While you're fully immersed inside your virtual world with PlayStation VR, there's no reason you wouldn't want to share it with everyone else, right? Twitch is the biggest platform on the planet for gamers to broadcast their adventures to friends, family, and complete strangers.
Streaming VR is a little different to a regular console game, mostly because you have no vision of anything that's going on outside the headset. You can't see chat, you can't monitor your stream and things like that. But it's still a great way to share gameplay from the PlayStation VR. If you're keen to get started, here's what you need to know.
How to stream directly from the PlayStation 4
If you have a PlayStation 4 and a PlayStation VR then you already have everything you need to start streaming on Twitch. Support for direct broadcasting is built right into the console, so all you need to do is make sure you're logged in and start streaming!
Here's how to do it:
- On the dashboard, go to settings.
Scroll down to sharing and broadcasts.
On the next screen go to the bottom and select link with other services.
Go to twitch.tv/activate on the web and enter the code you're shown on the screen.
When directed back you'll be informed your PlayStation Network account is now linked with your Twitch account!
To stream first hit the share button on the controller.
Select broadcast gameplay.
Now select Twitch for which you're now already logged in.
Set your stream title and resolution. You can go as high as 720p 60fps.
- Hit start broadcasting and stream to the world!
Using a capture card
For the best looking and most customizable streams, you'll want to use a capture card. For as easy as it is to stream directly from the PlayStation 4, you won't get the best quality video output and you can't put your own face/head onto the stream either as the PlayStation Camera will be in use for VR.
Our recommendation would be the Elgato HD60S or the HD60 Pro if you have a desktop tower. Not only are you getting a great capture card but you get some included, free software that's both PlayStation VR friendly and allows you to stream directly to Twitch.
Elgato Game Capture software is incredibly simple to use and perfect for beginners to get their feet wet with. It's well laid out and doesn't have too many complicated settings. The overview video above gives a quick run through of things, and it's the same to use with a PlayStation 4 as it is an Xbox One. You have simple controls to alter the output of your stream, keep the audio in tabs and even to add a fancy overlay or webcam.
The Elgato also works flawlessly with third-party software such as XSplit or OBS, if you're looking to get extra fancy. Once you've given either of these access to your Twitch channel you can go about designing the stream layout of your dreams, hit broadcast and off you go.
- Twitch doesn't like folks to have a bitrate in excess of 3500 on their streams. You might have the best upload speed in the world but viewers might not have a download speed to match. Too high and it'll buffer all the time and your viewers will have a bad experience and probably tune out.
- You need some decent hardware if you're using a PC and a capture card. In our testing, an older quad-core i5 processor couldn't handle the load but a newer i7 handled the VR footage just fine. It's more demanding than regular 2D games so you need some horsepower.
- XSplit costs money to get the most from it and OBS is completely free. They can both stream to Twitch with a multitude of customizations on your stream. You can get download and try some of the basic XSplit features for free to get a feel for it, so try both before making your mind up.
- If you'd prefer to use YouTube over Twitch the same features apply. Just substitute YouTube wherever there's a Twitch mention.
- If you're wanting to engage with your audience, maybe rope in a buddy to join you that can read out the messages.
Whichever method you use you're now set to share your awesome PlayStation VR action with the world!
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