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Having the proper streaming equipment is essential to any aspiring and current streamer. If you don’t have a good streaming setup, chances are people aren’t going to watch your stream. This is why even the biggest streamers constantly upgrade and change their setup.
Different streamers have different equipment needs. We’ll discuss the best streaming equipment for all types of streamers and budgets. Join us as we jump into an in-depth guide on the best streaming equipment for all kinds of streamers.
Several factors can greatly affect the overall stream performance. Sometimes, these things can be hardware-related, software-related, and even just your general mood. So let’s talk about each factor and how they affect the overall stream performance, and how you can improve them.
First off, let’s talk about audio quality. It can be hard to watch a stream that has terrible audio quality. You always want to hear what the streamer says at a comfortable volume. As a streamer, your job is to entertain people. If people can’t properly hear what you are saying while streaming, then they’ll most likely switch to a different streamer.
Make sure that you get a good external microphone since those that come with webcams or headsets usually aren’t that great. Additionally, make sure that you choose the right audio source on your streaming software. Sometimes, streamers can make the mistake of selecting their webcam or headset microphone as their primary source, which can result in bad sound quality.
You should also be streaming in a quiet room. Eliminate any background noises and properly position your microphone so that your audience can hear you. Finally, make sure that audio from games, music, or video isn’t too loud and that you can still be heard loud and clear.
Next up, we have the video quality. What’s the use of a stream that doesn’t have good quality visuals? It doesn’t matter if you stream with a face cam or not, as long as you have some decent video quality.
When it comes to video quality, it generally depends on how powerful your PC is and the video encoder you use. If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, you can take advantage of their powerful NVENC encoder to help provide better quality streams.
You’ll also want to ensure that you have enough internet bandwidth to support your chosen stream quality. Generally, an upload speed of 13 to 15 Mbps should be more than enough for 1080p quality and around 5 to 7 Mbps for 720p.
If you have powerful enough components, you can also increase the video framerate and bitrate from your streaming software. Here’s a quick bitrate and FPS guide that you can follow:
Make sure to experiment with your settings to find out the best bitrate and FPS values for your current hardware.
When it comes to lighting, sometimes a room light just isn’t enough. It wouldn’t be a nice stream if your audience could barely see your face. If your audience can barely see your face, you’re probably better off not including a face cam in the first place.
There are a few different lighting options that you can choose from. Most streamers generally use softboxes, LED light panels, or ring lights. These lighting equipment ranges in pricing, making it easier for you to find one that fits your needs and budget.
You can also try streaming near a window to get some natural light if you stream during the day. This can help if you’re a little tight on money and can’t afford to buy an extra light. Just make sure that your microphone doesn’t pick up any noise outside your house.
Aside from hardware and software, some more personal and human aspects can also affect your overall stream quality. These things tend to affect how your audience enjoys and views your streams.
Other aspects include your mood, the game you play, talking to chat, how much you talk about your game, and your energy, among other things. If the people watching you think that you aren’t in a good mood or aren’t enjoying the game, they won’t like your stream.
Additionally, no one will like you if you aren’t engaging and talking with your chat. Most streamers get famous because of their game skills and their loving and entertaining personality.
If you don’t feel like streaming, it’s probably best to just skip a day or two for yourself. It’s common for streamers and content creators to take short vacations and breaks to refresh their mindset.
You should also be streaming a game you love instead of a popular one. Look for a game you like that has a decent viewership. Being genuine with your feelings about the game can help you attract viewers who share the same passion.
Next, we’ll discuss the different streaming equipment that fits your daily streaming needs. Pokimane’s streaming setup wouldn’t make too much sense if you only stream casually. So here are some tips that can help you pick the best streaming gear for you.
Streaming gear for casual streamers can be quite tricky to determine. Casual streamers generally have jobs or classes to attend during the day. This leaves them with a limited time to stream.
For most casual streamers, budget-oriented equipment should be more than enough. As long as your viewers can see and hear you clearly, you should be good to go.
The Razer Seiren Mini and the Logitech HD Webcam C310 make for a good and cheap combination that provides a good watching experience for your audience. This whole setup shouldn’t cost you more than $100, perfect for casuals and beginners starting off their streaming career.
Of course, feel free to adjust your budget and get better quality streaming gear if you can afford it.
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Seasoned streamers should already have a relatively good streaming setup. The best way to choose new gear is to upgrade your current ones and try more professional-grade streaming equipment.
If you’re still using a USB microphone, you can try exploring some XLR options to improve your stream’s audio. Additionally, you can also try transitioning from a webcam to a full-on video camera to enhance your video quality.
Finally, you can also buy some new streaming accessories to help make streaming easier for you. Getting a green screen or something like the Elgato Stream Deck can help you take your streaming setup to the next level.
For Twitch Affiliates, it can be quite hard to find better streaming gear since they already have outstanding ones. Once you become a Twitch Affiliate, you are already a relatively successful streamer. You already have some consistent viewers and can earn revenue from Twitch.
As a Twitch streamer, your job is to consistently entertain your audience. Getting amazing quality microphones and video cameras is essential. Something like the Shure SM7B and a DSLR camera will help you upgrade your stream.
Looking for a proper light kit with softboxes or LED panels will also help your visual clarity. Also, make sure to have a great background with matching lights as well. But don’t go overboard. You should still be the main centerpiece.
Additionally, make sure to invest in extra monitors so that you can monitor both your stream and chat while playing your game. Finally, you’ll also want to get a dedicated streaming PC to provide your audience with the highest quality stream you can.
Since influencers generally focus on things like lifestyle, sketches, vlogs, and other things, they require less elaborate streaming setups. I definitely suggest getting a ring light with a holder in the middle to level up your streaming game.
If you’re streaming on a PC, you can also get a great quality USB microphone like the Elgato Wave 3 that you can use on a desk or on the go. As an influencer, you should generally get some portable streaming equipment so that you can stream no matter where you are.
Now let’s move on to the best streaming equipment according to type. This is your all-in-one guide for everything you’ll need to start your streaming setup. We’ve divided the equipment according to type to help you choose gear step-by-step. This section includes microphones, cameras, lighting, green screens, and everything else that you’ll need.
