How to Start Streaming [2020 Guide]

There’s almost no barrier to entry when to start streaming. Many companies have begun to develop high end products specifically geared towards video game streamers. However, when first starting to stream stuff like a green screen, mic buffer, or an HD camera are all things you don’t need to start. Luxury = yes, but a Necessity = no.

How to Stream on PC

  1. An account with the platform you want to stream on;
  2. A PC with at least 8GB of RAM, Windows 7, and an Intel i5 or AMD of equivalent power. When starting out a dual PC setup is not needed.
  3. Broadcasting software, such as OBS.

Both Playstation and Xbox have dedicated APP’s within the console for you to stream directly from your console.

How to Stream on Nintendo Switch

  1. Buy a capture card.
  2. Hook up the Elgato to your Switch dock and your TV.
    connect to the Switch through the dock’s HDMI-out port
  3. Connect the Elgato to a PC.
  4. Create a Twitch account.
  5. Link your account to the Elgato software.
  6. Get third-party streaming software.

streaming software
Streaming Program 2019

Best Broadcasting Software to Stream

OBS (Open Broadcaster Software)

Open Broadcaster Software is completely free and open-source. OBS works on Windows, macOS and Linux. It’s very light and versatile. You can’t go wrong with using OBS to stream on Twitch or Mixer.


XSplit is a live streaming software that has been on Steam since 2016. Xsplit is a great option to use as Broadcasting software when streaming.


Wirecast is a live video streaming production tool by Telestream. It allows users to create live or on-demand broadcasts for the web.


vMix is a software vision mixer available for the Windows operating system. The software is developed by StudioCoast PTY LTD. Like most vision mixing software, it allows users to control mixing, switching, recording and livestreaming of cameras, videos files, audio, and more, in resolutions of up to 4K.