AverMedia announces Live Gamer HD live streaming card

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Admittedly we can't say that we're spending a lot of time watching gameplay videos online and even less so as a live stream, but there are plenty of people that do, least not semi-professional and professional gamers that want to keep an eye on the competition. However, live streaming games, especially if you're not on a PC isn't as easy as it should be, but AverMedia has announced a solution which should make it a lot easier called the Live Gamer HD.

Admittedly we can't say that we're spending a lot of time watching gameplay videos online and even less so as a live stream, but there are plenty of people that do, least not semi-professional and professional gamers that want to keep an eye on the competition. However, live streaming games, especially if you're not on a PC isn't as easy as it should be, but AverMedia has announced a solution which should make it a lot easier called the Live Gamer HD.

PC gamers haven't had too much of a problem getting live streams or recordings of their gameplay online, although one downside has been CPU and hard drive usage which could result in unwanted lag when using software video recorders/encoders. Recently a few solutions have appeared, like AverMedia's own Game Capture HD and Game Broadcaster HD, the first being an external hard drive recorder and the other being a PCI Express card. What the new Live Gamer HD improves upon here is the ability to pass through the video signal, enabling you to play games on your TV rather than on your computer screen.

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The Live Gamer HD also features a built in H.264 hardware encoder that can record your games at resolutions of up to 1080p30, although the pass-through signal is 1080p60, so the card shouldn't introduce any kind of lag or image quality reduction. Another benefit of the Live Gamer HD over the Game Broadcaster HD is the option to connect it up to your sound card so you can record other audio than what is coming over the HDMI interface, something that could come in handy for those using teamspeak etc.

AverMedia also supplies its own software called RECentral with the card which allows for live streaming to TwitchTV which is a site dedicated to live streaming games. To make starting and stopping the recording/live stream easier, AverMedia also supplies a rather over the top button that connects over USB to your PC. It's an interesting product, although it still requires that console gamers have a desktop PC handy, but at least thanks to the hardware video encoder, PC gamers shouldn't be seeing any CPU usage spikes and compressed video won't cause hard drives to slow down thanks to the smaller amount of data being written.

Sadly we don't know how much the Live Gamer HD is going to cost, but we'd hazard a guess that it'll be more than the Game Broadcaster HD which is retailing for around US$160 (S$200). The Live Gamer HD is expected to hit retail sometime in the next quarter and we suggest you check out the video below for some additional details.

Source: AverMedia

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