Acid Reviews AVerMedia Game Broadcaster HD
|Writer Acid at 2012-06-26 at 7:38 PM||1|
In this day and age Esports is recognised as major community across the globe, with millions of people playing online daily. Whether it be playing with friends online and having some fun, to playing in daily tournaments, there is always something going on in someone’s agenda.
One of the main reasons this has been made possible is due to the media influence involved, and especially social media aspects which are ever so popular in everyone’s daily lives these days. Over the past 6 months Esports has had a huge impact with Live Streaming, and how it’s become such a popular way to interact with fans and friends. Whether it’s from Professional players, or people streaming socially, there is always a Live Stream you can watch at some point of the day.
My Personal Experience
For the past few months streaming has become a key part to my daily activities. Many of you know me for being a manager of Team Infused, and also a personal team manager for Prophecy. When I’m streaming, 9 out of 10 times it will be streaming the Prophecy MW3 squad, whether they are practising or playing in a tournament match. I’m very fortunate that I live in a part of the UK that has internet speeds which allow me to stream in HD, and also a powerful PC to maintain this. I first started streaming with a BlackMagic Intensity Shuttle, which to me at the time was great. The nice 720p quality stream mean’t viewers were happy watching, and I could provide clean, crisp content for all.
Then I came across the AVerMedia Game Broadcaster HD, and this is where the real enjoyment and satisfaction happened. It’s been known for a while that 720p was the best quality for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 possible, but this was about to change. With the AVerMedia Game Broadcaster HD I am now able to produce full HD 1080p stream quality, which for viewers watching a high speed FPS game, it couldn’t be anymore perfect. Many viewers have commented on the fact that it’s the best quality they have seen from a live stream, and even some of the staff from TwitchTV were thrilled about the quality of the stream.
Design & Installing
The AVerMedia Game Broadcaster HD came well presented in a sleek box, and I could already tell this was no standard streaming device. To me presentation and design shows a lot about a company and the quality of products they will produce, and I was not let down here. The card was slim and well designed to slot in a PC-I slot very nicely and not get in the way of anything else inside my PC case. This took no longer than a minute to slot in and secure the card so it was ready to go.
From here thing’s were made easy as it was just a case of connecting the HDMI lead from my Xbox 360 console to the HDMI IN slot on a HDMI splitter (purchase separately). Then you plug a HDMI cable from one HDMI OUT slot to the AVerMedia Game Broadcaster HD in the back of your PC, and the second one in to your Monitor/TV. The last connection is a Red/White Audio Cable from the back of your Xbox 360 console to a 3.5mm Microphone connection on your PC sound card, this is how you produce the game sound when streaming.
Once complete a simple installation of the drivers (Disc supplied in box) and you’re ready to go. Depending on what streaming software you use then you may have to tweak the settings for the sound to come through, but these are all minor changes that in some cases won’t need doing.
Quality and Performance
As I mentioned earlier on, the quality in which the AVerMedia Game Broadcaster HD produces is levels above the rest currently. Being the only streaming device that allows direct HD 1080p, it was always going to stand out from the rest at first, and so it does. If you have a fairly high spec PC and an internet with Upload speeds around 4MB and above, then I would highly recommend this product to anyone.
After using the AVerMedia Game Broadcaster HD now for 6 weeks I haven’t once experienced any issues regarding low quality or performance related problems and it has been perfect since. All it comes down to is whether you have the right hardware to support this card, and if you do it’s one that if you enjoy to stream, you can’t miss out on.
Design – 4/5
Installation – 4/5
Quality – 5/5
Performance – 4.5/5
Price – 4/5
Overall – 4/5
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