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Returned the Roxio device
09 February 2015
Posted in PlayStation

There will be no streaming for the PlayStation 3 games I play for now. Reason is that I've returned the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro device to the store because it's not really working for me.

The most important reason it's not working for me is that whenever I play a game that's in the 720p resolution, the device won't lower the resolution from 1080p automatically. For the device to automatically lower the resolution from 1080p to 702p, the PC has to be running so that (I think) the drivers can lower the resolution. This is not in line with what the device should to - just pass the signal through. With most PlayStation 3 games still being rendered in 720p and me not willing to stream every game I play I'm kinda forced to keep the PC running when I play on the PS3.

And speaking about passing the signal through... Once again this is not the case. The Roxia device does handle the signal a bit one way or the other. I have noticed that the PS3 has 3 'shadows' cast on the menu items from the XMB. Though thse 'shadows' are not overly visible with the naked eye for most people I see it and it annoys the hell out of me (an eye doctor told me once that the average human sees only 90% and my vision is close to 150% of the average human). This clearly means that the digital signal is loosing power when passing through the Roxio device.

With the digital visual signal loosing power, I can only wonder about how bad the audio signal has lost it's power. I did notice a change in the audio when using my headphones (BeyerDynamic DT 990) I thought it was just my imagination. Now having ditched the Roxio device I can listen to the full audio quality again (and Final Fantasy XIII really has an awesome soundtrack to enjoy )

I will see if I can find an other streaming device for the PS3, but I fear that one of the few options remaining will be one of those expensive HD TV capture cards, something which I will not buy...

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