Video game streaming has been popular for a while and there are no signs of it stopping any time soon. Who could blame the streamers when it’s entertaining? Platforms like Twitch are specially made for this kind of streams. Apart from the local video game streamers, professional gamers have accounts there too where fans around the world can watch them play live.
You want in on the streaming phenomenon but don’t know where to start? You’re in the right place. It can get tad overwhelming if you’re not that good at setting things up in your computer. Here is a short guide on how to make your PC Twitch-worthy:
Your Desktop PC Matters
Streaming video games is not as easy as just hitting the record button and playing the game. Although most of us wish it were that way, the specs of your computer matters. In fact, Twitch has a helpful support page on their website where you should check out first. It explains all there is to know about video streaming from creating an account to recommendations for hardware and software for broadcasting.
In order to seamlessly broadcast your content without any problems, Twitch recommends at least the minimum CPU that is Intel Core i5-4670 or its AMD equivalent. The memory should be at 8GB and at the very least run at Windows 7. You want to make the most out of your internet so make sure to use a LAN connection to prevent hiccups when going wireless.
If you’re determined to enter the fascinating world of streaming, consider getting a cool gaming rig or upgrade your existing one with newer parts. You don’t have to go all out for the components because there are peripherals and other hardware you need for streaming like a cam and a microphone. You’ll also need to create your Twitch account too and name it accordingly.
The primary reasons why streamers share their live gaming session is to gain an audience and interact with them. Therefore, it is essential to have a webcam and microphone on top of your beefed up gaming rig. The former is so your audience can see you when you play and the latter is that they can hear you when you say something or acknowledge them in the chat.
If you’re a beginner in the streaming trend, you’ll be surprised quite a bit first. For those who’ve been streaming for years, it seems that these two are just the bare minimum. Other streamers get their own mixer and soundboard to add music or sound effects to their streams. There are a lot of microphones and cameras out there so choose the one that’s right for your budget without sacrificing quality too much.
What good is a good gaming set-up if you don’t put out content? By now, you should be able to identify the type of games you want to broadcast. Streamers play their games because it’s entertaining, provides shock value like horror jumpscares, or it’s something their fans want to see. Professional gamers play MOBA games they are good at and others play extremely challenging or rage-inducing games because it gets the most genuine reaction out of them.
Software & Settings Are Important Too
With all your hardware setup, it’s time to get to the software. You should have a broadcasting software downloaded in order to stream. Make sure everything is selected and connected including the camera and microphone. Twitch has its own guidelines for the settings so you should check that out as well.
A lot of Twitch streamers customize their videos to show onscreen content such as their name, logo, and even a link to their donation page, affiliate links or Amazon wish list. You can go ahead and do that as well.
Make Yourself Look Presentable Onscreen
Just because you’re streaming inside your room or generally away from your audience, doesn’t mean you should let go of yourself in the appearance area. If you’ve gone through the effort of making your PC gaming set-up Twitch worthy then you can go another mile by making yourself look presentable on camera. Groom yourself by combing your hair, put on some makeup, and be friendly with your audience. Interact with your viewers on chat by chatting them back or talking to them online and be conscious of what you say on the stream.
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