follow us:

Latest News

Capcom confirms on-disc DLC for Dragon's Dogma but is re-evaluating their actions
After receiving a huge amount of backlash over the decision to put Street Fighter X Tekken DLC character on-disc, it appears that Capcom is looking to change their ways. Unfortunately, it won't be starting with their next major release coming out next week, Dragon's Dogma.... [read more]
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance English trailer
In addition to the news of a demo coming up fro Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, Square Enix has also finally released an English version of the trailer. ... [read more]
Halo 4 box art revealed
Normally I'm not one to post about a game's box art unless it's a game I'm really excited about, like Dishonored.   Being a fan of the Halo series,  and simply ... [read more]

Latest Articles

"Not just another zombie game" Sandswept Studios talks about The Dead Linger
With the huge success of the Double Fine Kickstarter project that raised over $3 million, game developers flocked to Kickstarter in hopes that their game would become the next crowd funding success story. One such developer is Sandswept Studios with their game, The Dead Lin... [read more]
3 reasons why there's no need for story in fighting games
If you're playing a fighting game for the story, you're doing it wrong.... [read more]
From the Editor's Desk: Is the Gamestop Lawsuit Good or Bad for Gamers?
Gamestop settled on a lawsuit regarding the sale of used games that are missing DLC. Is this lawsuit a win for gamers or will this cause more problems for gamers? ... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Toy Soldiers: Cold War Napalm DLC Review
According to Robert Duvall, Napalm smells like victory. Will you be victorious against your latest foes in Toy Soldiers' newest DLC?... [read more]
Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time Review
Being a side scrolling title, this puzzle based game relies too heavily on awkward controls and cheap puzzle mechanics concerning the combining of various objects.... [read more]
Toy Soldiers: Cold War Evil Empire DLC Review
In Toy Soldiers: Cold War Evil Empire DLC, the tables are turned as you take control of the Soviet forces, fighting against American aggression. Is it good, comrade?... [read more]

Latest Videos

The RPG Fanatic: dnd (PLATO) Creators Gary Whisenhunt & Ray Wood Interview
In the mid 1970s Gary Whisenhunt and Ray Wood created one of the earliest computer roleplaying videogames, dnd, which also happened to be one of the first "fan games". Although little known today, their work pre-dates much better known series like Ultima, Wizardry and Dragon... [read more]
The RPG Fanatic: Seiken Densetsu 3 Retrospect and Review + Operation Manafall
You might know this game as Secret of Mana 2, but this video is titled by the only name it was officially released as. This was a Japan exclusive game in the Mana series that many people aren't aware existed, but let's change that starting right now!... [read more]
From the Editor's Desk: Is the Gamestop Lawsuit Good or Bad for Gamers?
Gamestop settled on a lawsuit regarding the sale of used games that are missing DLC. Is this lawsuit a win for gamers or will this cause more problems for gamers? ... [read more]
Gear Review: Hauppauge 1445 HD-PVR Gaming Edition
Posted on December 28, 2011 by OG

Like its competitor AverMedia, Hauppauge is tweaking one of their most popular capture devices to make it ideal for gamers that want to record and stream their games.  With the 1445 HD PVR Gaming Edition PVR, Hauppauge is looking to be the premiere device for the gamer that wants to show the world the games they play. 


Where Did the Lag Go? - The original Hauppauge PVR had a substantial amount of input lag when you made use of the device‘s pass-thru.  Then again, the device was made to record TV shows on your computer, not to record games while you’re playing them.  To test out the lag for the Gaming PVR, I played an extensive amount of Super Street Fighter 4 AE, and I was able to pull off combos that have an input window of 4-5 frames.  Elite players may note the input lag on the tougher 1-2 frame moves, but a vast majority of gamers will not notice a trace of lag.

Streamlined Software - With the Gaming PVR, there were a couple of programs provided by Hauppauge that weren’t the best in functionality.  Once again, this was due to it being designed to record TV shows, not gaming.  The software that comes with the Hauppauge, ArcSoft ShowBiz , is a welcome improvement over its predecessor.  Capturing is simple as hitting the record button the software and there are three different formats available: .TS, .M2TS, and .MP4.  Each format is the same quality and takes about the same amount of space on your hard drive, around 4-5 GB per hour of gameplay.  The usage of MP4 is a definite plus being that it’s such a versatile format that any editing software can make use of without the need for converting.  Speaking of editing, ArcSoft ShowBiz software also has a simple video editor for those lacking one.  Don’t expect it to replace Final Cut Pro, but it’s much better than trying to use the Youtube editor.

Tons of Functionality in One Box - All the features of the original PVR are intact with this Gaming PVR.  So if you want to record TV shows, you still have the means to do so.   Also, for those looking to do streaming, the Gaming PVR still works great.  There is still a compatibility issue with certain streaming software like Wirecast and Adobe Flash Media Encoder that can’t recognize the device since it uses H.264 compression, but streamers should make use of Xsplit Broadcaster program that can capture a portion of your screen on your computer to stream live.  Another nice addition is the universal component cables that come with it, letting you use one cable to record any current-gen system.



A Little Pricey - Currently the cheapest you’ll find the Gaming PVR is right around $200.  That is a substantial amount of money for a capture device considering there are HDMI cards available for about one hundred dollars, analog capture devices for $60-70, and the also useful AverMedia Game Capture HD at $150.  The difference is that the Gaming PVR does all the functions.  It’s easy to use, doesn’t require a monster PC, records in HD, and lets you stream, BUT it’ll still set you back $200.  It’s quite an investment, so be sure that your plans for the device will net you a return to make it worth the expense.


The Hauppauge 1445 HD PVR Gaming Edition is a phenomenal device.  It literally has everything you need to stream and record their gaming in high-def.  The price is steep, but being able to do so much with just one little box will make the cost worth it for those that want the best.


OG - Editor-in-Chief / Original Gamer og (@) | all author's articles

Are you excited for The Elder Scrolls Online

Yes because I'm a big fan of The Elder Scrolls and can't wait to see the huge world of Tamriel
No because I'm a big fan of The Elder Scrolls and the idea of a MMORPG version of the game sounds horrible.
View Results - View Comments


Con talk, Mass Effect 3 talk, and Asshole talk

Gear Review: Roxio Game Capture

Gear Review: AverMedia Game Capture HD

Gear Review: Hauppauge 1445 HD-PVR Gaming Edition (Video)

Other Gaming News From The Web
Gaming News