We’ve seen Elgato dominate the game recording and streaming market but it looks like the team over at Human Things have thought of introducing a more affordable alternative — the Genki ShadowCast.
This tiny gadget can cast your console game into your laptop screen instead of finding a TV or monitor that supports HDMI.
The included app claims to take little processing power giving your laptop more performance room to do other tasks such as recording and streaming gameplay.
- Dimensions: 25 x 52 x 9mm or 0.98″ x 2.1″ x 0.35″
- Weight: 10g
- HDMI 2.0 input brings in 4K video from the latest game consoles, including the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4/5, and XBOX Series S/X
- USB-C output transfers to computer up to 1920×1080 @ 60fps
- Genki Arcade app support for macOS 10.12+ or Windows 7+
- Includes USB-C 2.0 Cable 1.8m long cable
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Genki Arcade App
The Genki Arcade app is optimized for Apple Silicon and Intel processors and Windows. The team is also planning to make a web browser version without requiring to install any additional software so you can share your streams with the world.
All you need to do is install the app on your laptop, plug in the ShadowCast, and you’re good to go!
A Game Capture Device and External Camera Input In One
What’s revolutionary about the Genki ShadowCast is that it can serve not only as a game capture device but also as a webcam input.
An interesting use for this is when you want to have a remote gaming session with your friends over Zoom. So you can now play popular co-op multiplayer games on the Switch such as Animal Crossing while sharing your game screen acting as a webcam.
If you have any DSLR or action cameras lying around, you could also use this nifty gadget to convert your camera into a high-quality webcam so you can stand out in your game streams or even your Zoom meetings.
As of this writing, the Indiegogo campaign has received over $2 million worth of funding from thousands of project backers. The Genki ShadowCast will only cost you $39 which is 5 to 10 times cheaper than getting an Elgato capture card and you can get yours here.