Starting off, we have the audio streaming equipment. We divided the audio streaming equipment into USB, XLR, lavalier, and dynamic sections. Each section will feature items that fit every budget to ensure that you can pick one that fits your streaming needs.
Our budget pick is the reliable Razer Seiren Mini. It’s a super small and compact USB microphone that doesn’t break the bank. It’s a condenser microphone with a super-cardioid polar pattern, a 20 – 20 kHz frequency response, and a sensitivity of -35 dB.
It’s a perfect entry-level microphone and works flawlessly right out of the box. The Seiren Mini also comes in black, white, and pink, so you can pick one that matches your entire setup. It’s a great upgrade from the built-in microphone of your gaming headset that has an affordable price.
Next, we have an amazing RGB microphone that can fit in any streaming setup. The HyperX QuadCast S is a studio-grade microphone with a clean and unique look. It’s one of the only microphones that integrates the RGB lighting flawlessly.
The HyperX QuadCast S is a fantastic condenser microphone supporting four different polar patterns, a 20 – 20 kHz frequency range, and a -36 dB sensitivity. It’s a little on the expensive side at $159.99, but it’ll surely catch your viewer’s eyes because of its beautiful RGB lighting.
We chose the Shure MV7 is the best USB microphone. It’s inspired by its legendary brother, the Shure SM7B. This old but reliable XLR microphone is very popular among different streamers. The Shure MV7 also shares a similar body type to the SM7B.
The Shure MV7 is a dynamic cardioid microphone with a frequency range of 50 to 16 kHz and a sensitivity of -55 dB. One of the best things about the Shure MV7 is that it supports both USB and XLR connections. This means that you can use it out of the box via USB or customize it further through its XLR connection. It’s a great microphone for a professional streamer and will surely last you a long time.
Our budget pick is the Audio Technica AT2020 XLR microphone. Audio-Technica is a well-known audio company that offers some state-of-the-art equipment with the great build quality. At its $99.99 price, the AT2020 provides great value as a cheap XLR microphone option.
The AT2020 is a condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern, a frequency of 20 – 20 kHz, and a sensitivity of -37 dB. It’s one of the cheapest available XLR microphones that comes from a recognizable brand. It’s a great entry-level XLR microphone if you want to have better control over your audio.
Initially, we were considering the Rode Podcaster for our mid-range pick. However, since the Rode Procaster is usually on sale for around $229, it provides a better value. It’s a professional microphone that’s tailored specifically for capturing your voice.
The Rode Procaster makes for a great streaming microphone because it’s a dynamic microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. It also has a frequency response of 75 – 18 kHz and a sensitivity of -56 dB. It’s an excellent microphone that’ll capture your voice perfectly, no matter if you’re streaming, podcasting, or just recording.
The Shure SM7B is hands down one of the best XLR microphones that money can buy. It’s a popular microphone among the top streamers because of its great build quality, superb sound output, and just its overall reliability.
It’s a dynamic microphone with a cardioid polar pattern, a 50 – 20 kHz frequency, and a sensitivity of -59 dB. It also has a sleek and minimalistic design that easily matches your streaming setup. The Shure SM7B is definitely not for everyone because of its $359.00 price. But that’s the price you have to pay if you want the best.
Lavalier microphones are a quick and easy way to get better audio while streaming on the go. Unfortunately, a lot of them can be quite expensive. But the Rode Lavalier GO has got your back. It’s a professional-grade wearable microphone that doesn’t break the bank.
The Rode Lavalier GO is a condenser microphone with an omnidirectional polar pattern, a 20 – 20 kHz frequency range, and a -35 dB sensitivity. It’s a great microphone for recording IRL content on Twitch and streaming outside.
Next, we have a wireless microphone system with the Shure BLX14/CVL. Wireless microphone systems can be a bit tricky to set up, but they are surely convenient. Even though the Shure BLX14/CVL is wireless, it still captures great quality audio.
The Shure BLX14/CVL is a condenser cardioid microphone with a frequency response of 60 to 12 kHz. It’s a complete set with a receiver and a transmitter that can provide up to 14 hours of continuous use through two AA batteries.
The Rode RodeLink set is one of the best lavalier microphones available in the market. It comes in at a whopping price of $399.00. The RodeLink is one of the best ones at a reasonable price, especially since more lavalier microphones out there can easily go over $1000.
The RodeLink microphone is a condenser with an omnidirectional polar pattern, a 20 – 20 kHz frequency range, and a sensitivity of -33.5 dB. It also has an OLED display showing the battery level, status, mute, and channels.
The Audio-Technica AT2040 is a great dynamic microphone for under $100. Dynamic microphones are usually more robust and less sensitive to background noise. It also produces a warm sound boosting lower audio ranges.
It uses an XLR connection which gives you more control over how it sounds through a mixer. The AT2040 has a hyper-cardioid polar pattern, a frequency response of 80 -16 kHz, and a sensitivity of -53 dB. The Audio-Technica AT2040 is a great entry-level dynamic microphone for under $100.
The MV7X is another amazing microphone from Shure. It’s one of Shure’s cheaper microphone offerings but is still perfect for recording and streaming. It also has a similar clean and sleek look to its brothers, the SM7B, and the MV7.
The Shure MV7X is a dynamic XLR microphone with a cardioid polar pattern, supports a frequency of 50 to 16 kHz, and a sensitivity of -55 dB. It’s currently marked down from its MSRP of $179.00 and is currently available for $149.00. It’s a massive steal at its price and is a great option if you’re in the market for an excellent dynamic streaming microphone.
We have another Audio-Technica product on our list, this time, it’s the Audio-Technica BP40. The BP40 is a premium microphone built for perfectly capturing your vocals with a rich and natural tone.
The Audio-Technica BP40 is a dynamic microphone with a large-diaphragm to help improve its sound quality. It has a hyper-cardioid polar pattern with a frequency response of 50 to 16 kHz and a sensitivity of -48 dB. It’s an excellent microphone if you’re willing to spend some big money.
