If you’re an avid gamer and perhaps you’re considering a career in gaming, or you would simply like to capture the best moments from your gaming sessions and share them with your friends or remote audience, then live streaming is the way to go. To help you get started, I’ll make sure to cover everything that you need to know about different streaming platforms and how to set your stream.
Naturally, before we get started, you should know that, although it is fairly similar, there are slight differences between the types of setup process which vary depending on the device or the streaming platform that you opt to use.
There are numerous platforms that you can use, such as YouTube and Mixer, but Twitch is by far one of the most popular streaming platforms in the world. It continuously features thousands of streamers and brings in millions of viewers. Every channel is neatly organized, and viewers can easily browse through various games to find the most popular streams. If you’re planning on streaming on Twitch, here’s what you’ll have to do.
First things first, before you can start streaming on Twitch, you will need to make an account on their platform. Once you’re done, make sure to copy Twitch’s stream key, which is a unique code that you will use to link to your Twitch account. Afterward, you should download a streaming platform — the two most popular ones are OBS and XSplit. While OBS might present you with more detailed options to tune your stream, XSplit is a lot simpler to use.
Once you install the app, you should first connect it via the Twitch stream key and then customize it to your liking. For example, you can decide if you want the basic stream of your gameplay, or you wish to include in-game audio, music, webcam, microphone, and so on.
After you have done with fine-tuning, all you’ll have to do is start the game you wish to play and begin with your broadcast.
The first few steps of starting to stream on Twitch via XBOX One are fairly similar to the ones you have to take if you wish to stream on your PC — make a Twitch account and remember your unique code to connect your console to Twitch. Afterward, download the Twitch app from the Twitch Store to your console, hold the XBOX button, navigate to the Broadcast tab, simply click “Start broadcast”, and you’re good to go.
After you have done making a Twitch account and connecting it to PS4 via the unique code, all you have to do is press the “Share” button on your DualShock controller to get started. Afterward, select Twitch as the platform you wish to stream on, title your broadcast, and customize additional options before selecting Broadcast gameplay. If you want to capture your reactions while you’re streaming, you’ll need Sony’s PS Eye Camera.
Recording Your Gameplay
If you would like to capture your gaming sessions without streaming, you can do so via Twitch. However, keep in mind that Twitch will save them only for a limited amount of time, so your best bet is to record them to your device.
If you’re on your PC, you can use third-party software to record your gameplay. Luckily for you, both XSplit and OBS support the option to let you record your gameplay.
For consoles, simply double-tap the XBOX button or Share button for PS4. XBOX can record up to five-minute-long clips while PS4 videos can go up to 15 minutes. Moreover, both consoles have built-in video editors, such as Microsoft’s Upload Studio for XBOX and Share Factory for PS4.