How to get the best Twitch stream in PlayStation VR

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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 do.

How to stream directly from the PlayStation 4

  1. On the dashboard, go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Sharing and Broadcasts.

    PlayStation streaming settings

    PlayStation streaming settings

    Source: Android Central

  3. On the next screen go to the bottom and select Link with Other Services.

    more PlayStation streaming settings

    more PlayStation streaming settings

    Source: Android Central

  4. Select Twitch.

    even more PlayStation streaming settings

    even more PlayStation streaming settings

    Source: Android Central

  5. Go to twitch.tv/activate on your browser and enter the code you’re shown on the screen.
  6. When directed back you’ll be informed your PlayStation Network account is now linked with your Twitch account.

    PlayStation Twitch streaming

    PlayStation Twitch streaming

    Source: Android Central

  7. To stream, hit the share button on the controller.
  8. Select Broadcast Gameplay.

    PlayStation broadcast settings

    PlayStation broadcast settings

    Source: Android Central

  9. Now select Twitch for which you’re now already logged in.

    PlayStation streaming options

    PlayStation streaming options

    Source: Android Central

  10. Set your stream title and resolution. You can go as high as 720p 60FPS.

    PlayStation streaming quality settings

    PlayStation streaming quality settings

    Source: Android Central

  11. Hit Start Broadcasting and stream to the world.

Our top equipment picks

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.

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