The Blue Snowball iCE USB microphone is a legendary budget-friendly microphone. The mic is basically synonymous with “budget” at this point. It allows you to upgrade your streaming setup for a low price.
It’s a condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern and a frequency range of 40 to 18 kHz. The Blue Snowball iCE is one of the most recommended microphones that you can pick up if you are on a very tight budget.
Elgato is most known for its incredible Stream Deck product, a fantastic addition to any streaming setup. However, Elgato has since expanded its product lines and added other premium streaming equipment for streamers to enjoy.
The Elgato Wave: 3 is a premium condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern, a frequency range of 70 to 20 kHz, and a sensitivity of -25 dB. It also uses a USB C interface and is packed with a lot of features, like a multifunction dial, support for effects, and Elgato’s own wave link app.
For the best condenser microphone, we chose the Blue Yeti Pro mic. It is Blue’s top-of-the-line microphone offering and is a versatile microphone that provides high-quality audio. It supports both XLR and USB connections making it perfect for a veteran or casual streamers.
The Blue Yeti Pro supports four different polar patterns, namely cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, and stereo. It also has a frequency range of 20 to 20 kHz and a sensitivity of -47 dB.
The video streaming equipment mostly pertains to the type of camera that you will use when streaming. This is a significant factor that affects the quality of your video. This section is divided into webcams, DSLR, action cameras, and camcorders. We’ll help you choose the correct type to use for your needs.
The Razer Kiyo X was released in October and is among the newest webcams provided by Razer. It has a small and compact design that can perfectly sit at the top of your monitor or be mounted on a tripod.
It can support up to 1080p/ 30 fps recording, has an 82° field of view, and has a 2.1 MP camera. It’s available for $79.99 and is a great entry-level webcam for new streamers.
Logitech is a brand known for its amazing gaming peripherals. Now, their slowly creating more products aimed at streaming and content creation. The Logitech StreamCam is one of those products.
The Logitech StreamCam is a premium webcam that supports 1080p/ 60 fps video, a FOV of 78°, with a 2.1 MP shooter. Additionally, it also has an autofocus lens that automatically keeps you in focus no matter how far or near you are from the camera. It’s also one of the few cameras that directly connect using USB Type-C which provides a faster and more efficient connection.
Finally, we have the Dell UltraSharp webcam available for just under $200. This camera has an amazing Sony Starvis sensor that is also used in some Sony DSLR cameras. It’s one of the world’s most intelligent 4K webcams and provides crispy clear video quality.
The Dell UltraSharp webcam supports recording at 4K/ 30fps, offers 65, 78, or 90 FOV, and an 8.3 MP camera. Additionally, it also has smart features such as auto light correction, noise reduction, autofocus, and auto-framing. It’s definitely quite expensive, but it’s one of the best 4K webcams in the market that fulfills your daily work or streaming needs.
DSLR cameras are generally more expensive than other cameras. The Canon EOS M200 is one of the cheapest good quality DSLR cameras that you can find. It was released in 2019 but, it’s still an amazing camera to get today.
The Canon EOS M200 supports up to 4K 24 fps recording and has an APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) CMOS sensor with a 24.1 MP resolution and a 3” flip-up display. It’s one of the very few entry-level DSLR cameras that supports up to 4K recording.
Next, we have the Sony A7 II. It’s the world’s first full-frame camera with 5-axis image stabilization, making it perfect for vlogging or streaming IRL content.
The Sony A7 II goes up to 1080p 60 fps, and has a full-frame (35.8 x 23.9mm) Exmor CMOS sensor with a 24.3 MP resolution and a 3” display. It’s one of the cheapest full-frame cameras available and provides great image and video quality.
Finally, we have the Panasonic Lumix GH5. The Lumix GH5 is part of Panasonic’s GH series of cameras that are all known to produce excellent image quality.
The Panasonic Lumix GH5 supports 4K 60 fps recording and has a four-thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) CMOS sensor with a 20.3 MP resolution, and a 3” rotating screen. It’s a big investment to make, so take your time to think before buying this camera.
Our first pick for the best streaming action cameras is the Akson V50 Pro. The Akson V50 Pro is a superb action camera that can go toe-to-toe with your daily activities.
It supports up to 4K 30 fps, is a 20 MP camera, and has a 2” IPS touch screen display. It also has features such as electronic image stabilization (EIS) and adjustable angles, making it easier to capture everything you do. It’s currently available on Amazon for $119.99.
The DJI Action 2 is a small but powerful action camera that is designed with versatility and flexibility in mind. It’s a compact camera with tons of additional modules such as a touchscreen, magnetic headband, ball-joint adapter, macro lens, and many others.
It’s a 12 MP camera with support for up to 4K 120 fps and an attachable 1.76” touchscreen module. The DJI Action 2 is perfect for active streamers with energetic lifestyles. The DJI Action 2’s price starts at $399 for the basic kit.
Finally, we have the action camera brand that started it all, the GoPro. The GoPro Hero 10 is one of the best action cameras that GoPro offers. It’s a fantastic piece of hardware with tons of different features built for action.
The GoPro Hero 10 has a 23 MP shooter, with support for up to an unreal 5.3K 60 fps videos, and has two screens with a 2.27” in the back and a smaller 1.4” in the front. It’s hands down one of the best action cameras you can buy that’s perfect for streaming on the go.
Starting off our camcorders section is the Canon VIXIA HF R80. It’s a cheap but reliable camcorder that allows you to record HD-quality videos on the go. It’s an oldie but a goldie.
The Canon VIXIA HF R80 has a 1/ 4.85” sensor that’s 3.28 MP and supports up to 1080p 60 fps video recording. The VIXIA HF R80 is the perfect camcorder for beginners because of its low price and excellent video quality.
Next up, we have the Panasonic HC-V770. The HC-V770 has everything that you need to get started when it comes to streaming. It’s very light and also comes with a relatively cheap price tag.
The Panasonic HC-V770 has a 1/ 2.3” BSI MOS sensor that’s 12.76 MP and supports a maximum resolution of 1080p 50 fps. It also has an external mic input allowing you to add a better one to capture better audio.
