Prior to April Fools 2019, AVerMedia was teasing a new announcement. I figured it could have been regarding a new recording device, or a clever ruse to get people excited for whatever cruel joke they had planned for April 1st. Instead, it actually looks like the new announcement is actually legit and AVerMedia has announced the Live Gamer MINI (GC311).
Nope, totally wasn’t a joke. Good one, AVerMedia.
Yet another capture device in AVerMedia’s arsenal, however, this time around this device is bite-sized. It’s really small and can fit in the palm of your hand. Not to mention that unlike some other newer capture devices, this one will include an onboard encoder (H.264) which will take the strain away from your CPU/processor. Which is great for higher bit-rate recordings or streams. In order to use the onboard encoding, you’ll need to use AVerMedia’s RECentral software. That doesn’t mean you can’t use your favorites such as OBS or XSPlit, but you will miss out on the hardware encoding.
Unlike the recent AVerMedia 4K recording and passthrough devices, the Live Mini Gamer is being positioned to those who stick to a 1080p resolution. The device only supports 1080p 60fps (and below) and does not include 4K passthrough. Surprising, this is still a USB 2.0 device, so those who don’t have USB 3.0+ on their machines are still able to use this.