If you like video games but you do not feel like to play, you would watch someone else play the game, Twitch is just for you. It is a video streaming platform only for video games. But what if you are the one to stream the video? Here we explain how to stream on Twitch in detail.
Twitch is a widely used platform. With more than 140 million viewers per month, it is the biggest video game broadcaster. Twitch lets everyone to stream video games. You can stream from PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
Are There Any Requirements?
Streaming on Twitch is a lot of fun but there are some requirements for it. Twitch is a free platform. You can just visit Twitch.tv and join watching video games.
You will need a Twitch account to stream videos but it is the only thing you need in terms of Twitch company policy and it is free as well. You can even customize your account by adding images and descriptions to make it unique. This also helps viewers to get to know you better when they are watching your stream. Let’s look at what other requirements you need to meed.
You can stream with other consoles such as Nintendo but you will need a streaming software and hardware and you will be good to go. Yet you might consider checking some of the requirements.
A Good PC and Internet Connection
To stream on Twitch from a PC, you will need a good computer. It is recommended to have at least an Intel Core i5-4670 processor or its AMD equivalent, 8 GB RAM and at least Windows 7. It is possible to stream from a Mac too. Of course, not to mention a strong graphic card.
As well as your hardware, your internet connection is crucial. After a good preparation, you would not want to lose your connection while you are streaming a good game. You might consider using an ethernet cable to make it safer. Also, keep in mind that you will need a good upload speed.
Some users are using two PCs instead of one because streaming while playing a high-resolution game can challenge some PCs. They use one PC for gaming and the other one for streaming.
If you do not want to use two PCs, there is a solution thought by Nvidia. With their new encoder called ‘GeForce-Optimized OBS and RTX Encoder,’ you can stream in two PC quality but with one PC. It collaborates with OBS, a software for broadcasting which we will touch upon.
Software for Streaming
When streaming from a PC, you will need a streaming software. The most common and preferred software is Open Broadcasting Software (OBS). It is the one Nvidia has a collaboration with. There is another software called ‘XSplit’. It is very much like OBS. Even though XSPlit has free features, it requires a subscription and it is not for free.
Twitch is working on streaming software to make it a lot easier as well. You can check the article about it from their blog.
No matter which streaming software you are using, you need to sync that software to Twitch and adjust your monitor, gameplay feed and webcam for your broadcast.
Other requirements are nothing but a microphone and a camera. It is better to use a headset yet it is recommended to have a clean sound so a good quality microphone is necessary. Don’t forget to add a video capture source before starting to broadcast. This setup is one of the basics to start streaming on Twitch.
Another thing you should have is a good computer. You don’t need the latest tech to stream on Twitch but it should be good enough to run the games that you’re going to stream on. Keep in mind that lag is not something your viewers would like when watching your streams. Be sure to have a clean stream without any lags and problems. That’s how you can maintain your viewers and achieve success on Twitch.
It is also crucial to create content within the community guidelines. If you or someone watching your video makes something against the Twitch community guidelines, you could get in trouble which can result in getting banned. For example, it is important to play an original game. Don’t ever think of streaming a crack game. It is a direct reason to get banned. Get a moderator on your Twitch streams. A moderator can control the comments for anything against the guidelines, and if he or she catches it, they can ban viewers with bad comments. So, keep in mind to keep it safe during your stream.
How to Stream From Consoles?
If you are using PS4 and Xbox One then you are good because they do not require any streaming software. You can directly stream videos. On PS4 all you have to do is press the ‘Share’ button on the console and select ‘Twitch’, then you can start streaming.
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On Xbox One it is similar but you have to download the Twitch app. Like on PC, it is for free. Once you download the app, open the app and select ‘Broadcast’ from the menu. Xbox users have the chance to stream directly to Microsoft’s Mixer platform.
You can use a headset to chat while you are streaming through consoles.
How to Stream from Mobile Phone?
It is possible to stream from your phone. Download the Twitch app, open the app and go into your profile. You can start streaming by tapping on the camera button. You can download the Twitch app both from Android and iOS. However, it is not quite simple to stream live video games from your phone. For that, you will need third-party apps.
On Android devices, you can use ‘Screen Stream Mirroring’ and ‘BitStream’ apps to stream live games. Even YouTube has an app for Android devices for broadcasting, it is called YouTube Gaming. While streaming on iOS devices it is a bit more complicated, there is an app called Mobcrush for streaming live games on iOS.
Streaming on Twitch in Short
We touched upon how to stream on Twitch by bringing out the requirements and devices that you can use Twitch. From PCs to mobile devices, it is possible to stream on Twitch yet streaming from gaming consoles seems easier than others since there are not many requirements than a headset. However, you should take having a good computer and Twitch community guidelines into consideration. You wouldn’t want to lose viewers because of a laggy stream or get banned for something against the community guidelines.
Now you can start broadcasting from your Twitch channel. If you want to learn more about Twitch, check out our latest articles about it. You might be interested in how to get donations on Twitch.