The Avermedia Live Gamer Bolt is a 4K HDR and 240 FPS External Capture Box

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Avermedia Technologies Inc just unveiled the Live Gamer Bolt, a new external capture box that boasts a whopping 240FPS and 4K HDR capture.

For those of you that do dabble in the odd bit of streaming, a dedicated capture card is probably at the top of your must-have lists. For most of us, this means picking up something live Avermedia’s Live gamer Portable 2 Plus or an Elgato HD60. If you want to push resolution much higher than 1080p then things tend to go internal. Not any more! Avermedia just unveiled the Live Gamer Bolt, a stand-alone capture box that can capture incoming video feeds at up to 4K60 HDR10 and Full HD at 240 frames per second. As a world-first, it’s pretty impressive.

The Even More Technical Bit

Admittedly the Live Gamer Bolt cannot capture 4K at 240 FPS. Instead, dedicated gamers looking for the external capture card can grab incoming 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) at 60 frames per second. HD resolution can be cranked up to a whole 240 FPS. The Live Gamer Bolt leans heavily on Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, allowing some seriously hefty data transfer rates. The bus supports anything up to 40Gbps, that’s compared to USB 3.1 rates of around 10Gbps. While this means some cool slow-motion video or ridiculously crystal clear capture, it also means you will need to have a free Thunderbolt 3 port. AMD Ryzen converts, you have been warned. We’ve dropped the full requirements and specifications below

Live Gamer BOLT Features

4K60 HDR 10 Video Recording
Full HD 240 FPS High Frame Rate Video Recording
Onboard Video Processing
7.1/51. Ch Surround Sound Pass-Through
ThunderboltTM 3 Connectivity
RGB Lighting Effects

Product Details

Interface: Thunderbolt 3 (Not compatible with USB 3.0, 3.1, 3.2)
Video Input & Output (Pass-Through): HDMI 2.0
Audio Input: HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm Line In jack
Max. Pass-Through Resolution : 2160p60 HDR /1440p144/ 1080p240
Max. Recording Resolution: 2160p60 HDR* /1440p144/ 1080p240
Supported Resolution: 2160p, 1440p, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 480p
Record Format: MPEG 4
Dimensions (W x D x H): 120 x 120 x 29.3 mm (4.72 x 4.72 x 1.15 in)
Weight: 348 g (12.27 oz)
Bundled Software: RECentral streaming software, Cyberlink PowerDirector 15 – 4K video editing software

System Requirements (Dedicated streaming rig)

For 4Kp60 HDR or 1080p240 recording
Operating system: Windows 10
Processor: Laptop – i7-7700HQ; Desktop – i5-6XXX
Graphics Card: Laptop – NVIDIA® GTX1050 Ti; Desktop – NVIDIA® GTX 1060 / AMD RX 5500 XT
RAM: Laptop – 8GB; Desktop – 8GB (DDR4 2400 or above)

The Avermedia Live Gamer Bolt is an astonishing piece of kit, with a serious price to match. While we’re planning to get gamespace streaming later this month, we might hold off on the 4K capture quite yet and focus on getting just the right microphone for the job for now. For those of you ready to make the upgrade, the Live Gamer Bolt brings 4K capture to your desk via Amazon and the Avermedia Store for $449.99.


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For those of you who I’ve not met yet, my name is Ed. After an early indoctrination into PC gaming, years adrift on the unwashed internet, running a successful guild, and testing video games, I turned my hand to writing about them. Now, you will find me squawking across a multitude of sites and even getting to play games now and then

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