So I've been recording and streaming videogames for a good while now with my Hauppauge 1212 HD PVR, the older model. It's been a great device for me.
But as the next generations of consoles arrive, I'm faced with the dilemma of HDMI. The PS4 does not use component at all, meaning I will have to trade-up my current HD PVR to the more recent model that uses HDMI. My issue being that I game on a setup that uses a gaming headset, which uses a TOSLINK output.
As well, I've been finding it annoying having to get up and switch a bunch of A/V cables around so I can play a game on a different system. My idea was to two switches, one HDMI, and one TOSLINK. I would plug all of my consoles into a 4 to 1 HDMI switch, which would then go to the new PVR, the Hauppauge Gaming Edition Plus, and then to my television.
The TOSLINK switch is 4x2, so I could plus all of the consoles into the TOSLINK switch, then output one to the PVR, and one to my headset.
But I got thinking, HDMI carried audio as well. And I've been seeing other HDMI switches that have optical outputs. Does that mean that it takes the audio from whichever HDMI input is selected and output it as optical as well? If that were so, I would be able to save money by not buying the TOSLINK switch. Money is an issue because I am in Canada and buying the TOSLINK switch and the PVR from the States on Amazon because they're not available here.
Would I be able to save money by getting a switch that did optical output as well? Or should I just go with my original idea? Or is there a better way of doing all of this? The main components I've been looking at so far are these.
Thanks for any input!
Assuming they support what you are doing that should be the easiest way. as far as I am aware the PS4 automatically applies HDCP to the HDMI signal (as most HDMI devices do, regardless of whether the content is copyrighted or not), so there is no (legal) way to rip off the HDCP and down scale the signal to component, so you current PVR is not going to work, regardless of what you do.