How to Stream to Twitch

If you are a video games addicted , chances are you've a chance Twitch stream or two. The world's biggest destination for live video game broadcasts, Twitch attracts roughly 140 million traffic monthly viewers, who spend hours watching the platform's 2-million-plus creators that stream everything from Apex Legends and World of Warcraft to art and cooking shows and even NFR live stream.

The best part is, anyone can become a Twitch broadcaster. The PS4 and Xbox One both have built-in streaming capabilities. If you game on PC (or want to stream from other consoles such as the Nintendo Switch), all you need is decent hardware, streaming software and a free Twitch account to share your gameplay antics with the world.

And thanks to Twitch's Affiliate and Partner programs, you can even make money (and potentially start a career) streaming your favorite games and activities.

Once you're all signed up, here's how to go live on gaming's biggest broadcasting platform.

Setting Up Your Twitch Page

  1. Log in to Twitch.tv.
  2. Select Dashboard from the drop-down menu at the top-right of the screen.
  3. Search for and select a game you want to play under the Playing tab.
  4. Enter a title for your broadcast.

How to Use OBS

Configuring Your Stream

  1. Open OBS.
  2. Select Broadcast Settings from the settings menu.
  3. Select Twitch as your Streaming Service and click Optimize on the bottom-left of the menu.
  4. Return to your Twitch dashboard and select Stream Key.Follow the prompts to receive your special streaming code.
  5. Copy and paste that code into the Stream Key box in the Broadcast Settings menu. Select OK.

Setting the Scene and Going Live

  1. On the main OBS interface, right-click the Sources box and select Add > Game Capture.
  2. Select Your Game of choice from the drop-down menu and select OK.
  3. Right-click the Sources box again to add any additional feeds. You can add images and text to customize your layout, use Monitor Capture to show anything on your display or select Video Capture to use your webcam.
  4. Select Preview Stream and Edit Scene to tweak your stream layout to your liking. For example, you might want to feature your gameplay stream prominently, with a small box in the corner that shows your webcam feed.
  5. Select Start Streaming on the OBS dashboard. You're now live!

How to Use XSplit

Configuring Your Stream

  1. Open XSplit.
  2. Select Broadcast >Add Channel > Twitch.
  3. Select Authorize and enter your Twitch username and password.
  4. Select Finish. XSplit will automatically set an optimal resolution.
  5. Edit your stream properties and click OK.

Setting the Scene and Going Live

  1. On the Screen Sources section on the bottom left of the XSplit interface, select Add.
  2. Hover over Game Capture and select your game of choice.
  3. Select Add again to bring in any additional sources, such as images or your webcam feed.
  4. Drag and resize each source to your liking. For example, you may want to feature your Game Capture feed prominently, with a small box in the corner that shows your webcam feed.
  5. Select Broadcast > Twitch. You're now live!

How to Stream From PS4 and Xbox One

Both consoles let you chat with your viewers from your headset, as well as show your face via either the PlayStation Camera or Microsoft's Kinect. You can also plug in select microphones, such as the HyperX Quadcast for PS4. You won't get to customize the look and feel of your stream the way you can on a PC, but console streaming is a great way to test Twitch's waters and start building your audience.
Streaming to Twitch on Xbox One is similarly simple, though you'll have to download the free Twitch app from the Xbox Store before you get started. Once you have the app and are logged in, fire up whichever game you want to stream. Then, open the Twitch app and select Broadcast from the main menu. Keep in mind that you can also stream to Microsoft's Mixer platform directly from your Xbox One by simply hitting your home button and selecting the Broadcast icon.

To stream to Twitch on PS4, simply press the DualShock 4's Share button, select Broadcast Gameplay and choose Twitch. Once you're logged in, you can go live with the push of a button.

If you are a user PS4 or Xbox One, you can broadcast directly from your console without having to worry about any external hardware or software.


Last updated:7/28/2019 10:11:20 PM
Ana Bill

Ana Bill

Hey this is Ana Bill. I'm a tech blogger and love to write articles about communication devices, gadgets, mobile phones, laptops and other tech related articles.

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