At GDC this past month, YouTube announced its new steaming API for gaming. This API allows developers to add a live streaming option into their games or devices. Elgato is one of the first hardware companies to take advantage of the new API. Its Game Capture HD software can now be used to stream console games straight to YouTube without the need to purchase any additional equipment.
Elgato released public beta software with the YouTube API integration for Windows 7 and Windows 8. A Mac version is in development. Once the software is downloaded, you’ll need to log in with your YouTube credentials and have an account that’s set up for live streaming. Those who are partners with some kind of network on YouTube likely have this option available to them. Google is still rolling this feature out, so it may take some time to reach you.
Once that’s all set up, you’ll be able to adjust some settings within the Elgato Game Capture HD software. You can set privacy options, the bit rate and resolution. The resolution ranges from 360p to 1080p.
You can purchase the Elgato Game Capture HD for around $160 from various online retailers.