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There are several issues with this, but a contender for recording next gen...
24 December 2014
As an owner of a Hauppauge PVR 1 I thought that this would be ideal as a replacement as I had just purchased a PS4.
I play many, many retro video games across all platforms, from NES and SNES to things like Mega CD, Atari Jaguar and more. Upon getting the PVR2 Gaming Edition I was surprised that although it advertised that it is for PS3 I had to buy an additional adapter from Ireland in order to hook it up. Over a week later I received the adapter and all was good for my 360, PS3 and PS4. I then popped a PS1 disc into my PS3 and the hinges started to fall off the HD PVR 2. You see, it isn't as able to handle as low resolution as the PVR 1. Plugging in anything older such as a Mega CD, using composite cables (through the component adapter) does not work.
I even contacted the Hauppauge e-mail help desk and they did not respond to me, so I am assuming they did not like the nature of my query.
The PVR1 has S-Video and Composite inputs as well as component, the PVR 2 has HDMI and component (but you need a component adapter) - so if you are looking for a PVR for older gen and next gen consoles alike, this isn't the solution for you.
However, aside from my gripe, the system is very good. It boots up quickly, the new capture software is very nice and it looks gorgeous.
The software crashes many, many times for me. I have a quad core i7 computer and the PVR 2 will not record mic audio and gameplay through HDMI or component at the same time without shredding up the audio. The software will also occasionally freeze, meaning I will have to reboot many times. It isn't rubbish at all, overall I do like the product, but it is not perfect.
If you are just looking at capturing PS4 or Xbox One raw footage and video game audio, maybe this is the solution for you. If you want to do something more technical with other consoles, perhaps try looking around at other products.