Essential Gear for Beginner Twitch Streamers
If you are ready to start streaming on Twitch or another platform like Mixer or YouTube, your biggest questions or concerns are probably centered around what kind of gear or equipment you’ll need. While some of the biggest names on Twitch and Mixer have invested thousands of dollars in gear, it’s important to know that when you’re first launching your live stream, you don’t need to invest a ton of money to get started.
Gear for Console Streaming on Twitch
Streaming with a Switch, PS4, or XBox One is a bit easier for beginners. Sony even included a ‘share’ button on the PS4 controller and you probably already have the Twitch app on your XBox One. However, if you want a step up from the basics, you’ll want a capture card that connects to your PC or Mac. While it makes the process a little more complicated, you’ll have a higher quality stream to show for it, and you’ll bypass a lot of the glitches and issues that may come from streaming directly through your console.
The only other equipment you’ll need is a mic, and you can go with either a USB mic or a headset. If you choose headset, you’ll want to step up the one that came with your console.
Gear for Twitch Streaming on PC
If you’re a PC gamer, you’ll need a little more to get started. The first thing, of course is the PC or Mac itself, and you’re going to need to focus on two things: a processor that can easily keep up with your game and stream and a graphics card that provides a clear, clean picture that viewers (and you) will love watching.
Additionally, you’ll need a webcam and a mic. This is where it’s easy to want to spend a lot of money, but we find the best setup is with a Logitech C920 webcam paired with a Blue Yeti mic. You’ll get clean, crisp audio and video while sticking to your budget.
Watch Our Streaming Tutorial to Learn More!
To get our recommendations on capture cards, processors, and more watch the video and let our resident tech pro, Whiteshadow, determine the streaming setup you need to get started! Also, be sure to join us on Twitch for the Stream Key Podcast live every Friday at 11 a.m. EST for the latest news in live streaming!