Finally, we have the Sony FDRAX53/B. The Sony FDRAX53/B is the most expensive camcorder on this list, but it definitely has the specs to back it up.
The camera has a 1/ 2.5” CMOS sensor, 8.29 MP, and supports up to 4K 30 fps video recording. It provides crispy clear video quality that allows you to capture every moment and share it with your stream.
Softboxes are generally better for indoor use. They provide good control, shape, and direction of the light better than other traditional lighting methods. Softboxes are rectangular in form and make a fantastic source of natural-looking light.
One disadvantage of Softboxes is that they are generally bigger and take a little longer to set up than the other lighting methods. They can also be quite expensive, depending on the type of kit you are planning to buy.
The Walk Fly Softbox Photography Lighting Kit is one of the cheapest kits you can get. It has energy-efficient bulbs with a max color temperature of 5500 K and power consumption of 135 W. It’s a perfect kit to buy if you simply want to try out softboxes as your main lighting source.
The Mountdog 1350W Photography kit is a great cheap softbox kit that comes in sets of two or three softboxes. It has a max color temperature of 5500 K, power consumption of 95 W, and a price tag of a little over $100 for the complete set of 3 softboxes.
We’re moving on to a more premium softbox kit, the Fovitec 3-Light Fluorescent Studio Lighting Kit. It’s a relatively more expensive kit available for $165.00. The Fovitec kit has a max color temperature of 5500 K and a 45 W power consumption.
One major advantage of LED light panels is their insane flexibility and versatility when in use. They take up little space because they are usually slim and produce excellent quality light, especially when used indoors.
Additionally, some LED light panels also offer other colors, have high brightness, and can be used for a long time. They can be quite expensive, which is one of their main downsides.
The Neewer Dimmable 176 LED Light Kit is the cheapest LED light panel on this list at only $62.99. The whole panel is composed of 176 LEDs with a lifespan of 50,000 hours. It has a max brightness of 1320 lumens, a color temperature of 5600 K, and consumes 11 W of power.
The Lume Cube Broadcast Lighting Kit is a great mid-range option that’s perfect for smaller studios and rooms. It’s available for $99.99, and has a max temperature of 5600 K and a max brightness of 1080 lux at 0.5 M. It’s a great kit to use that’s most effective when placed near you.
Finally, we have the Elgato Key Light. It’s quite expensive at $199.99 but, you’re honestly paying for the quality and the brand. It has a max color temperature of 7000 K, consumes 45 W of power, and can go up to 2800 lumens. It’s one of the best-LED light panels for professional streamers.
Ring lights provide a great light source and help emphasize facial features and details in photos and videos. They provide a soft light that evenly spreads across your face. Ring lights are also easy to use and set up, making them perfect for mobile streamers.
Also, ring lights come in different sizes and colors, making them more flexible overall. Unfortunately, ring lights can be quite bulky and harder to store, especially the larger ones due to their circular shape.
The UBeesize 10” LED Ring Light is a great starting light source to get. It’s very cheap but still has some great features. It has a color temperature range of 3000 K to 6000 K, has touch controls, and even has a handy Bluetooth remote. All are available for only $39.99.
The Angler Bi-Color LED Ring Light is a fantastic mid-range option. It’s composed of 240 SMD LEDs, has a color temperature range of 3200 K to 5600 K, a max brightness of 1207 lux @ 3 inches, and a 50,000-hour light life. The Angler Bi-Color 18” light is currently available for $149.00.
The Elgato Ring Light is the counterpart to Elgato’s LED light panel. It offers the same premium build quality and light quality in a different form factor. It has a max color temperature of 7000 K, max brightness of 2500 lumens, and consumes about 45 W of power. It’s quite expensive at $199.99, but it’s a very popular choice among streamers.
Green screens are great tools to have in any streamer’s arsenal. It allows you to change your background to a specific theme or even immerse yourself within your gameplay. They are easy ways to cleanly set up a digital background in your stream.
They are quite easy to set up and are relatively cheap compared to other streaming accessories. But, one disadvantage is that they can look bad if there is no adequate lighting.
The EMART Green Screen Backdrop Kit is a $61.99 green screen kit that comes with the backdrop, some clips, and a portable T-shaped mount. It’s has a 5 ft x 7 ft size that should be enough to fit your whole body with a little bit of extra space.
The Neewer 3 Colors Backdrop Kit includes three different screen colors. The colors included are black, white, and green, allowing you to choose neutral colors if you want. It’s quite light at 3.47 kg, with a 1.8 m x 2.8 m size, and is made of muslin material.
Finally, we have the Elgato Green Screen. It’s a premium green screen made from 100% polyester called Dacron, created by DuPont. It covers an area of 1.48 m x 1.80 m, weighs 9.3 kg, and has a collapsible frame. It’s one of the best quality green screens that you can buy, and there are also larger versions available if you need them.
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Audio and video quality isn’t the only thing that is important for streaming. There are tons of other streaming equipment that deserve your attention as well. These include the software that you use, capture cards, and peripherals, among many others.
In this section, we’ll talk about the importance of each one and suggest some equipment that can help you improve your stream.
It’s important to choose the right streaming software for you. There are a lot of different alternatives out there that can provide for your streaming needs. A lot of tools and features are now directly built into the streaming software, allowing you to easily manage and improve your stream.
Most of the streaming software here is available for free. But, some applications require you to pay to use certain features or tools.
Open Broadcaster Software or OBS is one of the best and oldest tools for recording and live-streaming. It’s open-source and receives regular updates from the people who maintain it. It can also be easily integrated with Twitch, Facebook, YouTube Gaming, and most of the other available streaming platforms.
OBS Studio has a lot of different features, such as adding and creating new scenes, importing from different sources, and adding unique elements. There’s a slight learning curve to OBS Studio since it isn’t exactly user-friendly, but there are tons of guides and tutorials about it, so you should be able to make it work.
