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How to Broadcast Console Games

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2016 02:57PM PDT

How to Broadcast Console Games

Broadcasting games from your console might seem like a complicated setup but in-fact it is an easy process. So get your game on and start broadcasting to Twitch!

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Note: this article explains how to broadcast from consoles other than the Xbox One or PS4, because both of those have built-in broadcast applications. To learn how to broadcast from those, click the links below:

To begin broadcasting your console games on Twitch, you will first need a Twitch account. Once you have signed up for a Twitch account, visit your dashboard or channel page to enable your account for broadcasting. Next, you will need a moderately powerful PC, along with broadcast software, and a capture device.

Recommended Minimum Specifications

 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 (Compare your CPU)
  • MEMORY: 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium or newer
 
HELPFUL HINT
Your GPU is not the biggest factor, but it is recommended to have a card that supports DirectX 10 and up.
 
The next thing you will need is a capture card such as an AVerMedia Live Gamer HD, or a capture device such as the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro or Hauppauge HD PVR. Capture cards require you to open your PC and install them manually, but typically offer better support and efficiency, as some cards such as the AVerMedia Live Gamer HD process the video on the card, thus freeing your CPU for other tasks. Capture devices such as the Hauppauge are easier to setup but rely on desktop video capture and sometimes require an AC outlet for power.

A special note for PlayStation 3 gamers: the HDCP settings in all PlayStation 3 make broadcasting via HDMI extremely difficult. We highly suggest that you purchase a set of PlayStation 3 component audio/video cables and utilize those while broadcasting.
 
To broadcast to Twitch, you will need broadcast software. There are a number to choose from including OBS (Open Broadcasting Software), XSplit, and Gameshow. Most modern broadcast software now includes the ability to sign-in directly to your Twitch account, so you should not have to worry about redirecting your broadcast.
 
Once you have downloaded the broadcast software of your choice, take the time to explore the settings and then feel free to experiment. Choose your favorite PC game and host a few practice streams. Utilize the Twitch Dashboard to view both your stream and chat room to monitor your success. When you are finished, visit your channel and review the VOD of your last broadcast and continue to tweak and improve your stream.
 
Remember to enable the VOD archiving first following this guide!
 

Resources

 
Broadcasting Software Set-up Guides