AVerMedia’s Live Gamer Bolt brings external capture to the high-end, but who will use it?

AVerMedia's Live Game Bolt brings external capture to the high-end, but who will use it?

AVerMedia’s Live Gamer Bolt brings external capture to the high-end, but who will use it?

When it comes to game streaming, there are two names that you should be aware of, Elgato and AverMedia, both of which deliver compelling external and internal video capture solutions for YouTubers, Steamers, Reviewers and Professionals alike. 

With its new Live Gamer Bolt, AverMedia wants to push external capture solutions to new heights, offering the full capabilities of its Live Gamer 4K within an external capture box, but this leap in technological capability doesn’t come without its downsides. 

The Live Gamer Bolt supports 4K 60FPS, 1440p at 144Hz and 1080p at 240Hz, offers HDR10 support and offers users a low-latency pass-through options. Simply put, this is a Live Gamer 4K within an external form factor, and that fact has created the Live Gamer Bolt’s greatest limitation, Thunderbolt 3. 

Users need to connect their AVerMedia Live Gamer Bolt to a PC, and that requires a Thunderbolt 3 connection. USB 3.0, 3.1, 3.2 and 3.2×2 won’t cut it with the AVerMedia Live Gamer Bolt, it won’t even support lower quality capture modes with these connections. The Live Gamer Bolt requires the PCIe lanes that Thunderbolt 3 offers, severely limiting the capture box’s usage outside of niche use cases. 

The Live Gamer Bolt, like most AVerMedia products, supports HDMI 2.0, not HDMI 2.1, and offers supports for HDR-to-SDR tone mapping, support for a wide range of resolutions and 7.1/51. Ch Surround Sound Pass-Through. The device also comes with a bundled copy of Cyberlink PowerDirector 15 for 4K video editing.  

AVerMedia's Live Game Bolt brings external capture to the high-end, but who will use it?  

For £399, the Live Gamer Bolt is either the solution to all of your on-the-go video capture problems or a product that is too niche to useful to you. The functionality of this device depends solely on your PC’s support for Thunderbolt 3, a connection which remains rare on modern PCs. Perhaps this device will support USB4 when compatible devices are released, but as it stands, the Live Gamer Bolt uses a niche connection and is therefore unusable by many desktop and mobile users. 

Regardless, AVerMedia’s Live Gamer Bolt pushes the bounds of external capture solutions, offering users both 4K 60Hz and 1080p 240Hz capture support out of the box. If your systems support Thunderbolt 3, this may be the capture solution for you, but the device’s price premium might then become an issue. 

You can join the discussion on AVerMedia’s Live Gamer Bolt capture card on the OC3D Forums.