Streaming is more popular than ever, and creators are quick to share their experiences on Fortnite, PUBG, Overwatch, and more. In this guide, we’ll show the Sony fans among you how to stream on PlayStation 4 using a capture card and with the PS4’s built-in streaming capabilities.

Although the PS4’s streaming capabilities are impressive, it’s not suitable for those who want a full stream with commentary, chat interactions, and overlays. Still, we’ll show you both streaming methods on PS4 so you can stream your game to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and more.

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Use the streaming feature of the PS4

The PS4 and PS4 Pro have a “streaming” feature built into the operating system. With it, you can automatically start streaming your game to Twitch and YouTube, all with a few clicks of your X button. With that said, there are a few downsides when it comes to console streaming.

Streaming requires computing resources and considering that the PS4 is already operating on tight margins when it comes to rendering games, that could lead to choppy streaming. Additionally, there are limited controls when it comes to the quality of your broadcast. If you want finer control over how you broadcast, we recommend method two.

Still, the streaming feature is convenient and a safe way to show the world your game in an instant. Follow the steps below to quickly set up.

Before streaming, you must link your accounts. There are a variety of different services your PS4 can link with, but only Twitch and YouTube work for live video streaming. To find the account linking area, follow these steps.

Step 1: Opened Settings from the home screen.

Step 2: Please select Accounts administration

Step 3: Please select Link with other services.

Stage 4: Select the service you want to use. We will use Twitch for our example.

Step 5: Follow the instructions on the screen to link your account.

That is real. You’re basically just authorizing your PS4 to interact with these services, so the process is pretty straightforward. With Twitch, you will need to enter a code on your computer or scan a QR code with your phone to authenticate your account. After that, you are ready to start streaming.

Step 6: Adjust your video settings.

Step 7: All that is left to do is launch a game.

Step 8: Once you do, you can open the “share” overlay by clicking, you guessed it, Share button on your controller. With this overlay, you can take a screenshot, share your game with a friend, and more. For the purposes of this guide, click Transmission game.

Don’t worry, it won’t start streaming right away. Before going live, the PS4 will ask you for your video streaming settings, as well as the platform you want to stream to. There aren’t a ton of settings, but you can still adjust the video quality, give your stream a name, and choose whether to stream your PlayStation’s camera and microphone.

Step 9: Finally hit Start broadcasting and you will be sent live. There are some advanced settings you can play with, but they are not necessary for most people.

Step 10: Start the transmission. You are now broadcasting, but there are still a few settings you can change while live.

Step 11: If you’re having trouble, you can open the sharing overlay again to find the Streaming Game button replaced by a Streaming Settings button.

Step 12: There, you can change aspects of your broadcast without disconnecting.

Step 13: More importantly, you can end your broadcast with the Broadcast Settings, which you’ll want to be sure to do when you’re done.

Use a capture card

Using a capture card is the preferred method of streaming on PS4, especially if you’re serious about it. While console streaming is much more convenient, it’s also much more limited. You can’t add overlays to your stream, webcams are supported, but not in a customizable way, and you have very little control over your stream settings.

Enter the capture card. These little devices take the data from your PS4 that would normally be sent to your TV and allow you to use it with your computer. With the video streaming to your operating system, you can use third-party streaming software, giving you much more control over your streaming.

Plus, you’re reducing computing overhead. As mentioned, streaming requires computing resources on its own, and that is in addition to the rendering your PS4 is already doing. Streaming on a high-powered computer with your PS4 will result in a much higher quality stream, as long as you have the video settings configured correctly.

Step 1: Connect everything.

Half the battle with a capture card is connecting everything. The goal is to connect your PS4 to the capture card and then send that video stream to your computer. For most configurations, the capture card works as an intermediary, transmitting the information that is sent from your console to your computer.

Step 2: However, there are a few different configurations you can have, which we will highlight using some graphics from AVerMedia and your AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus capture card.

