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Affordable Solid List of Essential Game Streaming Equipment for Twitch

Are you looking to get into game streaming but are not sure where to start with your live streaming equipment? The truth is you can probably start live game streaming right now with just your next gen console or your PC – but if you really want to take it seriously, there are a few items that will help you look more professional.

A lot of people ask what exactly they need to get started streaming. It is pretty easy for me to rattle off a list of basic items they would need including a camera, a microphone, some lights, etc., but this list compiles all that great information into one easy to read guide.

Everything below is all laid out for you to easily set up your own studio with all live streaming equipment you need.

Video Game Streaming Equipment On A Budget

I am going to assume that you already have a computer, or a console. If you would like to know more about software and getting your stream set up for viewers check out my article on Best Twitch Streaming Software.

I have compiled this list of live streaming equipment in order of what I consider to be the most important to the least important.

Street Cred

I started taking streaming on Twitch seriously 3 years ago after attending Twitch Con 2017 in Long Beach, CA. 

I saw what could be done and accomplished. It empowered me to muster up the courage to get in front of a webcam and create art publicly over the internet in front of perfect strangers. 

Since then, I have tried to figure out how stream effectively in my spare time. It has been a journey, but over the past year I have grown my Twitch following from just a couple hundred to over 1,200 followers.  

Why Should You Stream?

When I started streaming I used it as a way to create a set schedule to work on art projects. Since I was being watched, it kept me from checking social media or getting distracted.

I also like the social aspect of it.

These days, I still make art. But I also have found that I love playing Games with the developers, and level creaters.

My reasons won’t be the same as yours. Maybe you are amazing at a game and you want to show off your skills. Maybe you are hilarious and want to make people laugh while you play.

There are many reasons to start streaming. Whatever it is, my advice is to stay true to yourself and just have fun with it.

List of Live
Game Streaming Equipment Supplies 

I’ve organized this list so that you have the best game streaming equipment and supplies possible in three different categories: Budget, Good and Better. 

Microphone

While it’s true that ‘no commentary’ gameplay videos are a thing, streamers that engage with their audience are far more successful than both invisible voices, and silent streams. 

If you are wanting to live broadcast your gaming, having a microphone is critical. Most laptops and gaming headsets have microphones in them. These mics are functional enough for your typical zoom call or discord chat, but they will not cut the mustard on a live stream.

Why Does a Microphone Matter?

Arguably good audio is more important even then the video quality. It is the most critical and primary method for which you will be communicating with your audience.

If your audience can’t hear you, or understand you, they are not going to stick around for long. The average viewer will be more forgiving for bad visual quality over bad audio.

For that reason, a decent Microphone is on the top of the list. And it does not have to break the bank.

Budget: USB Streaming Podcast PC Microphone Kit

Good: HyperX QuadCast – USB Condenser Gaming Microphone

Better: Blue Yeti USB Mic for Recording and Streaming on PC

There are a lot of opinions on Microphones and whether you should go USB or XLR, Condenser or Dynamic. I have been using the Blue Yeti for quite a while and am happy with it. It has both the USB and XLR option when you go with the Pro. Going XLR requires additional hardware and know-how. So for now I have chosen to go with the USB input.

Web Camera

Around 90% of Twitch/Gaming live streams make use of a web camera for their channels. This means it is somewhat standard and an expectation. Yes, there are exceptions to the rules. While it is perfectly acceptable to stream audio only, it is very difficult to build a following without one.

Why? Live streaming is a very social format. While there are some big streamers out there who don’t use a face cam. The majority do. People want to see your reactions and get to know you. That being said. You should do what you are comfortable with. If you don’t want to stream your face, you can definitely stream without a webcam.

If you are new to live streaming. Your camera is something that you can either start out with something less expensive or go with what you have. Some streaming software will actually allow you to connect to your smart phone and use that as a webcam.

