Whether you're a steady Twitch streamer or you're new to the scene, there's always something to improve on.
You don't need thousands of dollars of equipment to stream your gameplay. If you're a heavy gamer, chances are you already have a respectable computer to run broadcasting software (that's the easy part). The hard part is making your stream look and sound good.
Twitch.tv is a rapidly growing social video platform. With 100 million viewers each month, everyone is looking to become the next big broadcaster.
This is a good example of a stream layout.
Don't be like this guy.
This is my what my home setup looks like.
The following is a quick and dirty list to get new people up and running, or for established streamers to improve their setup.
2. The Samson Go Mic ($37) is an entry level mic for those just looking to dip their toe into streaming.
3. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset ($78) gets you the most bang for your buck in voice, sound, and build quality.
4. The Blue Yeti USB Microphone ($110+) is a solid mid-tier choice for voice quality and used by many.
5. The Audio-Technica AT2020 ($88) is a great mic if you're looking to get more serious.
6. The Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface ($150) lets you use your fancier XLR microphones on your PC. (You will need this if you buy the AT2020 above.)
7. The Newwer Microphone Scissor Arm Stand ($14) keeps the mic close to your face and off your desk.
8. This Dragonpad pop filter ($6) stops those hard 'p' and 'b' sounds.
This screen softens all of your 'b' and 'p' sounds by dissipating the air before it gets to the mic. This is a really cheap item that will allow you to have a mic closer to your mouth.
9. The Logitech C310 ($30) is a well performing budget entry into webcams.
10. The Logitech C920 ($70) is for those looking to get more fidelity in their webcam.
11. The Ikea Tertial ($9) is a nice cheap way to get lighting for your webcam.
12. The CowboyStudio Triple Lighting Kit ($55) is great for lighting up your face when you're on stream or for that new green screen setup.
13. The Fancierstudio Lighting and Green Screen Kit ($115) has got all your bases covered for a green screen, backdrop stand and lighting for a reasonable price.
If you want to stream from a console, you're gonna need one of these.
The selection below should have you covered for any thing you want to stream. From your old NES to the PS4.
14. The I-o DATA GV-USB2 ($36) will connect any console that uses composite (the yellow, white, red plugs).
15. The AVerMedia Live Gamer HD ($180) is an internal card for your PC that has inputs for HDMI.
16. The Elgato External Game Recorder ($134) captures gameplay from your more modern consoles with HDMI.
17. A cotton green screen ($19) is often the first extra that people look to. Who doesn't want that sweet chroma key?
18. The Auray Reflection Filter ($50) reduces echo by absorbing sound behind your mic.
If this one is sold out, try this one.
19. A microphone shock mount ($9) will reduce any vibration your mic will pick up. Live near a train? You're gonna probably need one.
20. You might need extra long XLR cables ($5).
21. Speaking of cables, Amazon Basics has good, cheap cables that you might need in case your audio interface doesn't fully reach.
22. USB extension cables ($6) help out when you want your webcam to be placed in an area further away from your setup.
DOUBLE CHECK WHAT KIND OF CABLES YOU WILL NEED BEFORE YOU BUY!
There is no worse feeling than waiting the few days to have the WRONG cables shipped to you. So please, please, please check what cables you'll need before you click that buy button.
23. Getting too much echo in your room? A 12 Pack- Acoustic Panels ($20) will help in making your room sound more full.
You'll need to stick these to the wall somehow. Use something like a spray adhesive will get that job done.