23 Things Every Twitch Streamer Needs
Getting into game streaming is easy. Making it look good, not so much.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.