Streaming Nintendo Switch video games directly to Twitch has become a popular choice for gamers looking to make some extra money from their favorite hobby. Streaming Nintendo Switch gameplay directly to Twitch may not be as simple as doing it from an Xbox One or PS4, as unlike the Xbox One and PS4 game consoles, there is no Twitch app available to use on the Nintendo Switch, but it is still possible and also much more comfortable than most would think. With that being said, you will need to invest in additional hardware and software.
In this Nintendo Switch Twitch guide, I will walk you through each of the steps involved in hooking up an external capture card and getting up and running on Twitch so you can start live streaming gameplay as soon as possible.
Because there is no Twitch app on the Nintendo Switch, Twitch streamers will need to broadcast through the free streaming software, OBS Studio. Here's everything that you will require for this Twitch streaming method.
Computer - Windows or Mac will be suitable, but the more powerful the computer's processing power, the greater the resolution you will be able to stream on Twitch.
OBS Studio - This software can be downloaded for free from the official website for Windows and Mac computers.
Elgato Game Capture HD60 S - The Elgato Game Capture HD60 S is one of the most popular capture devices used by Twitch streamers across the world. The majority of capture devices that support 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second will work fine with OBS Studio. However, those made by Elgato are very well-made, easy to install, and relatively affordable. To download the capture software for an Elgato capture card, click here.
Webcam. - This is an optional choice for a basic Twitch stream, but it is required if you want to include footage of yourself while playing a game.
Microphone -This is also an optional choice for Twitch streamers, but it can improve the audio quality significantly during your stream.
Before you are able to start streaming on Twitch, you will need to connect your Nintendo Switch to your computer. You will be able to see your gameplay on your TV as normal with this setup. This guide is for the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S but will also work for other similar capture devices.
That's it your officially set up to Stream to Twitch from your Nintendo Switch. If you desire to have more control over your Twitch streaming, you can use free 3rd party software like OBS or XSplit.
While companies like Microsoft and Sony support gamers to stream their respective Xbox One and PlayStation 4 video games on services like Twitch, Nintendo, on the other hand, is infamous for its efforts to protect its brands and has been known to file takedown demands on video websites on the grounds of copyright infringement.
Fortunately for Twitch streamers, Nintendo largely concentrates on taking down YouTube videos of its games and normally lets Twitch users do what they like. If you are planning to upload full videos or small clips of your Twitch streams to YouTube after your broadcast has ended though, it's advised to sign up for the Nintendo Creators Program.
The Nintendo Creators Program is run by Nintendo and basically shares any revenue your YouTube videos would earn with Nintendo after they're published. Joining this program doesn't ensure that your videos will be protected from being taken down by Nintendo, but it does reduce the chances of this happening due to them being officially registered with the company.
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