External box for gaming videos and live streams 2 min. Read
09.05.2021 / Tim Metzger
Asus first unveiled its own capture device in February but has not revealed any details. Now the manufacturer has officially announced the TUF gaming capture box. It allows console or PC games to record and stream live in 4K resolution.
The compact box offers one HDMI 2.0 input, HDMI 2.0 output output, USB-C3.2 Gen1 (five Gbit / s), and two jack inputs. The video signal from the game console or computer loops through HDMI connections to a screen of up to 60kHz up to 4K, sending the tapped signal via USB-C to a computer at a maximum of 4K, at 30 frames per second. Game scenes can be recorded or streamed on a computer via OBS. Asus does not have an integrated encoder, as this would increase the latency in the manufacturer’s opinion.
The 10.5 x 8 x 2 cm housing is made of aluminum and weighs 173 grams, with passive cooling. Underneath the jack connections is RGB lighting that acts as an LED status on the front. Audio jacks are used to connect the headset and controller to record voice chat. The TUF gaming capture box does not support HDCP signals, which means that copy-protected content – HDP can be disabled on PlayStation consoles, and HDCP will only be enabled on Xbox consoles when opening video applications such as Netflix. It should also be noted that the HDMI 2.1 features of the new consoles need to be anticipated when using the box.
Instead of 4K videos, the box enables recording at 60 frames per second in WQHD or up to 120 frames per second in Full HD. Delivery includes HDMI cable, audio cable, USB cable and USB-C adapter. No pricing or exact availability date yet. Chinese merchant J.D.Com The 1,499 yuan TUF gaming capture box lists it below 192 192.
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