Step 3: If you just want to stream your game, you’ll need to connect your PS4 to the capture card via HDMI, your capture card to a display via HDMI, and the capture card to your streaming computer via USB.

Stage 4: For those who want feedback while gaming, the easiest solution is to connect your PS4 to your capture card and your capture card to your computer. The Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus actually has a built-in headphone and microphone connection, so you can easily capture your voice while gaming.

Step 5: If you’re using something like the Elgato Game Capture HD60S, which doesn’t have a mic input, you can still do live commentary. You will only need to configure it through your streaming client.

Step 6: Set up your streaming client.

Speaking of streaming clients, you will need a separate piece of software to stream when using a capture card. Most capture cards include some type of streaming or editing software. However, we recommend OBS. It is open source, easy to use, very flexible, and most of all, free.

Step 7: With it, you can set up multiple scenes, add transitions to them, and do picture-in-picture. We will leave the finer points of the software for you to discover on your own. For the purposes of this guide, we will show you how to get your PS4 working. Before streaming, you’ll need to connect your accounts, which you can do by following the steps below.

Step 8: Open OBS and click Settings.

Step 9: Please select Stream.

Step 10: Choose your streaming service and connect your account.

OBS is compatible with Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and almost all other streaming platforms. You can connect your account by logging in through OBS, but it is not necessary. All OBS requires is a streaming key, which you can find on your Twitch account and the like.

Step 11: Still, in the settings, you will need to adjust some video controls. Under the Advanced tab, be sure to prioritize your process in High or Above normal. That way, OBS will need more resources to send your stream. If you’re having a choppy experience, closing some apps in the background can help too.

Step 12: Otherwise, you will need to adjust the settings in the Video and output tabs. For the former, you can set your base resolution, as well as a scaled resolution. For example, you can capture in 4K and scale it down to 1080p for streaming. You can also adjust your FPS and downscaling filter here.

Production it is the most important section, however. Here, you will need to adjust two important settings: your bitrate and encoder. The bit rate of your video determines the overall quality of your stream, with a higher number being better. Of course, this requires some experimentation, but the general rule of thumb is to take your upload speed and divide it in half for your video bitrate. In OBS, the video bitrate is displayed in kilobits per second, so you will need to convert the megabits per second you get for your upload speed.

Step 13: Next you will need to configure your encoder. OBS gives you the choice between hardware and software encryption. Hardware encoding depends on your CPU, while software encoding uses the power of your graphics card. Which one you choose depends entirely on the computer you are using for streaming.

Step 14: For those without a decent GPU, using hardware encoding is usually better.

Step 15: However, if you have a decent gaming computer, you can get away with software encoding, as your PS4 is doing all the heavy lifting when it comes to rendering the game.

Step 16: Finally, you can close the settings. Now is the time to set up your broadcast. You will need to add the capture card entry as a source in OBS, which you can do by clicking the Plus button under the Sources area. There are a handful of settings you can tinker with when it comes to new fonts, but leaving everything to default should be fine.

Step 17: There are a variety of ways you can improve your overall streaming experience if you want more. One thing you can do is try using different sources and scenes to enhance your enjoyment. OBS allows users to scale and move fonts around the broadcast window as they wish. With this freedom, you can easily implement cool features like overlays, webcams, and comment tickers in your broadcast.

Step 18: Thats not all; you can also use the Scenes section to spread overlays in the early parts of your stream, as well as throughout your transitions.

Step 19: Once everything is ready and your stream is ready for audience consumption, click Start broadcasting to go officially live.

OBS is the most popular choice among serious streamers due to its flexible nature. That said, beginners may gravitate toward OBS because of the convenience and because it simplifies the process.

Our overall favorite is Streamlabs OBS. We recommend it to everyone as it offers a variety of cool features, including built-in chat, widget support, and free themes. Streamlabs OBS shares its source code with OBS, but differs in design in that it is made especially for streaming on Twitch and other similar streaming platforms. You really can’t go wrong with OBS; It will fit the bill for just about any of your streaming efforts.

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