When you’re getting started on Twitch, you might think you need a $4,000 computer with a top of the line microphone and camera.
While those things definitely help make a great Twitch stream, you don’t need them to get started. In fact, you might already have everything you need to stream on Twitch!
So, what exactly do you need to start streaming? Here are the must-haves:
Everything You Need to Stream on Twitch
A Computer or Console
You don’t need the latest, greatest computer to start streaming on Twitch. Most mid-range computers will get the job done and with the right streaming software, you can even stream from a Mac.
If you want to make sure your computer can handle streaming, Twitch recommends Intel Core i5-4670 or AMD Equivalent with 8GB DDR3 SDRAM and Windows 7 or later.
You can also stream to Twitch from Xbox One or PS4 so if you prefer console gaming. You don’t necessarily need a computer to stream! Even your phone can work these days.
Fast Internet Connection
If you want to have a high-quality stream, a fast internet connection isn’t optional.
While lots of streamers aim for 1080p streams, you don’t have to strive for that. 720p streams are perfectly fine. Your ideal resolution should be 1280 x 720 with 60fps.
To stream consistently with these parameters, you’ll need an upload speed of about 3.6 Mbps. If you have decent broadband internet, you probably already have these speeds.
You’ll need to use streaming software to stream to Twitch from a desktop. There are a lot of streaming software options on the market but at TRUstreaming, we recommend Streamlabs OBS.
It’s a free open source streaming software that helps optimize your stream and reduces your CPU usage so you always have a professional stream. StreamLabs OBS is also very easy for beginners to understand.
You probably have a gaming headset with a microphone, but we don’t recommend using that to stream on Twitch. Audio is a huge part of your Twitch stream, so you want it to be crisp and clear (people need to understand what you’re saying!)
For the best audio, you’ll want to invest in a good standalone mic. You can find great microphones for under $100, with some solid options as low as $20! The Blue Yeti is the go-to USB streamer microphone.
Check out this video to learn more about the Blue Yeti.
A Webcam (optional)
Your video stream is another big part of your Twitch channel, so it’s worth investing in a good camera. But you don’t need to spend thousands on a top-of-the-line DSLR, and we actually don’t recommend that.
There are great webcams for under $100 that will give you a nice high def stream. Some cameras even come with built-in lighting to ensure your video is always well-lit.
We highly reccomend the Logitech c920 when starting out. It’s affordable, high-quality, and still used even by top streamers. Click here to learn more about it.
Your Game of Choice
Obviously you’ll need a game to stream! If you’re not sure which game or games you want to play on your channel, we have some tips on choosing the right game to set yourself up for success on Twitch.
Ideally, you want to choose a game that is both:
- Not too oversaturated on Twitch
- Something you are passionate about playing for long amounts of time
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