Welcome to the first review of a product I've purchased from Kickstarter or any crowdfunding site really. This one was heavily advertised on Facebook back along in February time and actually even then from the price was pretty reasonable at $54 including shipping (£39.31) , but this was going to be interesting to see how it works as a budget streaming device, since HDMI has so many uses it really can be worth while to see which consoles are supported and which are not. The Review is below which is over 9 months since purchasing it and also 6 months since it arrived with me.
|The front of the Box|
|One side of the box to show how short the device actually is|
|The Top of the box with the Genki Logo|
|The Other side of the box with the ShadowCast name|
|The bottom of the box with the Trademarks|
|The Back of the Box with the info about the shadowcast and how to use it.|
|The way the box slides open|
|The box lifts open|
Now then it shows whats inside:
A Look inside the box:
- 1 x ShadowCast HDMI Dongle wth a Translucent Black and Yellow
- 1 x Braided USB Type C 2.0 (Not 3.1 Gen x) Cable 1.8m longer
- 1 x Genki Logo Sticker
- 1 x Odd design sticker
- 1 x User Manual in different languages
The Capture Card.
|The Yellow side of the HDMI which is the top|
|The side of the shadowcast with the top and bottom|
|The other side of the shadow cast|
|The back of the shadowcast|
|The nice bit of cardboard insert for where the shadowcast sits|
The USB Type C Cable:
|The cable inside the bag|
|The engraved Genki Logo on the straight side|
|The engraved Genki Logo on the angled side|
The Stickers and the Manual:
|The Genki Logo|
|The odd sticker looking one that was included as well|
Now then it leads to the manual, which means it can guide you on what to do, which in this case there were some surprises for the way it actually mentions the support for it. Like an i5-3rd Gen is a minimum requirement, which is a nice realistic one, sure many have upgraded since then since that is the 2012 era but later on I will notice that it might seem low when you read that but for those that just want to play without streaming, then it makes sense.
|The Front of the shadowcast manual|
|Inside the manual on how it connects|
|The last page of the english side of the manual|
Which that can help to plan out how to use this, also remember that with this, there is no CD that lets you install drivers and is plug and play for the most part too. So that is clearly explained.
|A look at all that was in the box|
The Setup and Testing:
- Connecting up to my Desktop + Drivers
- Installing Genki Arcade
- Setting up OBS
- Connecting a PS4 to it
- Connecting a PS3 to it
- Connecting a PSTV / Vita TV to it
- Connecting a Laptop to it
- Connecting up to Laptop Running Mac OS
Connecting it up to my Desktop:
|The Morphie Cable plugged in|
|The Status of the Shadowcast Digital Audio|
|The Driver versions in the Audio Side|
|The Hardware IDs|
|The installation of the Audio Side|
|The Status of the Actual capture side|
|The Hardware ID of the Video Side|
|The Events of the installation of it|
Then it was time to install the App, Which is either on Mac, Windows or there is a Web version too for Chromebooks and I thought Android but that is for later to guess on. But once that was installed, it was on a splash type screen for it and then was waiting for the card to be connected, it does not show a blue screen unlike the Prif streambox. But then it was time to get the Cable Connected.
|The settings on the app after using the konami code|
Connecting a PS4:
|The HDMI Extension Cable|
|Connected it to the Shadowcast|
|The PS4 screencapture from the Genki App |
|ScottPilgrim as a screenshot|
Side Note: No Game/DeviceAudio in the Genki Arcade app
|The Sound Settings on 11|
|The Properties of the Shadowcast|
|First to set it as default|
|The Properties of the Digital Audio Shadowcast|
|This Setting is the easy workaround to get the sound working from the shadowcast with the genki arcade app|
So with that part out of the way, it was time to continue on.
Recording on the Genki Arcade:
|The Details of the recorded file|
OBS and The Shadowcast:
|The Settings for the Shadowcast in OBS as a Video capture device|
|The Resolution selection which actually shows a fair bit|
|The PS4 Works on OBS via the Shadowcast|
Then it was the recording, and oh my it was laggy, even with x264 on superfast and it was a surprise at that, but then I've only just installed it and the drivers might not be as optimized as others, I've still got some tweaking to do on it, but it does show and play, but it was 30fps on the Shadowcast as the default.
Connecting A PS3:
|Seeing the time and date in OBS|
|The Installing the 4.88 update via Genki Arcade|
But the recording was not as bad as i Thought, there was lag in OBS but the Arcade app did not have too much lag but was noticeable with some corners in the maze Score Attack.
|The title screen for loading|
So that means it works out to be anle to be seen, the GPU will be useful to make performance easier. But it was now time for a real taste of this card to see what it can support.
Connecting a VITA TV.
|Settings up the time in the Genki Arcade App|
|The Vita TV Connected up|
|A Shown of it in the Dark|
This only goes up to 720p for it but it still is clear and easy to use, so that helps for performance, Even with the PSP emulator included there.
Connecting a Laptop:
|The Laptop connected to it|
|Windows 11 lockscreen works|
|So does it with duplicating|
|The way to extend the screen with the Shadow Cast|
So that is a useful trick in this way indeed. Especially this was a plug and play mantra. So now it was time to test it with MacOS.
|More of the Clip details|
Using Shadowcast on MacOS.
|The laptop connected up|
|It was showing on OBS (Preview turned off)|
But there was alot of noticeable lag on that side of things which recordings and even playing without it was not good at all, maybe its the use with the metal graphics causing the delay due to openGL or other parts i've not looked into, it could be that reason. But if that was sorted, then I could get streaming done easier to then it could be nicer and more productive.
Using Shadowcast on Android:
omracer's Rating: 9/10
The Good Points:
- Incredible value for the device
- Type C cable included which is braided
- Works with OBS and other Apps, heck even Chrome (Not on android)
- Supports 1080p 60fps on all apps
- Nice design and documentation
- Supports HDCP devices like PS3 and Vita TV
- Works even with Extension Cable
The Bad Points:
- The only cable is a Type C to C cable for older devices that cannot use that
- The Genki Arcade app does need some work
- Android support is not there but apparently iOS support is there
- No Passthrough support for HDMI via the Type C (Not testef but confirmed in a comment from the staff at Human Things
- Delivery can be a fair time away