With the popularity of gamers wanting to stream their games online rising, anyone can get started with ease, allowing their peers a chance to watch them spill blood or kickass online. Find out how to stream PC games online with Twitch TV.
Stream PC Games Online Using XSplit Broadcaster and Twitch TV
Being a PlayStation gamer for many years, I’ve seen Sony and Microsoft make streaming your live gaming to viewers easy, by using inbuilt apps to access and link services like Twitch TV. Recently I’ve decided to get into PC gaming, and one problem which was made easy for me was the ability to stream my gaming. I know now, some games have this feature built-in already, but what about the games we all love to play that don’t have that support? That’s what got me on the mission to find out, how to start streaming pc games online, and that’s when I came into contact with XSplit Broadcaster. Once it’s all set up and I’ll show you how you’ll be able to stream your gaming to Twitch and other services.
Requirements To Stream PC Games Online
Streaming pc games online isn’t an easy task for a computer to handle. Twitch recommends using an Intel Core i5-4670 or an AMD Equivalent, 8GB DDR3 RAM, Windows 7, or higher. Don’t get discouraged if your system isn’t in the same bracket, there could still be a chance.
Before I switched from PlayStation, I was able to stream my gaming online to Twitch with just the requirements below:
CPU – Intel Quad-Core Q6600 3.2GHz or AMD Equivalent, 4GB DDR2 RAM, and Windows 7.
I do like to keep my rig setups performing the best it can, have a look at how to optimize Windows 7 for better performance.
All I say, if you really want to start streaming pc games online, try it out, what are you going to lose from trying?
Setting Up XSplit Broadcaster
The first thing I want you to do is to head over to XSplit and download the broadcaster for your OS.
When it’s downloaded, open up the setup file and install XSplit Broadcaster to your machine.
If you have an account already go on and sign in, if you haven’t, create an account now.
Next hit ”Continue” so that you accept the XSplit T&C.
Now what we need to do, is to create a Twitch account. Twitch is a gaming streaming website, which a lot of the consoles use as well. Head to Twitch and create your account.
Configure XSplit Broadcaster
Now you’ve got yourself a Twitch account, we can set up XSplit Broadcaster to send our live gaming stream to our new Twitch channel.
From the top menu on XSplit Broadcaster, Select ”Sources –> Game capture –> Auto Detect”.
Now depending on your computers specifications and internet speed, select the desired screen resolution you would like to broadcast in. To do this, click ”640 x 360 @30fps, 100%” in the top right, select ”Resolution” and click on your desired resolution.
You should see the screen below. The white square is your live gaming stream, to make it full screen, drag the bottom corner of it, till it’s at full size of the XSplit Broadcaster window.
Connect XSplit To Twitch TV
To connect XSplit Broadcaster to your Twitch channel, select ”Outputs –> Set up a new output –> Twitch”.
Sign in with your Twitch username and password.
XSplit Broadcaster will configure and test your connection to the Twitch servers. Once it’s finished doing that, you should see the screen below, hopefully with all ticks. When you’re done hit ”Finish”.
If you know what you’re doing with the screen below, continue, if you don’t, all you need to do is select ”OK” to close the Twitch setup process.
Now we’ve set up and connected XSplit Broadcaster to our Twitch channel, if you load up a game or for example Origin, XSplit Broadcaster will automatically detect your gaming, like in the image below. But we need to do one final thing to start broadcasting to our channel.
Select ”Tools” from the top menu and head to ”Settings”. From there select the ”Hotkeys” tab, and double click on ”Start/stop Twitch – (Username) output”. Now press a key you would like to use for starting and stopping your Twitch broadcast. I tend to use F1 but you can use whatever you like. Hit ”Apply –> OK” to save.
Now you’re all set to start live stream gaming on pc to your fans.
Just remember to press the hotkey before and after you game. XSplit will tell you when you’re streaming pc games online or not.
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