What Do You Need to Start Streaming?

by - Monday, August 26, 2019

There's so many streamers on Twitch and Mixer now, but everyone always worries if they need to have the 10467 pieces of equipment that most streamers seem to have, and just like blogging, you only need a couple of basic things!

Whatever you're playing games on, obviously
Whether it's your Xbox, Playstation, or PC, all you need is the platform you want to play your games on!

Twitch/Mixer App
Luckily for most console users, both Xbox and Playstation have a built-in Twitch app that you can download and stream directly from if you can't afford a capture card. You can even attach a webcam to one of the USB ports on either console. Be sure to hit the option that includes your party's audio if you're in a party with several people! For Xbox, you can choose from Twitch, or you can broadcast on Mixer, which is basically Twitch's competitor.

One of my most used free software from when I used to stream on PC was OBS, and even though it looks complicated at first (you need to adjust the threshold if you're using a mic), it's actually quite useful and easy after a while. I use it occasionally in conjunction with the Elgato.

Headphones with a Mic 
If you're planning on streaming, you need a good pair of headphones with a mic attached, but since most people with consoles should have one anyway to communicate with friends, this is basically unnecessary unless you don't have one.

What other things do you need to stream?

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