How to Get Started Streaming Games
Every day, more game platforms are popping up at the click of a button. More and more people are jumping into the world of streaming video games, and with it comes the challenge of figuring out how to get started. With the rise of the internet, game streaming has never been easier.
Today, we’ll be focusing on how to get started streaming games. We’ll cover everything from hardware, to software, to what you need to do to get your stream started.
What is streaming?
What is streaming? Streaming is a word that is often used to describe the process of watching a video on the Internet. The term is a portmanteau of the words “stream” and “broadcasting,” and it is often used to describe the process of watching a video on a computer, television, or other device. Streaming is also used to describe the process of watching a video on the Internet.
When did streaming start? The history of how streaming started is difficult to track. In the early days of broadband technologies in the 1990s, certain media companies began pushing content through services like RealNetworks' RealDVD and Microsoft's Windows Media Player. At the time, this technology was not video at all but audio. This early streaming was used by media companies to improve the quality of their audio streams, allowing for better compression. However, as streaming technology advanced and video services became more popular, media companies began using streaming to save on bandwidth. In this way, they were able to push out more content while not overloading those customers who wanted to view only high-quality video content.
Evolution of Game Streaming
Streaming for gaming has evolved over time. In the beginning, a television broadcast was the only option for gaming on the Internet. With streaming, however, a bigger focus has shifted to directly connecting a gamer to other viewers, with friend matches being the most people-focused form of online interaction. As streaming evolved into more sophisticated services such as Twitch and YouTube Gaming, it became easier for new users to get started and join existing communities of gamers.
Streaming platforms have also become much more mobile over time. Whereas before users needed to arrange a laptop or desktop computer in order to stream, now many users can stream from their smart phones. In this way, more people are able to get involved with streaming and share gameplay with the world.
How Do I Get Started Streaming Games?
Streaming may seem simple at first, but there is a lot of work that goes into starting a new stream. With the right tools and equipment, though, you can ensure that your stream looks and sounds wonderful. Let’s take a look at everything you’ll need to get started streaming games today.
Choose Your Platform
There are various platforms for streaming your games to an audience. Some of the more popular are Twitch, Mixer, and YouTube Gaming. Each has its own advantages that can help you choose the platform that’s right for you.
Twitch is a live streaming video platform designed to focus on gaming, including playthroughs of video games, broadcasts of eSports competitions, creative content, and more. Twitch is consistently one of the most popular sites on the Internet. In fact, it has been so successful that in 2016 it was purchased by Amazon for $970 million. Amazon stated that they planned to keep Twitch running as an independent entity. In many ways, this marks the rise of live-streaming services from being a niche community to one that is now being recognized at a worldwide level.
Twitch has introduced several features that make it easy to get started streaming games. First, you can start off with the free Twitch channel and upload your gameplay to your channel. Once you have built your audience and want more advanced options, like chat or hosting video content, then you can upgrade to a premium account.
Regardless of the platform you choose, you will want to take time to learn how to setup your channel to attract and keep viewers. There are several sites such as Twitch Tips which will help you with the best streaming practices for the platform you have chosen.
Decide on Your Game and Your Platform
The first step when getting started streaming games is to decide exactly what you want to play, as well as what platform you will be playing on. There are a wide range of games available, each of which has their own set of communities and fans. If you’re unsure about where to start with your stream, we recommend choosing a game that has a simple set of controls. For example, if you’re not confident with the keyboard and mouse, that’s okay. Many other platforms exist, including consoles such as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and handhelds such as Nintendo 3DS and Sony PlayStation Vita.
If you’re choosing a game to play on your console, decide which type of gaming experience you want to portray as a streamer. Do you want to focus on a casual gaming experience, or do you want to take your game more seriously? In either case, you’ll want to make sure that your console can handle streaming. Many new consoles are able to stream games, but it’s important to check that yours is one of these. In some cases, the older generations of consoles may not be able to stream.
Once you have decided on a platform and a game, we recommend deciding what type of streaming method you wish to use. If you want to focus more on casual gaming, then you’ll likely want to get a second-screen application such as Twitch or YouTube Gaming. If, however, you want to take your gameplay more seriously, we recommend using a platform such as OBS or Xsplit Gamecaster.
Choose Your Streaming Software
To stream directly, on a computer or console itself, all you need is the game software and video capture software. The video capture software is what allows you to record your gameplay hourly, or as often as you like. This will be useful if you want to create a daily show for your fans. The game software for your platform will vary.
For the PS4 and Xbox One, we recommend using XSplit Gamecaster or OBS Studio, both of which can be downloaded from the websites of each company.
Hardware Needed To Stream Games
To stream games, you will want to make sure that you have the right equipment. While it is possible to stream from an older laptop or desktop computer, we recommend using a newer machine. Not only are newer machines able to handle streaming better, but they can also be upgraded once they become outdated as well. In this manner, we recommend using a desktop PC when streaming games. If you choose a laptop instead, you may have to go through the trouble of upgrading your laptop in order to get the best performance out of it.
Tablets are also useful for setting up your stream. Since these tablets are small, they won’t take up much space on a desk or table. You can easily plug them in for streaming, or you can even use them to setup the camera and microphones.
Strap On Your Gaming Headset
For most modern consoles, we recommend using a headset that you can plug into your computer (or into the console itself) via the 3.5-millimeter audio jack. This will allow you to listen to your audio and talk through the microphone. Most professional streamers use this method, as this allows you to hear your audio and talk at the same time.
You can also consider a wireless gaming headset. This will allow you game without the wires but there is the potential for latency. Regardless of the type of headset, make sure to research the best options available. You can find a variety of reviews for gaming headsets to help assist you to find one that is right for you.
Streaming games can be a great way to get started in the world of streaming. By showing off your gameplay to others, you’re able to connect with them and help them out as well. With so many different games available, it’s easy to find something that you love, and there are always new communities of people who enjoy the same type of game.
by shishironline on 2022-04-12 01:57:18