Your complete guide to learning how to stream games

A collection of all the information you could possibly need for learning how to stream games.

Learning how to stream games as a content creator doesn't need to be as intimidating as it might appear. You’ll need to make some choices when it comes which platform to stream on and, yes, there’s lots of technical jargon to understand. So let us help you out with a collection of guides that should explain all the basics to you. Just pick your platforms of choice below and you should be able to get your first stream running in no time. But first of all, if you're not entirely aware of what you're doing, check out this beginner's guide to what live streaming is.

Streaming Gear

The first thing you'll need to get started streaming as a content creator is gear. Specifically, the right gaming and tech gear. Check through our guide below to grab the essentials for live streaming so that you can begin planning your broadcasts.

Streaming gear for content creators

Streaming Platforms

Complete guide to learning how to stream games twitch vs youtube
 

There are a number of different platforms to stream on, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The biggest and most robust options are still Twitch and YouTube. To find out more about each, and which might be the best for you, you can check out dedicated guides to how to stream on them here:

Twitch

YouTube

Streaming Consoles

Complete guide to streaming games consoles

Each console has a different way of streaming your gameplay. Some have built-in streaming and recording systems, while others require a little more work. For an overview of how to stream from each console, check out these articles:

Nintendo Switch

PS5

PS4

Xbox Series X/S

Streaming Tips

You might have all the gear already, but there are also a number of content creator industry tips worth knowing that you might not be aware of. With all the technical knowledge involved in setting up for broadcasting, it’s easy to miss out on simple systems that can make your streaming life easier. Check out these guides for that extra info:

Setting up a Discord for streaming

How to capture gameplay on Nintendo Switch

That's everything you could ever need to know about learning how to stream games. But if you've found anything you're struggling with, let us know and we'll find you a solution.

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