Gaming accessories company Human Things is introducing new Genki ShadowCast external capture cards that feature higher quality recording for live streaming sessions, plus a new, slightly improved Covert Dock GaN charger for the Nintendo Switch. The company It’s crowdfunding their new “Alpine collection” on Kickstarter, which includes ShadowCast 2, ShadowCast 2 Pro and Covert Dock 2.
The Genki ShadowCast 2 Pro capture device supports up to 4K video at 60 frames per second and can handle HDMI pass-through with HDR and VRR. The company claims it has an instant setup process: simply connect your gaming system (for example, a PS5) to the ShadowCast 2 Pro hardware, then connect a USB-C iPad or computer. You can capture video through Genki Studio (now on iPad), OBS or other software and also view it on a TV connected to the second HDMI port. You can even capture at 144 or 240 frames per second if you lower the resolution to 1440p or 1080p, respectively. There are also two 3.5mm audio ports for monitoring and mixing.
The old dongle-style Genki ShadowCast capture card is getting a spec boost. We felt the previous model was a little confusing and slow, but the new $49 ShadowCast 2 supports 1080p capture at 60 frames per second and improves the connection to USB 3.2. Now, you can place this dongle inside the Nintendo Switch dock, connect it to HDMI, and connect an iPad to play Nintendo Switch games on the go.
Finally, the new Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch increases power to 45W from 30W in the previous version. The $60 Covert Dock 2 can charge an iPad and keep your Nintendo Switch in dock mode, plus it can incorporate a ShadowCast for a compact portable gaming solution on an iPad or computer. Just like the original, it saves you a lot of space in your bag while traveling and with more power, you can carry this charger and leave all the other bricks behind.
The ShadowCast 2 Pro will cost $160 but can be had for $129 if you donate to the company’s Kickstarter. Plus, their other new accessories are available for up to 26 percent off when paired together. And the shells are transparent, if you like that.