If you dream of building an audience or having some fun with your friends while playing video games, you’ll need some streaming equipment.
Today’s consoles make it super simple to start the streaming process. You can share your screen with friends directly, broadcast across forums, and even get on Twitch with some platforms.
If you want to take your streaming experience to the next level for yourself and your viewers, here is the equipment you’ll need.
Equipment Checklist for Streamers
- Gaming computer or a video game console.
- High-speed Internet connection.
- A microphone with a headset.
- A webcam with HD resolution.
- Keyboard and mouse to respond to viewer comments.
- Streaming software (it may be on your computer or console already).
- Your favorite games to play.
Once you have these essential items, you can start adding more pieces to customize your viewers’ experience.
Some streamers like to use mood lighting for their events to create a unique profile look. You can buy a comfortable chair, get light-blocking glasses to wear, or even a fancy cupholder for your favorite beverages while playing.
How to Start Streaming on a Budget
If you don’t have $1,000 to spend on a new gaming computer and $150 per month for high-speed Internet, you can find some ways to get around those expenses.
The best way to save some cash is to build a computer from scratch. You can grab an Intel Core i5 processor for less than $200. For the graphics card, a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 retails for about $250.
HyperX Fury RAM is less than $50, and you can get 16 GB for that rate if you watch the sales.
The only place where you don’t want to compromise is the headset. You need high-quality audio to reach your stream, which means you’ll pay about as much for it as you would the computer processor in this scenario.
Don’t forget to sign up for a streaming account on your preferred platform! If you have Amazon Prime, it is relatively easy to get going on Twitch.