Twitch has made it incredibly easy to share a game you are playing, and no matter what the haters tell you there are hundreds of thousands of people watching Twitch streams every hour of the day. If you're looking to share your experience in a game with the world, Twitch is the best way to do it.
How does that translate to VR, though? Is it enough to just share what you are seeing in the headset? Does streaming VR require an expensive camera or capture card setup? Mot really, in fact you can get started streaming VR to Twitch pretty quickly with these steps.
First things first — see if Twitch is baked in to your game
Before you start putting on your workout clothes so you look good in that Boxing game, check to see if the game you want to play has Twitch streaming baked right in. Job Simulator, for example, has an amazing Twitch mode where you can log in to your account, set a camera wherever you'd like in the virtual environment, and see the comments from your stream roll in while you continue to play the game. This isn't a common feature, but when it's available this is a great way to show your users what the game is like without having to sacrifice quality and without missing the chat while you play.
Ready to Twitch? Here's what you'll need.
To get started, make sure you have the following:
- Webcam — Doesn't have to be anything special, but Logitech's C920 is a good place to start.
- XSplit Broadcaster
- Your Twitch account
Setting things up from here is fairly simple. Using Xsplit, you want to capture both the game video and the webcam video. This allows you to broadcast them both to Twitch as a single stream, so users can see what you're doing in the physical world to accomplish things in the virtual one.
- Click Add Source in XSplit, select Game Capture > Auto Detect
- Click Add Source again, select Webcam > Your Webcam
- Drag the webcam image to your preferred location on the canvas, usually one of the corners
- Click the corner of the webcam image to adjust the size to your preference
- Click the gear icon next to the speaker on the bottom of the app, select the microphone and speakers you want to use in the broadcast
Once you have the video in Xsplit set up the way you want, tap the Broadcast button and you'll be live on Twitch! From here, there are a few things you can do to improve the overall experience. For example, the microphone included in the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift aren't particularly high quality. If you wanted to improve your audio with a better microphone, you have to buy one that can deal with being far enough away that you don't hit it while in VR. A good place to start would be Blue Microphones, like the Snowball or Yeti. You can also start exploring things like Greenscreens to remove some of the real world, but that starts leaning into more complicated mixed reality setups, which we'll cover in a separate tutorial. Happy streaming!
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