Streamlabs Desktop, previously known as Streamlabs OBS (SLOBS), is a free version of OBS created by Streamlabs. Think of it as a version of OBS that’s literally built for streamers. It’s more user-friendly, offers a lot of built-in support, and has a beautiful user interface.
Some of the great streamer-based features include additional widgets, a built-in scrolling chat, easy management of events lists, chat, alert boxes, and many more. There is also some purchasable content like overlays, alerts, sounds, and even a logo maker to make your life way easier.
Finally, we have XSplit. XSplit is a full-on streaming/content-creating suite of apps. It’s quite similar to the Adobe line of products. There are a few different functions, but we’ll be focusing on the XSplit Broadcaster for now.
The XSplit Broadcaster is an app you can use to live stream and record. It’s a powerful tool with many customization options and allows you to easily manage your scenes while streaming. It’s free to use, but you can also subscribe monthly, starting at $5.00 to unlock more features and options.
A capture card is another great addition to any streaming setup. Capture cards can help your setup by being the primary component that captures and records your stream. They take the raw feed of your main gameplay and translate it into a language that video players can use.
Generally, capture cards can be connected via USB, PCIe, USB-C, and Thunderbolt 3, depending on the platform you use it on. One downside is that it requires an external PC or device for it to work. Having a capture card also allows your main PC to dedicate all of its resources to your game.
The Avermedia Live Gamer Duo capture card is the first card that has dual input capturing capabilities. It has two HDMI slots, with one of them supporting up to 4k60 HDR input. You can directly connect both your camera and a console or gaming PC as input devices.
It’s a great capture card that costs around $250, depending on where you buy it from. It can stream up to 1080p 60 FPS to any streaming platform. If your input is 4K, it automatically downscales the footage without compromising quality.
Next, we have the EVGA XR1 capture card, which features a built-in mixer. It also looks very clean, with its fantastic RGB finish. It also supports up to a 4K60 FPS signal but downscales it to the native 1080p 60 FPS for your stream.
The EVGA XR1 is available for $189.99 and uses a USB Type-C connection. It requires a bit of tweaking before fully maximizing its capacities.
Finally, we have the Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro. It’s the top-of-the-line Elgato capture card and can flawlessly capture 4K 60FPS videos. It’s an absolute beast that’s plug-and-play straight out of the box. It can also easily be integrated with most of the most popular streaming software.
This beast comes at a hefty price, though. The Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro is currently available for around $250. This is already a pretty fantastic deal because it initially had a $400 MSRP. It has a solid build quality and is trusted by top streamers worldwide.
Your gaming mouse is also an important part of your streaming setup. Getting a mouse that can keep up with your daily gaming and streaming needs is essential. It allows you to not only control your PC but also control the game that you are playing.
Most professional streamers use the best mouse that money can buy. This is to ensure that they perform at the best level that they can. It gives them an overall pretty good competitive advantage and provides quality gameplay to their audience.
Light and wireless gaming mice are the norms today. We’ll discuss a few suggestions that we think are perfect for streamers of all types. We’ll also include a few different sizes to ensure that you can find one that fits your grip style and hand size.
Logitech is home to tons of amazing gaming mice. They are one of the most trusted brands when it comes to gaming peripherals. They recently updated their impressive Logitech G Pro Wireless mouse and made it lighter for everyone.
It only weighs 63 grams but still features its top-of-the-line Hero 25K sensor. Unfortunately, they removed the RGB on the Logitech logo to help make the mouse lighter. It can be used wirelessly using the dongle or wired using a USB cable.
Next up, we have the Razer Basilisk Ultimate. Some people still prefer having a bigger, heavier, and wider mouse. It weighs 107 grams, has a max DPI of 20,000, and offers up to 100 hours of battery life. It also comes with the Razer Focus+ sensor and Razer’s own optical mouse switch.
It comes with a charging dock, which can help add flair to your setup. It also has 14 RGB zones and 11 programmable buttons, allowing you to fully customize your Basilisk gaming experience. Make sure to also check out the Basilisk V3 and the Basilisk X Hyperspeed if you are looking for cheaper options that feature the same body and build as the Basilisk Ultimate.
The Glorious Model line of gaming mice is considered some of the best gaming mice in the market available without breaking the bank. They feature amazing quality gaming mice that are perfect for players of all types.
The Model D is an ergonomic wired mouse that only weighs 68 grams. It features a nice honeycomb shell that allows it to achieve a lightweight yet durable build. The skates allow the mouse to glide smoothly, and it comes equipped with the Pixart 3360 sensor that features pixel-perfect tracking. Be sure to check out the other Glorious Model mice, especially if you are looking for different body types or wireless options.
Keyboards are another important part of any streamer’s arsenal. Peripherals greatly contribute to how well you perform in-game. If you don’t have a decent keyboard, you’ll likely dislike the gaming experience, and your stream will feel that you aren’t having fun.
Aside from your personal performance, your mic can also usually pick up your keyboard’s clicks and clacks. Make sure that you either have a keyboard with silent switches or your mic isn’t too close to your keyboard to pick up the typing sounds.
Mechanical switches have made their way into the gaming space. Nowadays, most if not all streamers use a mechanical keyboard. Some of them even ask other content creators to create customized keyboards for their daily use. The keyboards below all have mechanical switches since they are simply better and more popular than membrane keyboards.
The SteelSeries Apex Pro is an impressive keyboard and is one of the best keyboards that SteelSeries makes. It has one-of-a-kind mechanical switches that can be customized per key. The switches support a 0.4mm up to 3.6mm, depending on what you prefer. It also has a fast response time, fast actuation, and great durability.
It’s an expensive keyboard at $209.99, but it does have some amazing features that make up for the price. The SteelSeries Apex Pro includes a small OLED screen that can display different types of information. It’s an overall excellent quality keyboard with a beautiful design.
Logitech is home to tons of excellent quality gaming peripherals. The Logitech G915 is one of their best keyboards yet. At 22 mm thickness, it’s one of the thinnest and lowest profile boards that you can buy.
The Logitech G915 Lightspeed is wireless but features a 1ms response time, perfect for all types of games. It also has dedicated media controls, can connect to multiple devices using a dongle or Bluetooth, and also includes some dedicated macro buttons. It’s a tough buy at its $249.99 price tag, but it’s still cheaper than most custom keyboards you can buy.
