How to livestream on Nintendo Switch


So you’ve mastered your favorite Switch game, and you’re ready to stream your skills to the world. If you’re not sure how to go about it, we’ve put together a basic explainer how to livestream on Nintendo Switch. The process varies slightly between platforms, so we’ve provided specific instructions for Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook. If you’re familiar with the platform and want to properly connect your Switch, we also have step-by-step instructions for that.

Note that livestreaming only works with a regular Nintendo Switch. The Switch Lite can’t output video to an external display, so you can’t connect it to a capture card. There are many different broadcast applications out there to support streaming, but this guide focuses on OBS – a free, open-source streaming platform.

Further reading

  • Best Nintendo Switch Games
  • Best Indie Games on Nintendo Switch
  • Nintendo Switch vs Switch Lite

How to Stream on Nintendo Switch

Before we get into the weeds, here’s how to stream on Nintendo Switch.

  1. Dock your Nintendo Switch, and connect an HDMI cable between it and your capture card’s input.
  2. Using the other HDMI cable, connect the output of your capture card to the TV or monitor.
  3. Connect your capture card to your computer using a USB cable.
  4. Launch OBS and connect to your favorite streaming platform via Adjustment Menu.
  5. Configure your scene by adding a capture card and any overlays you want.
  6. Click start streaming to go live.

what you’ll need

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First, you will need a switch, a Switch dock, an external monitor or TV, a PC for connecting to the Internet, and a capture card – in this case, we chose to use a razor ripsaw. Next, you’ll need to set up the Nintendo Switch for streaming. To do this, connect your dock to a power source and plug the HDMI cable into the capture card input. Next, take the capture card HDMI cable and plug it into an external monitor or television. Now take the USB cable from the capture card and plug it into your computer.

If you’re using Ripsaw, you’ll need to download and install the Razer Synapse program. At this point, make sure the light on the ripsaw has turned green. Download Open Broadcaster Studio (OBS) from here developer’s website. Once installed, open OBS, and under sources say, right click Add Video Capture Device. Choose New And name it whatever you want. Next, click device And select your capture card from the resulting drop-down menu.

Now you can turn on your Switch and open the game you want to stream. If at this point the image does not appear on the screen in OBS, change the resolution FPS type to Custom And set the resolution to 1080p and the framerate to 60. Now, you have to decide which platform you want to use for streaming. Below are three of the more popular options.

Twitch

First, go to Twitch.tv And log in – if you don’t have an account, sign up for one at this point – and click your name in the upper-right corner to access Manufacturer Dashboard. Next, go here settings, stream choose more Display bottom Important stream key. Copy this key and go back to OBS. Click file, Then Adjustment. Next, click streaming choose more Twitch As a service before choosing the server closest to you in terms of location. You can copy and paste your stream key here. Afterwards, choose applicable. Click start streaming And head back to Twitch.tv, where you should be able to see the preview in the Dashboard’s Stream Manager.

youtube

First, go to youtube and log in normally. To access your Creator Studio, click the profile icon in the upper-right corner, and select to create in the upper right corner. then you can select go Live. If this is your first time doing this, you will need to verify your account and wait 24 hours before streaming. Input all of your basic information on the resulting page, including title descriptions, thumbnails, and other aspects you want. Afterwards, scroll down Encoder Settings and click It shows on the stream key.

Copy that key and open OBS. Choose file, settings, Then section. Select YouTube as the primary server and YouTube as the service. Next, enter the stream key and click on applicable. Click start streaming And check out YouTube for your stream.

Note: As soon as you click start streamingYour stream goes live. Choose Private Already when you’re testing things.

Facebook

Facebook It has its own streaming platform with several built-in tools to help you promote your channel and track viewership. To get started, navigate to Facebook Gaming Website. First, you need to create a page. Specify a name for the page and input gaming video maker as category. click on create page below, and you’ll be able to add pictures and a cover photo. Save any changes, and you’ll be ready to set up your first live stream.

Click creator studio menu on the left side of the screen. From there, choose create post, Then live video. This will launch a new window where you will play the stream itself. Create a stream title and description using the options on the left. Make sure use stream key is selected, and under live stream setup, You will be able to copy the stream key for use in OBS.

After completing this step, switch to OBS. Choose file, installation, and then section the option. You will want to choose Facebook Live as your streaming service. After selecting it, you have to decide on your default server. To do this, enter the stream key (or use the copy and paste function) and select applicable. press start streaming button in OBS, then go direct into Facebook, and you’ll be officially streaming your gameplay on Facebook.




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