This is the first blog on How to Start Streaming. I could start off by making a list of requirements or tell you that there are quite a lot of things you need to think about. Which I will both do in later blogs but the thing you should start off with is just doing it to be honest. Just start streaming! Turn on your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and stream your gameplay while commenting through the microphone you received with your console. Anyone can do it!
I’m a perfectionist as I like to do everything right and in the best way from the start. This kept me from trying out streaming for almost a year while I gathered information on how to do it the best way possible. When I got to the point at which I actually started streaming I invested a lot of time and money in my setup. To this day I have put a lot more effort in my preparation than in actual streaming. Preparation is indeed important but it’s more important to get a feeling with streaming.
Your first stream (from PlayStation 4 or Xbox One)
Anyone with a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and a decent internet connection can easily setup a Twitch-stream from their console and if you like to start streaming this is the best place to start. The requirements for a desktop are kind of harsh and require a lot more preparation to get it up and running as you need additional software like Open Broadcaster Software(OBS) or Xsplit. So go and create an accountant on Twitch and boot up your console.
PlayStation 4 has the easier setup of the both as it just requires you to press the Share-button on your DUALSHOCK 4 controller. Login to Twitch and start streaming, it’s that simple! If you have a PlayStation 4 Camera you can add the camera feed and you can use the microphone you received with your PlayStation 4 to comment during your gameplay. For more detailed information on Twitch-broadcasting through PlayStation 4 you can check the official information on Twitch.
On Xbox One you have to enter the store to download the Twitch-app. After downloading the app you can start it up, log in and link your Twitch-account to your Xbox Live-gamertag. You can now select broadcast in the Twitch-app which will open a broadcasting dashboard. You can “Enable Microphone” for adding commentary and “Enable Kinect” to add a live Webcam-feed to your stream. Xbox One does seem to have more troubles when setting things up so Twitch.tv has a whole page on troubleshooting when streaming from Xbox One. Be sure to check this out as it requires quite a lot of setting to be checked and put correctly. This is still a lot easier then streaming from a desktop tho!
Your first viewers
The thing I found out when streaming from either Xbox One or PlayStation 4 is that you really quickly get a couple of viewers. I feel like both Xbox and PlayStation 4 actually help you out by pointing viewers that want to watch the game your playing in your direction so be sure to talk to your viewers and ask them what they want you to do. Interacting with your audience is one of the most important things to do when gamestreaming and while it will take some time before you get some returning viewers it’s good to experience this vital part from the start. Don’t be let down if you have nobody watching you at first tho, it happens!
Just do it!
So you just gave away your first performance! Good thing you did. Did you like it? If you did and you got yourself a couple of follower’s gamestreaming might be a thing for you. Try it a couple of more times and see if the joy stays as going about this seriously will take a lot of effort and time. The most important part about streaming your gameplay is that you are having fun while doing so. Don’t think you can instantly start earning money either as that’s an utopia to be honest. Earning money should never ever be your starting goal! Stream for fun and when you are getting to hang of it start by investing more time in preparing and upping the quality of your stream. In the coming months you will find a lot of information on How to Start Streaming on how to do this! What was your first experience with streaming? Let us know in the comments below.