Finally, we have the Ducky One 2 Mini RGB keyboard. It’s a 60% keyboard that allows you to have a bigger space for moving your mouse. It only has the essential keys and gets rid of all the extras.
The Ducky One 2 Mini is one of the best compact keyboards in the market and is trusted by gamers worldwide. Its small form factor is perfect for FPS games, requiring a large room for mouse movements and flicks. A lot of streamers and professional gamers actually like the Ducky One 2 Mini’s design and look. A 60% keyboard simply looks cleaner and sleeker than any other type of form factor.
Tripods & gimbals are another essential part of any streamer’s camera equipment. They can help you create steady and consistent shots, whether you are moving or stationary. Tripods are necessary in any setup since they are used to hold your camera still. They provide zero movements and vibration, allowing you to get excellent quality footage.
Gimbals also act similarly to tripods but have more intelligent features and controls that allow them to balance the camera and stabilize shots, even while moving. They are perfect for streamers and content creators who are always on the go. They are quite expensive though, so make sure to find a good one to get your money’s worth.
The Mactrem 80” Camera Tripod is a good starting tripod kit. It can be adjusted anywhere from 18.5” up to 80” and supports up to a 33 lb load. It also comes with a 360-degree ball head, a carrying case, and a phone mount, all for $79.99
It should be able to hold most cameras, and with the included phone mount, most phones as well. The Mactrem Tripod is made of aluminum alloy, making it lightweight but sturdy. It’s perfect for streamers and content creators.
The JOBY JB01507 GorillaPod 3K Kit is a great tripod to get for vloggers and streamers on the go. It can support up to 6.6 lbs, made up of plastic, steel, and aluminum, making it rigid but flexible. It also has a ball-type head with a ¼ screw mount supported by most cameras.
Its legs are probably one of its strongest features. The GorillaPod’s legs are very flexible and can be wrapped around different things to create unique shots. It can be held and tilted, and of course, you can also use it as a stand. It’s a versatile tripod that’s fit for an active lifestyle.
Finally, we have the DJI Ronin SC Gimbal. It’s a handheld gimbal for DSLR and mirrorless cameras that supports up to 4.4 lbs. It’s easy to handle and is a 3-axis gimbal ensuring that you can get stable and clean shots no matter how you are holding them.
The DJI Ronin SC is lightweight and compact, making it easy to handle and carry. It also has a mobile app that you can use to control, adjust, and manage your DJI Ronin gimbal. There are also tons of additional accessories that you can buy if you want more customization options for your mount.
Chairs are an often overlooked aspect of your setup. Usually, most people just get anything that they can sit on and use as their “gaming chair.” But, what most fail to see is that it’s also important to be comfortable and have a proper sitting posture while gaming.
You can get different chairs, such as gaming chairs and ergonomic chairs. Your stream can also see the chair that you sit on, so you must have a good-looking one for your stream. Generally, ergonomic chairs are better for your posture and comfortability, while gaming chairs look better and are more aesthetic. Choose one that you are comfortable sitting in, especially if you stream multiple hours per day.
Let’s start with the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 chair. Secretlab is home to a lot of pretty great gaming chairs. Their gaming chairs are comfortable and look amazing, together with some adjustable features. They are pretty expensive, though, so it isn’t exactly for everyone.
Secretlab also makes a series of gaming chairs with different themes. These themes include superheroes, League of Legends, Cyberpunk, Minecraft, Game of Thrones, among many others. These themed gaming chairs are pretty stylish and look great on camera.
The Cougar Argo Gaming Chair is an ergonomic chair with a gamer aesthetic. Usually, ergonomic chairs are better for your posture and are more comfortable but don’t look as good as regular gaming chairs. Luckily, ergonomic gaming chairs have risen in popularity in recent years.
It has an adjustable armrest, a sliding seat, an adjustable headrest, and a flexible and reclining backrest. Almost everything on this chair is adjustable and can help you feel comfortable no matter your size. The Cougar Argo Gaming Chair has a sleek look with a mesh back design, allowing you to be cool and comfy.
The collaboration between Logitech and Herman Miller resulted in a beautiful and ergonomic gaming chair that’s built for every gamers’ needs. It’s built out of die-cast aluminum, has a 100% polyester fabric, and has a four-layer seat that supports you even when you move around.
Unfortunately, the Logitech G x Herman Miller Embody gaming chair is super expensive at $1795.00. Once you own this chair without any regrets, you already know that you’ve made it as a streamer. It’s definitely one of the best gaming chairs that money can buy, as long as you can afford it.
Desks are another type of furniture that is important to any streaming setup. Generally, you’d want a desk that can hold all of your streaming equipment and your PC. You’ll also have to get one that’s sturdy and doesn’t fall easily.
It is common for streamers and content creators to get desks from IKEA and simply configure their own setup that fits their needs. But, there are also tons of great options out there outside of IKEA. Some common desk setups include the L-shaped desk, U-shaped desk, and desk with cabinets, among many others.
First up is the Seven Warrior 55” Gaming Desk. It’s a great and cheap desk that is long enough to hold a dual monitor streaming setup. It has some adjustable metal feet that allow you to set it up at the height that you prefer.
The best thing about this desk is that it already includes a lot of the stuff that you need for any desk setup. It includes a cup holder, a dual headphone holder, a gaming rack for your controllers and games, and a dual monitor mount. It’s essentially an all-in-one desk that’s perfect for beginners.
The Thermaltake ToughDesk 500L is an L-shaped desk built for supporting the best battle station PCs out there. It’s an electrically height-adjustable desk with some matching RGB lights. Its whole surface can act like a mousepad and is perfect for daily streaming use.
It has a 160 cm x 180 cm main desk with an 80 cm x 60 cm side desk. This desk is perfect for multi-monitor or multi-PC setups because of its ample desk space. The Thermaltake ToughDesk 500L has a steel frame built to be stable and last longer.
