Looking to get started streaming on Twitch or YouTube, but not sure where to start? No worries, we have selected for you everything you need to have a perfect stream setup.
The idea of getting into streaming probably crossed your mind, but you quickly found yourself lost in the face of the many solutions available, both in software and hardware. We offer you a complete kit to start streaming. Visit our selection of the best microphones for podcasting and streaming to find the product you need.
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Here is our selection of the best devices and accessories to choose from to get started in streaming on youtube and twitch.
THE RIGHT WEBCAM FOR STREAMING ON TWITCH OR YOUTUBE
LOGITECH C920: VERSATILE USE
Let’s start with the main thing: the webcam. You can find a selection of the best webcams on Frandroid . We recommend the Logitech C920 to start streaming. Offered at the base at 100 euros, it often benefits from discounts. This is a versatile webcam that will suffice for basic streaming. It is capable of filming in 1080p 30 frames per second, not above. All the rest of the “C920” range is equally recommendable.
If you are more serious about streaming, you can go upmarket with the StreamCam, still from Logitech, which offers slightly higher quality because it offers 60 frames per second.
RAZER KIYO PRO: THE BEST FOR FILMING YOURSELF
If you have a little more budget, the American brand Razer offers attractive accessories for budding streamers in its catalog. In our test of the Razer Kiyo Pro , it was above all the image quality that stood out. Thanks to its sensor, the webcam can attract maximum light, even in the dark. An HDR mode is also present to better manage the backlight.
This webcam could be further improved by better support for Razer’s Synapse software. For those who wish to afford it, it is available from 189 euros at LDLC . Note that on its site, the manufacturer also offers a ring light to improve the lighting conditions of your scene. The ” basic ” Kiyo with its light ring is sold for 90 euros on Amazon .
Also note that you can also use your smartphone as a webcam , but this is not necessarily practical, especially in a streaming context. The combination with the light ring is beneficial, however the Logitech 920 with good light will always be more interesting in terms of performance. Otherwise, you will find what you are looking for in our selection of the best webcams .
THE MICROPHONE AT THE HEART OF THE STREAMING SETUP
If we often tend to pay attention to the image when setting up our setup, in reality, the sound is also very important, if not more so. If you are streaming a video game, the image from the webcam will often be displayed in a small insert, while the sound is however omnipresent. So that’s ultimately a more important point in this context.
For this, nothing better than a dedicated microphone, because even on a very good headset, the sound is never exceptional. We, therefore, advise you rather turn to a micro Bird UM1 sold for less than 60 euros.
MSI IMMERSE GV60: DESIGNED FOR CREATORS
The MSI brand, initially known for the quality of its hardware products, is launching its very first microphone with the Immerse GV60. It is a well-built product with a fairly simple design and high-quality performance. It is a perfect companion for those who want to invest and have a quality microphone for streaming.
Of course, some criticisms are to be highlighted on this product. First of all, we must note the absence of software dedicated to its microphone to manage all the sound features such as balance. The position of the connectors can also seem strange in certain aspects. But sold for less than 150 euros, the MSI Immerse GV60 is a good quality microphone to get started.
OTHER ACCESSORIES FOR GOOD STREAMING
In our selection of PC gamer screens , you will find something to help you in your stream. It is one of the important additional investments to be able to follow what is happening in the chat and to be reactive with its community. Since it is mostly a secondary screen, there is no need to invest in a luxury gaming screen. We can make do with a classic display like this 24-inch Full HD LED monitor, the Dell S2421NX , offered for less than 200 euros .
For a little more comfort, invest in a model that has a swivel mode or mount it on an articulating stand .
A RING LIGHT TO SHINE ON THE SCREEN
As for additional lights, they are not essential, but will be useful if the brightness of the place is not suitable. If your room is a bit dark, a ring light will bring an impressive quality boost to your face. In this regard, Elgato offers an interesting reference, with a model providing 2500 lumens and having a clamp allowing it to be fixed to a table.
Head over to our selection of the best ring lights for more choices . You will find all the details you need to choose the right product for your needs.
A GREEN BACKGROUND
You don’t necessarily need a green screen to stream. The charm and decoration of the room must ensure that the stream environment is pleasant. The investment is therefore unattractive at first, especially since the digital green screens made possible by modern graphics cards do a good job on occasion. If this is nevertheless an important point for you, you will find a green background for less than 30 euros on Amazon with the Neewer brand.
UN STREAM DECK
A Stream Deck for beginners is not necessarily the best option. However, if you want this accessory to add one-touch shortcuts and energize your lives, we advise you to start small. Choose a small case. Once again, it is the Elgato brand that stands out and offers a miniature product with six keys for as many shortcuts.
NANOLEAF, BEAUTIFUL CONNECTED LIGHTING FOR DECORATION
Finally, how can we not talk about the favorite decoration of streamers? The LED tiles offered by Nanoleaf are very popular decorative objects that can be modulated at will. With 16 million possible colors, you will have the choice. If you want to give a nice atmosphere to your interior, this can be a good solution that is easy to set up.
DO YOU NEED A BIG PC TO STREAM?
Depending on the content you’re streaming, you may not need the most powerful computer out there, but you will still need a good PC, especially if you want to stream at 60 FPS without any lag. It will be more fun to watch…
If you can, choose Nvidia graphics cards: they now have NVENC technology to remove a little load on all the other components. It is indeed the latter that takes care of the video encoding.
In other words, if you already have a gaming PC that holds up, you won’t necessarily need to invest in new components. Especially if you plan to stream relatively low-power games.
If, on the other hand, you plan to stream Flight Simulator or your bike is aging, we recommend a more muscular configuration. The specifics will of course vary depending on your budget, but generally speaking, aim for at least a six-core processor, 16 GB of RAM and a graphics card like the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 or a Radeon RX 6600 XT .
For more details on each component, we refer you to our guides detailing each component:
- Guide to the best processors
- Guide to the best graphics cards
- Guide to the best power supplies
- Guide to the best NVME SSDs
- Guide to the best cameras
- Guide to the best coolers
And because you are going to spend long hours in a chair, you might as well be sure that it is comfortable. For that, take a look at our comparison of gaming chairs .
INTERNET CONNECTION: IS FIBER COMPULSORY FOR STREAMING?
The stream is quite demanding in terms of bandwidth, so it will be necessary to have a robust internet connection: therefore preferably fiber to be able to offer the best image quality, in Ethernet if possible. With basic ADSL, you will have to go your way.