While you could use the webcam on your laptop or pc monitor. I have found that having a separate camera allows for a lot more control when aiming and adjusting. And typically the quality is a lot higher.

Budget: 1080p Webcam with Microphone

Good: Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, 1080p

Better: Logitech Stream Cam and Razer Kiyo

I have used both the Razer Kiyo and the Logitech C920. Both excellent cameras. I do like the addition of the ring light on the Kiyo. The C920 has been the standard for along time as the go to webcam.

Lighting

I would actually place good lighting at number 2 on the list if not for the fact that without a camera Lighting would be pointless.

Lighting does not have to be expensive at all. And you can probably utilize desk lamps etc… that you already have at home.

It cannot be understated how important good lighting is on your stream. It doesn’t matter how expensive and nice your camera is, without good lighting your image will look like garbage no matter what.

Budget: Video Portrait Studio Lighting Kit

Good: Neewer 2 Packs Dimmable LED Light and Stand Kit

Better: Elgato Key Light Professional Studio LED Panel With 2800 Lumens

I have actually used all 3 types of these lights, and they all get the job done. The Elgato Key Light looks nice, and has all the bells and whistles. My go to is the Neewer lights shown up above, I like how compact they are and are less expensive than the Elgato Lights.

As long as you aren’t tight for space, the budget set of studio lights will more than get the job done.

I am only talking equipment here. Setting up lighting takes a little time and adjustment.

Video Capture Device

Next up on my list of importance is the capture card. This is most important if you are using a console to stream your games. That menas, Nintendo Switch, Playstation and Xbox. While it is true that the Playstation and Xbox do have built in support. You are limited to the format these systems will allow.

Budget: Audio Video Capture Card HDMI to USB

Good: Elgato HD60 S Capture Card 1080p

The Elgato HD60 is the capture device that I currently use and have used for the past couple years. Primarily to stream using my switch but also to stream a second computer. 

If you don’t have a crazy top of the line computer, but do have two decent computers you can use one computer to stream from and the other one to play your game.

If you are playing performance needy games on a less than top of the line pc, then you will run into issues streaming as it has to share resources with encoding the streamed video.

Better: Elgato 4K60 S+ Capture Card 4K

Green Screen

Green screens are totally optional. And really their use is somewhat of a design and branding choice. Currently the trend with games I like to play like Super Mario Maker 2 is to use a greenscreen. I prefer it because it helps give as much of the game screen as possible with my viewers. 

A lot of shooter streamers tend to use a boxed in view with fancy overlays. In these types of games the viewers focus is generally at the center of the screen so having an overlay in one of the corners is acceptable.

Some streamers like to show off their streaming location as well and use their office as a backdrop to help show off their branding.

Like I say. Greenscreens are optional and not overly expensive to get started with. I have shared some options below.

Budget: 5×7 Green Screen Backdrop

Good: Green Screen Backdrop with Support System

Better: 77in x 92in Collapsible Chromakey Panel Green Screen

Headphones

Personally I am not a fan of bulky traditional headphones. But I am pretty sure I am an exception not the norm. I would suggest that you keep your microphone and headphones separate, but some streamers like to use headsets with a microphone built in. To each their own. 

Listed below are a few headset options. I actually own the budget headset listed below and I think it is a fine headset, but I have opted to use a simple set of wired earbuds for my stream as I feel like it personally gives me the appearance that I am face to face talking with my audience rather than swaddled in giant headphones. Different strokes for different folks. I would love to see some data surrounding the topic. At the end of the day. Do what you feel is best for you and your stream.

Budget: RUNMUS Gaming Headset

Good: Steel Series High Fidelity Gaming Headset

Better: Asus Gaming Headset ROG Centurion with USB Control Box

If you have read this far. Thank you for checking out my list.

Most Live Streamers are very passionate about equipment and have strong opinions. This list is meant to help the beginner get started.

Feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear your opinion on this list and what could make it better!

Happy streaming!

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