Finally, we have the Uppspel IKEA Gaming Desk. This is another standing desk that’s perfect for those long streaming sessions. Many streamers recently switched from a standard desk to a height-adjustable standing desk for better ergonomics and posture.
Overall, it’s a sturdy 140 cm x 80 cm desk, even if you put it at its max height. Its height can easily and quickly be adjusted using the included buttons. The Uppspel also has a sleek and clean black fiberboard that still gives off a “gamer vibe” even though it’s built with ergonomics in mind.
Other external equipment that you have to consider includes cables, extension cords, and ports. These can help you connect your devices from your table to your PC. They are often overlooked and forgotten. A USB extension port or an extra USB Type-C cable can be a lifesaver in certain situations.
Luckily, most cables, extensions, and ports are cheap and easy to use. You can add them to your setup and your desk anytime you choose. They can greatly help increase your ease of life and quickly connect or charge the devices you use.
The Belkin DuraTek Plus cable is an ultra-strong and sturdy cable that can last you a lifetime. It’s a great addition to any streaming setup, especially since most devices nowadays are powered by USB Type C.
It has a strengthened cable design that they claim to be up to 10x stronger than other standard cables. The DuraTek Plus also comes with a handy leather strap allowing you to always keep the cable organized and neatly wrapped.
The Vention 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub is a cheap but reliable USB hub. It adds 4 additional ports that you can put under your table for an easier way to connect your USB devices. It supports USB 3.0 transfer speeds and can be used to connect flash drives, dongles, card readers, keyboards, and many others.
The standard one is only 0.5 ft long, but you can get other variations up to 3 ft. Generally, the 1.5 ft option should be more than for most use cases. The Vention 4-Port hub is cheaper than other brands but still works flawlessly.
Now let’s talk about a fantastic power strip that adds 3 regular outlets and 3 USB ports to your setup. The Anker USB C Powerstrip has an on/off switch and has 2 standard USB Type-A ports and an additional USB Type-C port.
It has a 6 ft cable and an 18-month warranty that covers $50,000 worth of connected equipment in case of any problems. It also has surge protection built-in and a child-friendly design. It can support up to 30W of power delivery through its USB Type-C charging port.
We’ve already covered most of the streaming equipment that you’ll need to get started. Streaming can be done using tons of different devices and platforms. We’ll be talking about each platform and choosing the best streaming equipment for them within this section. This covers software, streaming devices, video, audio, and lighting.
Starting off, we have the best streaming equipment for PC. PC is the most common platform used by streamers. It offers the most versatility, is the most powerful device out of all platforms, and supports various software and games.
There are quite a few to choose from when it comes to streaming software on PC. We definitely recommend using OBS, Streamlabs Desktop, or Xsplit for your daily streaming needs. These applications are the most flexible and easiest to use overall.
They are supported by most if not all streaming platforms and can easily be adjusted to your needs. I definitely recommend using OBS for advanced users, while for beginners and newbies, Streamlabs Desktop might be the best choice. Xsplit is perfect if you are looking for an alternative to OBS.
PC is probably the easiest platform to stream on. As long as you have a powerful enough PC, most of your processing needs can be done on the same computer that you are gaming on. Generally, you’ll need a multicore and multi-thread CPU to get the job done. The Ryzen 5 series of CPU and the Intel i5 series are probably the bare minima for streaming.
Getting a decent NVIDIA GPU can also help ease the load because of their incredible NVENC encoder. Alternatively, you can also get another less powerful PC and use a capture card to record and stream the video from your main gaming PC. This is a more expensive but better option when streaming on PC.
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On PC, you have a lot of different choices for your video output. Generally, a decent webcam is fine for beginners and new streamers. However, you’ll definitely want to upgrade it over time to a DSLR or mirrorless camera for the best possible picture quality. Make sure that the camera you end up using is decent enough to capture your movements and see your face.
Generally, you can just connect your chosen camera directly to your PC using a USB cable and select it as your video output device.
Audio is another important factor for streamers. You’ll definitely want your audience to hear your beautiful voice. A USB microphone works well if you are looking for an easy and quick solution. However, an XLR microphone provides better audio quality and flexibility.
Most of the top streamers use an XLR microphone and a robust and expensive audio interface. But, you should be fine starting off with a good-quality USB microphone. As long as you can be heard loud and clear, you should be good to go.
Finally, we’re down to streaming lights for PC. Lighting is an important thing. No matter how good your camera is, you still won’t be visible if you don’t have decent lighting. If you stream during the day, natural sunlight might be enough, as long as you are close to a window.
However, getting a more adjustable and controllable lighting source is essential if you have a dark room. Most streamers use a few LED light panels or softboxes as their lighting source. I definitely recommend getting at least a single light source and setting it up behind your monitor.
The Xbox is a console that has been around for years now. The most recent is the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S versions, the most powerful versions of the Xbox yet. There are also a lot of popular streamers that mainly use the Xbox for their daily streaming needs. Some people even compete at the highest level using consoles.
If you’re just looking to stream directly to Twitch, you actually don’t need other software. Just download the free Twitch app from the Xbox Store and go to the Broadcast tab to start streaming. However, if you’re looking to stream to YouTube or Facebook, you’ll need the help of a PC.
We suggest using OBS, Streamlabs Desktop, or Xsplit. They make adding new scenes and output devices easy, allowing you to smoothly stream your Xbox gameplay on different sites and platforms.
As stated above, it’s actually pretty easy to stream directly to Twitch using your own Xbox. You only need a dedicated streaming PC if you want to stream on a different platform or you want to upgrade your stream quality.
Any decent gaming PC should be more than enough for the job. You’ll also want to get a capture card and an extra HDMI cable so that you can capture the video on your Xbox and stream it using your PC. The Avermedia Live Gamer Duo, EVGA XR1, and the Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro are excellent capture cards to use.
When it comes to microphones, you can’t directly plug in a USB or XLR microphone to your Xbox. You can use a microphone with the standard 3.5mm microphone jack and use it as your main Xbox microphone.
