How to stream your gaming sessions

Video game playback is something that many enthusiastic and casual players want to participate in, but launching a broadcast on their preferred gaming platform can be an arduous task. Transmitting the game involves sharing the games you play and your reactions in real time with a remote audience. It's like taking the whole Internet to your game room while you try to defeat the last boss.

Currently, the most popular broadcast platform in the world is Twitch, but there is competition in the form of YouTube Gaming on mobile devices and Mixer, a Microsoft streaming service used for Xbox and Windows.

Here we show you how to play your game from any device you are playing on, be it a PC, the Xbox One, a PlayStation 4, a Nintendo Switch or even Android or iOS. The only thing I will not be able to teach you is how to improve in video games and / or be entertained. That requires practice .

Before we dive into the platform-specific configurations, here are the most basic prerequisites to start a broadcast, no matter what games you're playing: a gaming device, an external microphone or gaming headset, a webcam , a fast Internet connection (upload and download), Twitch / YouTube Gaming / Mixer accounts and, obviously, at least one game title.


Windows PC


Streamlabs OBS

Real-time streaming with Twitch

trying to reach a large audience (or be discovered and find the love of your life), your best choice is Twitch. Get ready: if you want to transmit your video game sessions to the largest game transmission service in the world, you will have to install a couple of applications.

First, you must register to obtain a Twitch account and copy the transmission key, a unique code that is used to link and transmit to your profile from the free streaming applications that Twitch recommends. (Make sure not to share)

Now, decide whether or not you want a "basic" transmission, which consists of a live video capture of whatever you're playing, in-game audio and your webcam and microphone. In that case, you can download a simple streaming application such as Open Broadcast Software (OBS). It is a powerful application, despite not having the most beautiful user interface. Once installed, you will be asked to enter the transmission key for OBS to communicate with your Twitch channel and, in fact, you can transmit something.

From there, you can select your source if you want OBS to transmit from a specific window, your entire desktop or whenever you detect a full screen application (a game). Other options such as audio levels, transmission quality and the like are available in the submenus.

If you want a more "professional Twitch couple" aesthetic, I would recommend downloading the OBS version of Streamlabs. It is also open source software, but it has a much easier to use interface for beginners and overlay templates for donations, brand development, Twitch emulations and even transition animations.


Streamlabs OBS options

The installation wizard is similar to the OBS bare-bones application, so you will still have to copy / paste the transmission key and relevant information, such as transmission quality, video and the desired audio sources. Once you have gone through the configuration process, you can press the "transmission" button and start using your customizations ready for each transmission.

It is a great application that requires some experimentation, but the results are worth it. After all, you want to become the next Ninja, do not you?

Streaming with Mixer


Mixer running on Destiny 2

Streaming on a Windows game PC with the integrated interactive streaming application from Microsoft Mixer, which streams to your website and Android applications or iOS, it's a simpler process than using Twitch, but your potential audience is not that big. You can start by registering in a Mixer account through your website or the Windows game bar, which can help guide you through the process for the first time. You can access the game bar by pressing the Windows + G key in the game while you wait for your friends to enter the multiplayer lobby.

From there, click the Transmit button that is right next to the red record button, select your capture source (from the game or from your desktop) and other details such as camera location, microphone or camera permissions and video quality (which is a shortcut that takes you to the Windows Configuration application).

Once everything is configured from the game bar, you can click on the "Start transmission" button within the same window and start transmitting. Just make sure you have a PC powerful enough, since the transmission is an additional workload that can affect your FPS.


Xbox One


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Streaming with Mixer

Due to the acquisition and integration of the Microsoft Video Mixer streaming service, it is included as the default transmission option for Xbox One and PC with Windows 10. In Xbox One, Mixer has a clear advantage over Twitch because it is more integrated into the Xbox operating system and is compatible with microphones and USB cameras from third parties. Twitch no.

If you do not have a Mixer account yet, I suggest you install on a PC or Mac and register through the website. It's a much less painful experience than using the on-screen keyboard of Xbox.

Once your account is set up, start playing with Mixer by starting a game, holding down the Xbox button, moving directly to the Broadcast tab and clicking "Start streaming". The application wizard will provide options if you want a second player to join you, adjust the quality of the transmission, have your microphone / camera turned on or off, and so on. From there, you can press the "B" button and start your game session.


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Transmit with Twitch

For Twitch to work on the Xbox One, there are a few more steps. First, you must go through the Twitch Store and download the Twitch application. Once it has been fixed, open the application and you will receive a unique code that must be entered on the desktop through your Twitch administrator account.

Now it's time to sign up for Twitch through the website on a PC or Mac, if you have not already done so. After that, you can return to the Xbox One to choose to transmit with Twitch from the application, instead of Mixer. Note that you can not use a USB camera other than a Kinect (which has been discontinued). It is far from ideal, but it is feasible.


PlayStation 4


Streaming with Twitch

Maybe the PlayStation 4 is the easiest way to start broadcasting because the DualShock controller includes a dedicated "Share" button.

To start broadcasting for the first time, press the "Share" button on your controller, followed by "Broadcast Game," select Twitch (the service offered) and then link your Twitch account information on the website using a PC or Mac. To capture your reactions while you play, you'll need the Sony PlayStation Eye camera. The video settings menu allows you to customize the picture box that overlays your game.

