A modern gaming PC should be enough to broadcast your gameplay to the internet, but a second computer can help create a smoother streaming experience. You can even repurpose old hardware to achieve this, assuming it meets the minimum specs for the streaming platform of your choice. That’s why you have to know about the dual PC Streaming Setup guide.
For gamers who want to maximize the streaming experience, two PCs can be a great option.
Why dual PCs?
There isn’t one exact way to set up your ideal streaming solution, so we’ll be going over a variety of hardware configurations here. Depending on your specific streaming needs and hardware, your setup process might look slightly different, though the fundamentals should be roughly the same.
What you’ll need
– Whether you decide to repurpose an older machine or purchase an entirely new one for the job, make sure you have a mouse, keyboard, and monitor for both.
– A good rule of thumb is to think of one PC as your gaming computer and the other as your streaming machine.
– For your primary gaming PC, ensure it meets at least the minimum CPU and GPU specs to play the games you want.
– When selecting your streaming PC, keep in mind that your CPU does most of the work encoding video for your stream.
– Once you’ve assembled your hardware including gaming PC and streaming PC, start rounding up software — including streaming software.
– For first-timers, Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is easy to navigate and equipped with what you need to help facilitate a two-computer stream setup.
– Capture Card: This device has input and output ports needed to broadcast real-time video from the gaming rig to your stream machine. You can choose between an internal capture card or an external one connected via USB and HDMI.
– Headphones: If you only want in-game audio, just plug your headphones directly into the gaming PC.
– Microphone: Stand-up mic like Blue Yeti plugged into your stream machine so that audience can hear you.
– Webcam: A webcam can help provide a more personal touch to your stream.
Setting Up Dual PC Streaming
Before setting up dual PCs for streaming:
1. Download desired streaming software such as OBS, SLOBS (Streamlabs OBS), or Xsplit on both machines
2. Ensure capture card is connected or installed in the streaming machine before connecting two PCs.
Connecting Your Two PCs:
1. Plug an HDMI cable from gaming PC into “in” connection of capture card; then connect capture card via USB into streaming PC
2. Install internal capture card in streaming PC following manufacturer-provided instructions; connect graphics card via HDMI from gaming computer into HDMI port labeled “in” on capture card installed on stream machine
Once everything is plugged in properly:
– Make sure that any movement or animation is visible in preview window after adding capture card as video source in broadcasting app like OBS or SLOBS
– Check sound levels available for each source in Mixer panel if using OBS
Two computers can be better than one when it comes to game-streaming setups — especially when considering how much control it gives over workload distribution during game play and video encoding processes.
If you’re serious about streaming, then a dual PC setup is the way to go. It may require a bit more investment upfront, but it will pay off in the long run. Your viewers will appreciate the smoother gameplay and higher-quality streams, and you’ll be able to create more engaging and professional content.
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