig into the Xbox Series X settings every time you want to switch between 4K @ 60 and 1080p @ 120 FPS, since the capture card won’t allow you to run 4K and 120Hz at the same time due to the neck The bottle is HDMI 2.0.

Another caveat is that the HD60 X can’t record or stream gameplay in UHD either, which limits you to 1080p. In essence, this is a capture card that is likely to be made specifically for broadcasting competitive gameplay, for those who don’t want to sacrifice VRR for the sake of the franchise. I know I tend to stream at 1080p at most due to upload bandwidth limitations, but it’s a little disappointing that I won’t be able to use this card if I’m seeking to capture gameplay footage in maximum clarity for edited content for creation purposes. However, it’s a lot cheaper than some of Elgato’s 4K-optimized capture cards, which is basically a hint that this is primarily designed for potential streaming creators, rather than YouTube content creation.

Elgato HD60 X: Contest

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In fact, most of the best capture card competition around this one comes from Elgato itself. The most powerful external capture card that Elgato makes is the 4K60 S+, which not only allows you to capture in full 4K 60fps resolution, but also has an external record button and the option to capture directly to an SD card. This is incredibly convenient if you’re a content creator, but it’s probably overkill if you’re not.

They also produce a range of PCI-e capture cards designed for PC motherboards like the 4K60 Pro, but again geared more toward high-end hardware. For basic broadcasting and content creation purposes, the HD60, HD60 S+, and HD60 X are all great options. The HD60 S+ will give you 4K 60fps pass-through with 1080p60 recording over USB-C, perfect for basic content creation and streaming if you don’t mind missing out on a VRR pass. If you are Act You want VRR lanes, the HD60 X is your best bet, and it hits the max when recording and capturing 1080p 60fps. Elgato’s classic card, the HD60, also maxes out at 1080p 60fps but loses the VRR crossover. However, the cheapest option should be among those on a tight budget, although since it is no longer manufactured, you can get a good deal on eBay.

Elgato HD60 X: Should you buy it?

Elgato Hd60 X Review.

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Whether or not you should buy the HD60 X depends on your budget and needs. If you have a VRR-capable TV or monitor connected to your Xbox Series X | S, this might be an option worth considering. VRR makes games like Overwatch, Call of Duty, and Elden Ring play more smoothly if you don’t mind losing out on full 4K resolution in the process.

Part of me feels like I would recommend deferring buying this card because I know exactly what is likely to happen in the coming months. Elgato will undoubtedly release the HD60 X+ which will likely go through a 4K 120 VRR, making this card completely redundant. However, there aren’t really any games that take advantage of this capability on Xbox Series X or PS5 as of the time of writing. In addition, there is no limitation of the cost of this type of card. I feel 200 euros is a decent asking price for this particular card, which is geared towards streaming 1080p perhaps, via 4K content creation.

You should buy this if…

  • You’re streaming in 1080p and don’t want to sacrifice 120fps VR gameplay
  • Don’t feel like you need to capture or record 4K

You should not buy this if…

  • Your screen does not support VRR

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Obviously, if you don’t have a VRR-capable monitor, you’ll probably skip that in favor of the HD60 S+ for 4K displays or the HD60 for HD displays. For those who want to retain VRR capabilities and don’t mind the limitations, the HD60 X is a powerful and ideal choice for broadcast creators who have a FreeSync capable TV or monitor in their setup.

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Elgato HD60 X

minimum: While the maximum recording resolution of 1080p is limited, this is one of the few capture systems that offer full-featured passes.

Update: An old cable was preventing me from getting the correct bandwidth to fully access all of the HD60 X’s features, which led to some incorrect assumptions about its ability to pass through VRR@4K60 which are now corrected.

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