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If you’re a serious gamer, chances are you’ve watched some recorded gameplay on streaming services such...
If you’re a serious gamer, chances are you’ve watched some recorded gameplay on streaming services such as Twitch to learn how to beat certain levels, or simply to marvel at the speedruns (Super Mario 3 in 10:38 is insane). You may have considered broadcasting your own session, too, in order to display your reputedly ill skills, which may or may not be enough to pay the bills.
Turns out, you can (broadcast, not pay bills-- get a job, you slacker), even if you aren’t uber-technical. Here are 7 methods to get you started on Twitch.
Before you get all hot and bothered with the recording, you should make sure that you have the necessary hardware. This is really for PC users, because the quality of your recording will depend on how powerful your computer is. At minimum, you need an i5-2500K processor with 8 Gigs of memory. You also need to sign up for a Twitch account (duh).
This is a pretty popular software for PC gamers on Windows 7, mostly because it’s simple to use and has built-in Twitch support. It’s not free, however, so first-timers who aren’t too concerned with quality might want to check out the next suggestion. There is a free trial you can use before paying the $39.95 per year for a personal license.
This is freeware, and it’s really simple to use. It supports live or recorded streaming, and has a ton of cool functions, although the quality is not as good as Xsplit. But hey, you really shouldn’t complain since it’s free. You can always switch.
This is another free, but less prevalent, software for recording gameplay with built-in Twitch support. It allows seamless video and audio recording from multiple sources. You have the option to go live by selecting ManyCam as the video and audio source from Twitch, or you can simply upload a recorded file.
As expected, it’s a little more complicated to setup recording and streaming from a Mac, but it’s still doable (and free!) with these two cooperative applications. CamTwist records, while Flash Media Live Encoder and/or QuickTime Broadcaster enables the file to be uploaded on Twitch. It takes some tweaking, so be patient.
5. Xbox One
Twitch struck a bargain with Microsoft while the Xbox One was being developed that allows you to download a Twitch app directly to the console, enabling in-console recording and streaming. All Xbox One players have to do is to set the options to “Allow broadcasts and Game DVR Uploads.” Simple and sweet.
Twitch stuck a similar deal with Sony to include Twitch as one of the online services that PS4 gamers can use directly from their consoles. Recorded or streamed gameplay is as simple as hitting the “Broadcast Gameplay” button. It’s limited to 15 minute increments, however, so be ready to hit pause every quarter hour.
It’s possible to record and broadcast Twitch from within certain games without the need for any additional software. These games are usually cloud-based or those with online platforms, including, of course, all the games found on the Twitch website.
There you have it, a plethora of ways to gain notoriety for your gaming skills. If you have any questions, suggestions, or violent reactions, please feel free to share them in the comments section.