Since my foray into making my own gameplay footage I’ve been looking for a way to make it a reality. Currently the most straightforward and cost effective way is the Hauppage HD PVR device. This uses the component connection as a pass through device as the HDMI has encryption built in to prevent people from ripping their Blu-Ray discs. It is possible to record directly from the HDMI on the PS3, but I don’t have a spare couple of thousand pounds – although I will continue to do the lottery….
Anyway, the point of this post is to give Hauppage a high five for their pricing policy. For many manufacturers it will cost you more to buy direct from them compared to going to your usual outlet, it is usually the post & packing or shipping charges that bump the prices up.
At the time of writing, the Hauppage HD PVR retails for an average of £170 (£169.99 at play.com) although Play.com shows the RRP as £179.99. So we’ll take the base consumer price as £170 for clarity.
While looking for options of getting the Hauppage HD PVR cheaper, they’re not even available on Ebay, I chanced across a forum post that mentioned getting one direct from Hauppage.com. I’d already looked at American suppliers, but none were any cheaper than buying from this country. But on Hauppage.com you can buy it direct for $199 + $21 for 4 day international shipping.
So, $199 + $21 = $220 (I paid attention at school!). At the current exchange rate that comes out at £140 plus some pennies. That’s £30 cheaper – a fair old whack in my book (or a saving of roughly 18%). That’s a lot less pennies you have to put in the jar. I’m thinking of putting some money away to save up for one of these, but we’ll see how that goes as there are more pressing priorities for the household income, especially as we’ve just come through one of the coldest winters in a long time. Mega gas and leccy bill on its way….
Anyway, if you’re looking for a HD PVR, under the current circumstances I’d say buy it direct.
****EDIT – I take back Hauppage’s high five due to an oversight on my part which is discussed here ****
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