The Newbie's Guide To Video Game Streaming

A Computer To Stream From

Whether you plan to stream a console or PC game, you're going to need a computer. Macs are fine but at the moment PCs have the most options and can be easier to optimize than Apple hardware.

To stream from a PC alone, you'll need a good internal capture card. Those are special add-on devices that attach to a PCs motherboard and allow you to import a signal from an outside media source. You'll install the capture card in your PC and then hook the output of your console to the card. Most cards come with software bundled to install any drivers or capture programs to get started.

Let's say that you're not comfortable opening up a PC and installing components that look like cyborg guts. There are a number of external capture devices that work as well. HappaugeAverMedia and Roxio make such devices that not only get the job done but take up little space. Set-up is as straight forward as hooking up a DVD player. Run the output of your console into the input of the capture device, then the output of the capture device to the input of your TV or monitor. One of the cool things about external capture devices is the that it does most of the work for you. In the case of the Happauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition, you can run your gameplay straight from the box to a twitch.tv or YouTube account. There may be a few extra steps for other capture devices but nothing that would make you smash it with a mallet.

Happauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition
Price: $160
Buy it here: amazon.com

AverMedia Gamer Live HD
Price: $180
Buy it here: amazon.com

Roxio Game Capture HD PRO
Price: $120
Buy it here: amazon.com

AverMedia Game Capture HD
Price: $120
Buy it here: amazon.com

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