If you’re using a separate streaming PC, you can just plug the USB or XLR microphone into your PC and select it as the main audio output on your chosen streaming software. Unfortunately, this only outputs audio to your stream and not to anyone in your game. Just make sure to keep that in mind.
Luckily, the Xbox supports USB webcams as long as it uses a YUY2 or NV12 format to broadcast. Most decent webcams should support at least one, if not both. This adds a face cam when directly streaming to Twitch using your Xbox.
On the other hand, you can also use a webcam, DSLR, or any camera on your PC and just select it as a video source in your streaming software. This helps increase quality and lessens the load on your Xbox.
Finally, we have streaming lights for Xbox. Since the Xbox has limited USB ports, you’ll have to find a different power source for your lighting equipment. Generally, they can either be plugged directly into an outlet or powered via USB. All you have to do is get a USB plug, and you should be good to go.
A single light source such as the Elgato Key Light or the Elgato Ring Light can go a long way. As long as you have good lighting to brighten up your face, you’re ready to stream no matter the time of day.
The PlayStation is another great console that you can use for streaming. There are tons of great PlayStation exclusive games that can bring in a lot of viewership for your streams. These games include classics such as God of War and Spider-Man. Both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 are powerful enough to stream directly to Twitch or YouTube.
If you’re only planning to stream on YouTube or Twitch, you don’t need to download or install any additional software. All you have to do is link your Twitch or YouTube account and then use the “Broadcast Gameplay” feature on your PlayStation.
However, if you’re planning to stream to Facebook or any other platform, you’ll have to use a dedicated streaming PC and a capture card. Although, you can also use this setup to stream on YouTube or Twitch if you want more control over your content.
As for streaming devices for the PlayStation, for beginners, you can actually start streaming with just your PlayStation and a stable internet connection. However, eventually, you’ll want to hook up your PS to a dedicated streaming PC with a capture card.
This setup will not only increase your stream’s video quality, but it will also help you customize and add new elements to your stream.
There are a lot of different audio devices that are perfect for the PlayStation. Luckily, the PlayStation supports USB microphones. This means that you can get high-quality audio during your streams.
USB microphones that are perfect for streaming include the Razer Seiren Mini, HyperX QuadCast S, and the Blue Yeti Pro. However, you can also pretty much use any USB microphone that you think will fit your setup.
When it comes to cameras, your options are quite limited. Unfortunately, PlayStations don’t support standard USB webcams. You’ll have to use their proprietary PlayStation Camera since it uses a different connection.
However, you have more options if you use a dedicated streaming PC. You can connect a USB camera or DLSR camera to your PC and configure it as your main streaming camera through your specific streaming software.
Finally, you should be fine with most streaming lights available to you. LED light panels are easier to set up, easier to charge and provide a great light source. But, you can also use a ring light with a stand, as long as you position it properly.
Mobile streaming is an industry that has seen great growth over the past few years. With the rise of mobile gaming and the number of great games that come out for mobile, it’s no surprise that streamers are starting to play mobile games as well.
Mobile gaming is actually quite popular on platforms like Facebook and YouTube. Mobile gaming is the most accessible form of gaming, which is one reason why it’s super popular around the world.
Along with the rise of mobile gaming came the rise of mobile streaming. It used to be hard to stream games directly from your mobile phone, but nowadays, tons of apps can help you do it directly. Some of the most popular streaming apps for mobile phones include Omlet, Turnip, Streamlabs, and StreamElements.
You can also mirror your phone’s screen by casting it on your pc. Optionally, you can also connect your phone to your PC using lightning, micro USB, or Type C cable if you want a more stable connection.
For the most part, if you have a powerful enough mobile phone, you should be fine just using your phone to stream to your chosen website. Unfortunately, it can be hard to keep track of things like chats, donations, and shares, among many others, if you’re only using a phone.
Like most of the other devices on this list, it’s still best to get a separate streaming PC. This dramatically improves your stream’s quality and allows you to monitor more things while streaming. This is the main reason why most popular streaming already use a dedicated streaming PC even though they have some of the most powerful PC hardware in the world.
When streaming, mobile phones have one problem: they lack any USB ports or audio jacks. Some of the most popular phones have eliminated the headphone jack, so you’ll most likely end up using a wireless headset while streaming.
If you have a phone with an audio jack, you can also choose to use an audio splitter so that you can connect both a headset and a microphone to your phone. This will greatly improve your audio output.
It’s going to be challenging to include a face cam if you prefer to only stream using your mobile device. I definitely suggest using a dedicated streaming PC and connecting the camera there instead.
There are tons of popular streaming apps that you can use to add your mobile’s stream output, audio output, and camera output all in one scene. For beginners, I definitely suggest using Streamlabs Desktop, formerly Streamlabs OBS, since they have an easier UI to understand.
For streaming lights, most if not all popular mobile streamers simply use a ring light. It’s easy and effective. It’s just that simple. You often see ring light during live streams on Tiktok, Instagram, and Facebook.
For mobile gaming, you can still use a ring light or something more robust like an LED light panel or a softbox. It mostly depends on where exactly your stream. Most people might get away by simply using a ring light; however, there are times when you need to bring out the big guns.
Make sure to keep in mind that streaming doesn’t only require a camera, a microphone, a game to play, and you. There are also tons of other important aspects to consider when streaming. This includes things such as lighting, your mood, reading chat, your streaming software, and your peripherals, among many others.
For the most part, it doesn’t matter which device you use for streaming; most devices nowadays can stream perfectly fine. The important part is that you enjoy what you are doing, interact with your audience, and provide a fun and entertaining stream.
You have to take a look at your needs and wants. If you’re planning on streaming multiple games with the occasional chat nights, a PC might be the best device for you. If you’re looking to stream casually and just chat with your audience, then simply using a mobile device would be enough. It mostly just depends on what you need and what you want to stream.
The right streaming platform for you is where your audience is. It makes no sense to stream on Twitch if you already have a huge following on Facebook. Also, make sure that you are streaming to the right audience. It probably won’t make too much sense to stream games on Instagram instead of Facebook or Twitch. Just think where you can potentially get the most number of people clicking on your stream and what platform those people often use.
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