Live streaming is a massively popular online service, for both gamers and their audience. From bedroom based casuals to live, esports finals - every variety of gaming is available to watch around the clock! Simply load up and tune in.
It's pretty simple to start yourself, you just need a good enough PC and a strong internet connection and you're off! Of course, this is only the start, there's plenty more to think about: two monitor set ups, microphones, and a plethora of accessories that can take your channel to the next level - whether you pick Twitch, YouTube Live, or something else.
YOUR SET UP
Having enough grunt in your machine helps you stream effortlessly, with smooth gameplay, stutterfree - which is beneficial for both you and your aduience. Same goes for your peripherals. You need some decent kit at your finger tips and on your head.
Here at Overclockers UK, we use steelseries peripherals on our streaming set up:
Whilst you can get going with a decent computer & internet, if you want to go next level there are plenty of options to take your set-up to new heights. Whether you're just wanting a webcam, or if you're going full-steam-ahead pro mode with a greenscreen & Stream Deck, you can find it here!
A good chair is essential when you're going to be sat gaming for a good amount of time, and at Overclockers UK we have an excellent range to suit all styles and budget.
noblechairs offers unmatched levels of quality and comfort, the perfect companion for any gaming, streamer, or professional - with a tasteful design.
Nitro Concepts delivers a touch of racing flair, sporting a range of punchy, bright colours and angular contours.
Professional grade audio is always a treat, there's nothing worse than buzzing, hissing, background noise - or just straight up barely working audio capture. A good microphone doesn't have to cost the earth either.
Blue Microphones are a great solution, with the Snowball ICE giving you great performance with a low price, it connects via USB. Of course, if you want to upgrade, you can always go for the YETI or YETI Pro that offer more polarity patterns. The YETI Pro also features XLR break-out to work alongside professional equipment such as mixers or pre-amps.
We also stock mics from AKG who are known for the pro-grade equipment. Featuring large diaphragms, they are great for high quality capture - and perfect for those looking to take being an influencer as a profession.
A webcam is a staple for streamers, it gives your stream that personal touch and also means your audience get to see you! Everyone loves those moments of victory, failure, rage, and terror - and allowing your followers to see that is paramount.
One of the more popular solutions is the Logitech C920, with full HD 1080 recording and stereo audio capture, it's a great go to whether you're starting out or are in full swing.
There's also the RAZER Kiro that features a built-in ring light and supports 720p at 60FPS & 1080 at 30FPS.
Some people prefer to use a two system set-up, or capture their console. A capture card allows you to dedicate a machine to the stream side of things, whilst the other can focus on gaming. This means that the load isn't shared, and your rig isn't under too much stress, which can cause crashes, lag, and performance issues.
There's plenty of capture cards available, supporting up to 4K & 60FPS for ultra high definition and ultra smooth gameplay.
elgato Stream Deck
The elgato Stream Deck is a USB device that can work alongside multiple different platforms, including Twitch. The Stream Deck is fully customisable with 15 LCD keys - allowing you to tweak different stream features, and post pre-composed messages, plus you can customise the icon to make life easy.
The Stream Deck is ultra compact, meaning you won't lose valuable desk space - and adds a super professional touch to your stream.
Not only can you make your own icons for the keys, but just in case you don't have that flair for design, you can use elgato's Key Customiser to easily change the display for each key.
elgato Green Screen
When people hear green screen, they'd be right to think of visual FX & pro studio use. elgato have life easy for you with the Collapsible Streaming Green Screen. Simply sit it on the floor, rotate the feet, and raise the backdrop.
The Green Screen is built with it's own support behind the canvas, meaning it's easy to put up or pack down without failure mid-stream.
Why use green screen? It means no distracting background
A good set of peripherals can make or break a clutch, so why not ensure you get that pentakill with some lovely new peripherals. Here at Overclockers UK, we provide a wide range of mice, keyboards, headsets, and more - and we also offer pre-designed bundles to make life easier. Whether you're starting out or a veteran, you're sticking to a budget or having a splurge, lover or hater or RGB, clicky keys, or whatever... there's something for everyone.
No one likes low FPS, laggy gaming - and if you don't, your audience certainly won't either. We offer an extensive range of gaming PCs, with configurable options to tailor it to your needs. Of course, if you want something truly bespoke, then you're wanting our System Configurator! The OcUK System Configurator lets you pick every aspect of your build, with pre-configured compatible components to ensure a smooth journey.
For those of you who need to game on the go, check out our range of gaming laptops - there's your next perfect power house waiting. From brands such as ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte - there's a wide choice of specification including the latest Intel processors and NVIDIA graphics cards, meaning you can rely on the laptop whether at home or on the road.