Streaming is more popular than ever, with producers daring to share their experiences Fortnite, PUBG, Overwatch, even more. In this guide, we can show Sony fans among you how to stream to the PlayStation 4 using the PS4’s built-in streaming capabilities using a capture card.
Although the PS4’s streaming capability is impressive, it is not suited for those who want a full stream with commentary, chat conversations and overlays. Nevertheless, we’ll show you both methods for streaming on PS4 so that you can broadcast your gameplay on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and more.
Method 1: Use the PS4 broadcast feature
PS4 andThere is a “broadcast” feature built into the operating system. With this, you can automatically start streaming your gameplay on Twitch and YouTube, all with a few clicks of your X button. That said, there are some downsides when it comes to streaming streaming.
Streaming requires computing resources and, considering the PS4 is already operating at a thin margin when it comes to rendering games, which can lead to a choppy stream. In addition, there are limited controls when it comes to the quality of your stream. If you want the way you broadcast, we want better control.
Still, the broadcast feature is convenient, and a sure way to show the world its gameplay in an instant. Follow the steps below to get set up quickly.
Step 1: Link your accounts
Before streaming, you must link your accounts. There are many different services that can be associated with your PS4, but only Twitch and YouTube work for live video streams. To find the account linking area, follow these steps.
- Click sSettings- From the home screen.
- Choose account management, Again Link with other services.
- Select the service you want to use. We will use twitch for our example.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to link your account.
It is really so. Basically, you are authorizing your PS4 to interact with these services, so this process is quite painless. With Twitch, you must either enter a code on your computer or scan a QR code with your phone to authenticate your account. After that, you are ready to start streaming.
Step 2: Adjust Your Video Settings
All that’s left is to start a game. Once you are done, you will be able to open the “share” overlay – you guessed it – srabbit Button on your controller. With this overlay, you can take a screenshot, share your gameplay with a friend, and more. For the purposes of this guide, click on Broadcast gameplay.
Don’t worry, you won’t start streaming right away. Before sending you live, the PS4 will ask for your video stream settings, as well as the platform you want to stream. There are not a ton of settings out there, but you can still adjust the video quality, give your stream a name, and choose whether you want to broadcastAnd microphone.
Finally, Hit start broadcasting And you will be sent live. There are some advanced settings you can tamper with, but they are not necessary for most people.
Step 3: Start Streaming
Now you are streaming, but there are still some settings that you can change while going live. If you are facing problems, you can open the share overlay again to find Broadcast gameplay Button replaced with a Broadcast settings switch. There, you can change aspects of your stream without having to go offline.
More importantly, you can end your stream with broadcast settings, which you want to make sure whenever you want to wrap.
Method 2: Use a Capture Card
Using a capture card is the preferred method of streaming on the PS4, especially if you are serious about it. Although console streaming is far more convenient, it is much more limited. You cannot add overlays to your stream, webcams are not supported in a customizable way, and there is little control over your broadcast settings.
Enter Capture Card. These small devices take data from your PS4 which is usually output to your TV and allows you to use it with your computer. With video streamed to your OS, you are free to use third-party broadcast software, allowing you to gain more control over your stream.
In addition, you are reducing overhead computing. Streaming, as mentioned, requires computing resources on its own, and this is what your PS4 is already doing, in addition to rendering. Streaming on a high-powered computer with your PS4 will get you a high quality stream, as long as your video settings are properly configured.
Step 1: Plug everything in
Half the battle with the capture card is plugging everything in. The goal is to plug your PS4 into a capture card and then send that video stream to your computer. For most setups, the capture card acts like a middle person, relaying the information being sent from your console to your computer.
However, you may have some different setups, which we are going to highlight using EverMedia and some of its graphicscapture card. If you just want to stream your gameplay, you’ll need to connect your PS4 to a capture card via HDMI, your capture card via HDMI to the display, and a capture card to your streaming computer over USB.
For those who want commentary while playing, the easy solution is to connect your PS4 to your capture card and your capture card to your computer. The Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus actually has a headphone and microphone connection built-in, allowing you to easily capture your voice while playing. If you are using something, Which does not have microphone input, you can still do live commentary. All you need to do is set up through your streaming client.
Step 2: Set up your streaming client
Speaking of streaming clients, you’ll need a separate piece of software to stream while using a capture card. Most capture cards come with some kind of streaming or editing software. We recommend OBS, however. It is open-source, easy to use, highly flexible, and, above all, free.
With it, you can set up multiple scenes, add changes to them, and picture-in-picture. We will leave the finer points of software for you to search. For the purposes of this guide, we’ll show you how you can run your PS4. Before streaming, you have to connect your accounts, which you can follow the steps given below.
- Open OBS and click Adjustment.
- Choose Stream.
- Choose your streaming service and connect your account.
OBS describes Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and every other streaming platform. You can connect to your account by logging in via OBS, but you don’t need to. All OBS require a stream key, which you can find in your account Twitch, and so on.
While still in the settings, you will need to adjust some video controls. Under Advanced Tab, make sure you prioritize your process High or above normal. This way, OBS will take more resources to send your stream. If you are experiencing a choppy, then shutting down some background apps may also help.
Otherwise, you have to adjust the settings in Video And production Tab. For the former, you can set your base resolution, as well as scaled resolution. For example, you can capture in 4K and downscale it to 1080p for your stream. You can also adjust your FPS and downscale filter here.
“Output” is the most important section though. Here, you will need to adjust two important settings, your bitrate and encoder. Your video bitrate determines the overall quality of your stream, with higher numbers being better. Of course, this takes some experimentation, but the rule of thumb is to take your upload speed and split it in half for your video bitrate. In OBS, the video bitrate is displayed in kilobytes per second, so you will need to change the megabit per second that you are receiving for your upload speed.
Next, you have to set your encoder. OBS gives you the choice between hardware and software encoding. Hardware encoding depends on your CPU, while software encoding uses the power of your graphics card. What you choose depends entirely on the computer you are using the stream from. Without a decent GPU, it is usually better to use hardware encoding. If you have a decent gaming computer, then, you can get away with software encoding, because your PS4 is doing all the heavy lifting when it comes to rendering games.
Step 3: Setting Your Stream
Finally, you can turn off the settings. Now, the time has come to set your stream. You have to add your capture card input as a source in OBS, which you can do by clicking below the plus button Sources Area. You can do a handful of settings when it comes to new sources, but by default everything should be fine.
If you are feeling adventurous then many sources and visuals can take your streaming to the next level. OBS allows you to scale and drag sources around the streaming window, allowing you to set an overlay, add your webcam, and add a comment ticker to your stream. In the scenes section, you can add overlays when your stream starts and, when you need to take a break, transitions between them easily.
Step 4: Start Streaming
Now that you have set up your stream, click Start streaming For broadcast. OBS provides the flexibility that a critical streamer needs. But it can be very complicated for newcomers, who want to start with a more accessible option.
Streamlabs OBS Our favorite is with its chat, support for widgets and free themes. Streamlabs actually uses the same source code as OBS, but it is tailor-made for streaming on Twitch and similar platforms, while you can use OBS for almost limitless broadcast scenarios.