Once this is done, you will have to repeat some of the following steps: press the "Share" button, then "Game transmission", select your preferred service, title the transmission, decide if you want to enable comments, comments on the game (open microphone), you set a video quality and finally I selected "Start transmitting". To end the transmission, press the "Share" button again.


Real-time streaming with YouTube

To stream your game to YouTube, press the "Share" button on your DualShock controller, select YouTube and enter your login information. Also, as a reflection of the Twitch method, if you want to add a facial reaction camera to your YouTube broadcast, you should still buy a PlayStation Eye camera.

Once you have logged in, modify the settings of your transmission, such as quality, flow title and comments, before pressing the "Start Transmission" button to start the transmission.


Nintendo Switch


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Keep your horses, Link

Do you want to transmit from your Nintendo Switch right out of the box? Pity, there is no official support for the transmission to third party services such as Twitch and YouTube Gaming. It is possible to configure a sequence. But to achieve this, you must buy an external HD capture card, which will have to be connected to a PC, to your TV, and to your switch base.

Also, it can only transmit when it's in docked mode, so keep that in mind too.

A capture card that I would recommend is Elgato's HD60 ($ 179), which you can also use with a PS4 or Xbox One. From there, you must install the transmission software on your PC that supports the capture card you purchased, such as OBS or XSplit.

From any of the transmission applications, you must select your source (the capture card with your connected switch), add your transmission key (if you have decided to use Twitch), set transmission details as video quality and a title, and press the transmit button to start transmitting.

Of the video game consoles of the current generation, Nintendo has made the Switch the most difficult to transmit and reach the audience by far.


Android


YouTube Gaming on Android


YouTube Gaming

It's surprisingly easy to start streaming mobile games from your Android phone to YouTube. First, download the Play Store YouTube Gaming app, select the broadcast button and select the preferred streaming quality (720p HD or 480p). From there, the application will ask if you want to record your game locally or broadcast it live to YouTube.

Once you have made the initial configuration, choose the game you are broadcasting (or scroll down and expand the list to only filter applications you have installed). Give your transmission a title, a description and copy the shared link to send it through your preferred social networks.

Now you can go back to the game you choose, where you will see an overlay that includes shortcuts to the configuration, mute the microphone, turn on / off the front camera, comment and, of course, centralized transmission button.

(Important note: everything you do on the screen will be transmitted to your viewers, including texts, passwords and any personal information that you prefer to keep private, in which case I would recommend using the "No" mode disturb "your Android phone to avoid interrupting your transmission and spilling your beans)

The Twitch route

As with the Nintendo Switch, it is difficult to transmit the game from an Android phone to Twitch. First, register to get a Twitch account from a computer. Next, you must visit the configuration application, go to "About Phone", tap your compilation number 10 times to unlock Developer Options, and from the list of development options, enable USB debugging.

Next, even if you do not have to spend money on an external HD capture card, you'll have to find a decent application to display your phone's screen in a window on your computer. Vysor is an application that can be downloaded and tested for free, but the quality is unsatisfactory. Instead, get the annual subscription of $ 10, which allows you to control the bit rate and resolution, and then thank me.

Now that you have USB debugging enabled, an application to show your phone screen on your PC and a Twitch account (with the sequence key), you will have one more thing to do: download OBS to your desktop. From the OBS application, you can link your Twitch account, webcam, microphone and a video source (the Vysor desktop application). Finally, you can press "transmit" and transmit to Twitch from your Android phone.


iOS



The Mobcrush route (YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, etc.)

If you want to transmit Fortnite from your iPhone, for example, you must access Settings and activate Screen Recording ( which is available for iOS 11+ devices). Next, download the App Store's Mobcrush app, which allows you to redirect your screen recording to the app and then to Twitch.

Although I do not like Mocbrush requiring you to create an account to use the application, you can sign in with your Google, Twitter or Facebook accounts. Please note: if you are using your Facebook account to log in, Mocbrush can automatically link the transmission of Facebook games (if you want to go that route). Regardless of the login method you use to log in to Mocbrush, you will need to separately link a streaming service, such as your Twitch account (with your passcode).

However, we are trying to transmit Fortnite on iOS to Twitch, so go to the Control Center and press and hold the screen recording icon, which will give you the option to choose a compatible application on your phone. Select Mocbrush, enable the "Do not disturb" mode of your iPhone, set the title of your sequence and press the button to transmit.

To stream your iOS game to YouTube, it may reflect the configuration process described for Twitch, but instead sign in with your Google account, select YouTube as your preferred broadcast service, set a broadcast title, save the changes and you will be ready.

The ReplayKit route

Apple's ReplayKit solution allows you to play supported games and iOS applications in real time, but has stricter requirements. Every application that uses ReplayKit to transmit has slightly different steps to launch the ball, but all involve a dedicated share or capture button that you can search that links to a streaming service.

For example, if you want to use ReplayKit to stream live to YouTube, you need at least 100 subscribers and the latest version of the application. If you want to transmit to Twitch, you still need an application or game that supports it, such as Asphalt 8: Airborne.

Also, do not forget to enable "Do Not Disturb Mode". You do not want the notification banners to interfere with the start of your mobile gaming career.

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