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How to choose the best streaming setup?
Streamers Tech room 16.04.2021

How to choose the best streaming setup?

If you’re here, then you’ve probably decided to become (or already are) a streamer. Playing games is fun – and that’s a fact – but sharing your virtual adventures with others seems to be an even better idea. Earning money by doing what you love, while entertaining strangers, is the dream job for gamers. But if you’re still living with your parents, then the possibility to earn real money by playing games may not convince them at the beginning. Well, they will probably change their mind when you show them your first paycheck. Still, to become a successful streamer (there’s quite a crowd out there), you need a unique personality and advanced gaming skills, and decent streaming gear – so, let’s dive into choosing a good streaming setup for you.

  1. Time to gear up – what do you need to stream?
  2. Getting started – budget game streaming setup for beginners
  3. Control your character like a boss – keyboard, mouse and a mouse pad
  4. Already have a loyal audience? Time to improve your streaming setup
  5. Fullmetal gear – look like a pro
  6. Chasing the dream of being popular while… playing games!

Time to gear up – what do you need to stream?

The first and the most important thing is a fast, preferably high-end computer. If you’re thinking of professional streaming, then you probably already have a solid PC. It needs to handle all the streaming software running in the background, while running the game you chose, smoothly in the highest possible graphic settings. Got it? Great – now think of the Internet connection you have. To ensure high streaming quality, your upload speed is especially important. Alright! You’re on your way to become a professional streamer, but don’t rest on your laurels. There are still some things that need your attention if you plan to build a professional streaming headquarters. Proper peripherals – and that’s what this article is all about.

Getting started – budget game streaming setup for beginners

To begin your journey with a gamers’ dream job, you have to equip yourself with some additional gear. The budget ones will do just fine before you earn your fame, and will not hurt your wallet (the gear we suggest, at the moment of writing the article, is worth circa US$200). Let’s look into the most important ones:

Let them hear you loud and clear – microphone for streamers

An important part of your pc or video game streaming setup is the microphone. This is quite obvious as the interaction between you and your viewers can make the difference when it comes to your success. There are plenty to choose from. The perfect example is the super affordable, yet high-quality MAD DOG PRO GMC301 microphone. Made for gamers by gamers, the product will help you get voice quality that you need. It is a condenser type of microphone with foam overlay and POP filter to make sure that the plosive sounds will not hit your viewers’ ears too strongly. The microphone is equipped with an arm fixed to the desk and a 2.5m long cable giving you the flexibility of placement.

Let them see you – a streaming camera

Your viewers want to know who you are and what you look like. It’s not a secret that streams without a camera recording the streamer are not so popular. That’s why it’s important to have a good camera as part of your streaming setup. Still, you don’t have to “pay millions” to get good quality – a Chinese electronics giant offers a budget Full HD camera – Xiaomi Imilab WebCam. It’s a small plug and play device that records in 1080p quality with an additional function of processing the video by lighting it up, when necessary, in real-time.

Another device worth considering is a lamp that lights up your nearest surrounding. This will help the camera provide a better picture without glare. A simple desk lamp is not enough and will quickly become a strain on your eyes. This is where ring LED lamps come in. XREC LED-USB 26cm in diameter equipped with a dimmer and light temperature controller will do just fine. For some beginners, as recommended by the streamer Dziobakov, you can even start with your phone’s camera:

“When it comes to cameras I would recommend using your mobile phone as a camera to start with. Everyone has a phone and you can easily send 1080p60fps video over wifi. Lighting is, of course, an open topic (as well as cameras) but in my opinion, even cheap led panels can perfectly illuminate the image. The image from the camera is really what is illuminated so without light even a great camera looks like crap.”

If you are to shy to show yourself on the camera, you can consider becoming a vtuber or vstreamer – check our guide to vstream.

Don’t let the surrounding distract you – headphones

This might be the signature equipment of streamers. Nearly all game streamers you see out there are wearing a pair of good headphones. While playing games, especially the FPS ones, knowing where your enemy is might save your virtual life. Even if you have a high-quality loudspeaker setup, using them while streaming will affect the stream quality (the microphone will catch the sounds). So, as part of your streaming setup, get yourself some headphones. For example, the Genesis Radon 720 with a built-in sound card that will not let you down in PUBG or CS:GO matches (thanks to a 7.1 surround sound system).

Control your character like a boss – keyboard, mouse and a mouse pad

When gaming, the precision of mouse movement can change the outcome of any online match you play. Every gamer knows that. The thing is, that you will never achieve satisfying results using any of the cheap mice. You have probably heard about SteelSeries, a producer of gaming equipment. Going through their gear, you will notice the Rival 3 mouse, which is within the financial reach of an ordinary gamer. High sensitivity (8500 dpi) and speed, 6 programmable buttons and amazing illumination will let your gaming potential explode in no time. Need even better control? Then get yourself a mouse pad, from Genesis. Attractive design, with decent size and materials that provide high precision results and reduce mouse friction to help you aim better and faster.

