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The HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition, from Hauppauge “has no delay passthrough, so you can play while you record”. Now, I’ve had this recorder for almost 3 months now and I can admit I completely enjoy this product. I have used some of Hauppage’s previous recorders and they did their job to the “T”, yet they were lacking that HD, uninterrupted quality I needed without HDMI connectivity.

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You can record game play from your Xbox 360, Sony PS3, or any system using an HDMI cable. Recording full 1080P, this player comes packed in with Arcsoft ShowBiz software, allowing you to record your game play locally in a variety of formats. I have been using it for my Halo 4 game play, shoutcasts, and tournaments actively to stream live onto Twitch.TV. If you haven’t got access to an HDMI cable, the Happauge PVR also hosts a Component cable connection and S-Video. Though you’ll miss out on it’s 1080P quality, you can use these connections to record anything from the old-school NES through the most modern of consoles.

If you’re looking to stream with your new HD PVR, so far I have run into a minor issue – the Hauppauge is “Too new” and most streaming software is not updated to recognize it as a recorder. In order to stream properly, you will have to view your screen region on the PC, which doesn’t reduce frame rates from the standard 60 per second, but could reduce your resolution if you haven’t got a 1080P display.

I give this bad boy an 9 out of 10 and it’s worth every penny you’ll pay for it. The only reason I’m not giving it a 10 is because of the “Too New” issue. The Hauppauge HD PVR 2 is a great recorder and a great buy with unmatched quality for all of your gaming and video recording needs.

9 out of 10