In recent years we have seen a massive rise in the number of people who watch streamers. Slowly, but surely we are seeing the more traditional forms of entertainment such as television or movies being replaced by live-streaming gamers and entertainers.
As streaming soars in popularity it is no surprise more people are trying to get in on the action. Every day we see more hopeful gamers take to Twitch to try blaze a trail and gain as many subscribers as they can.
But not everyone is destined for streaming fame. It is a difficult field to break into, as with any creative endeavor. But the biggest aspect of streaming success sits not with your attitude or content, but with your technology.
There are a number of reasons you need to have the top-quality tech for your stream. The main reason is, of course, content quality. No one wants to watch a video or a stream that is running at low-resolution recorded on a rubbish camera.
If you want to be taken seriously, you need to present yourself seriously. It may mean you have to invest more money into your stream, but it will pay off when you slowly start gaining followers. To that end, let us look through a list of all the tech you will need.
The most important part of the streaming process is the camera. You want to present yourself to your audience and you will need a good quality camera to do that. You want a camera that will capture you in HD and 4K if possible. More and more people are moving towards having 4K capable screens and systems. So you want to keep up with the current trends to stay on top.
A Powerful PC
Now you might be thinking you could get by as a console streamer. And that is possible in terms of the games you play. But you will want to actually run your stream off your PC. To that end, you need to have a powerful PC that is able to Livestream without slowing down its systems and also run any extra programs you need such as overlays, audio players, and discord.
If you are a PC gamer, you will need to make sure your PC is upgraded with the best processor and graphics card. You need to be able to play games on the highest graphics setting without stuttering or lag. So keeping your PC up-to-date is vital.
Arguably as important as the camera, a microphone is what allows you to communicate with your viewers. So it is vital that you choose a high quality microphone for streaming. No one wants to listen to crackly audio that cuts out at random intervals. So make sure you do some research and find the mic that will work best for your voice tone and register.
Alongside this, you will want to invest in a high-quality gaming headset as well. If you are playing your games through speakers, they will just feedback into your mic and ruin your stream audio. You want a good quality headset that is comfortable and produces clean, crisp audio.
If you are planning to stream any content from a gaming console, you will need a capture card. These devices let your PC connect directly to your console and stream everything as if it was being played on the PC.
Capture cards are a mainstay of the streamer toolkit. They are versatile, working on most consoles and regular television sets as well. It will allow you to open up your content repertoire and vary your streaming content regularly.
Be careful when purchasing one. The market is full of cheap capture cards that will slow down the visual input massively. You need to invest in a high-end capture card if you want to succeed.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you make a start on your streaming set-up. The most important bit of advice we can offer you is to have fun with it. Commit to it and invest in it and your stream will soon gather a respectable following.