Talking about control, you’re going to need a keyboard. A mechanical keyboard from Savio – the Tempest RX model will do the job. The first thing that you will notice is the lack of a numerical pad (therefore the keyboard is smaller). It is made of aluminium and has 10 illumination modes. When it comes to the “usable” characteristics (because your skill does not count on the illumination, right?) the Savio Tempest RX keyboard is equipped with Outemu Brown switches, which is perfect for streamers – perfect for writing and amazing for gaming.

Already have a loyal audience? Time to improve your streaming setup

Don’t get us wrong. The streaming gear you have will not take you to the “Top 10 streamers” list – but it might help. Therefore, after taking those few first steps, you might want to improve your streaming equipment with new gear. Then again, if you already are a professional streamer, then there’s probably no need to explain why this camera is better than the other. But we still have some types that seem to be a perfect compromise between quality and price. If you aim for professional streaming gear, then you have to invest in a professional microphone.

A simple, yet decent device stands no chance against the professional one – the Blue Microphones’ Yeti. Its main advantage? It’s the cardioid condenser microphone. It catches the sounds coming from only one direction, used in professional recording studios, conference rooms, and… streaming stations.

“To be honest with you, I think the only really useful thing for a streamer is a reasonable microphone without noise etc. Because if you don’t have skills far above average player / you’re not funny, then even the best equipment won’t help you in streaming. In “blue yeti” you also have the option that it only catches sound from one side of the microphone for example. So if you have a tripod, you can put the keyboard behind the microphone. In general, set the tripod close to the mouth, lower the sensitivity of the microphone and it will not catch keyboard sounds or will catch them barely, nice thing.” – @Shikuni

For advanced ultra HD (4k) resolution for streaming games (or whatever it is you choose to share with others), considering the Logitech Brio 4K Stream Edition camera will be perfect. Its ability to change the angle of the recorded image lets you choose to display a broader view of the camera or just yourself – it’s up to you. Great image from the camera is not complete without proper lighting. ELGATO Key Light Air lights up the surroundings, making sure that the image is clear and perfect as it should be in 4K dimension.

Fullmetal gear – look like a pro

Streaming can be quite… emotional, right? You have probably seen lots of videos where streamers threw their headphones to the ground. This might happen to you as well and believe us, those made of plastic will soon go into pieces. Why not try ones made of steel and aluminium? Logitech G PRO X provide perfect sound quality so important in dynamic games.

Every streamer’s setup must-have – a mouse and keyboard. It’s no secret that SteelSeries gear is of top quality. Their Rival 600 mouse gives you the possibility to adjust its centre of gravity as you can move small weights hidden inside. Why should you consider this device? It was made for esport players to provide excellent precision thanks to two sensors that follow their moves. What’s more, silicon add-ons prevent the mouse from slipping from your hand.

To get even better precision (and looks!) of your stream setup, combine the mouse with SteelSeries QCK Prism Cloth XL. The mousepad is big enough to put the SteelSeries Apex 5 keyboard. You will love it not only for its high comfort factor (magnetic wrist support), but also fast reaction and additional buttons that allow for changing volume or brightness fast and easy without exiting the game. The disadvantage is that the keys are quite loud – your home dwellers might be a little upset. When talking to some streamers who partner with brands via micro sponsorships in our platform, inSTREAMLY, we got this answer from Nashi:

“The monitor I use is ‘asus xg258q, 240hz’ and some totally old lg 19″ just to have obs with chat and stream activity on all the time, 240hz doesn’t really help on stream, but it’s more fun to play with higher refresh rate, I’d like to have two monitors like that, but with my current stream frequency it’s unnecessary to spend money on a side monitor. As for the keyboard, I use a “hyperx alloy fps” which is a bit loud, even though I have a microphone above the keyboard, on discord they yell at me that it is very loud, in obs I have a noise gate and noise reduction set up and it is completely inaudible and my and other peoples voice is pretty good.”

There’s also one thing that might come in handy and complete your pc or video game streaming setup equipment. Consider buying the Elgato Stream Deck. With its 15 programmable keys, you will be able to navigate on Twitch or Youtube in no time. Additionally, interactions with viewers can be performed with one click. Adjust it to your needs and forget about navigating between windows with your mouse. Sounds good, right?

Chasing the dream of being popular while… playing games!

Now that you know what you need for your streamer setup, it’s time to fulfil your dream of becoming a professional. In the future, you may also be interested in getting a VR set, a green screen or other gear that will make your streams more attractive to viewers.

Professional players make a living out of playing games online. However, they are not the only ones who can monetize their stream. With inSTREAMLY, you can join campaigns and work with global brands, no matter your audience size. Plus, the content you display is integrated into your gameplay, interactive to your community and doesn’t interrupt your action.

Your viewers will be glad to see you becoming a professional and growing. Remember to do what you love – then you won’t work even a single day in your life. Good luck and have fun!

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