Your PlayStation 4 is full of features that you might not use or even know about. From being able to record gameplay to manoeuvring around its user interface with just your voice, the console has ways to make your playing experience both better and easier. One of the many cool things it can do is have you livestream your gameplay to the two biggest platforms on the market: Twitch and YouTube.
To those who want to get into the streaming business casually but can’t afford a high end PC and capture card, worry not: your PlayStation 4 can do a good enough job to start things off. Granted, the quality of stream won’t be as good as with a good PC and recording equipment, but if you already own a PS4 console it’s free. Not only that, but it requires a minimal amount of setting up. So, if you fancy yourself the next syndicate, follow these simple steps to getting your gameplay online.
Step 1: Linking your account
First off you want to link your PlayStation 4 to your Twitch or YouTube account. It goes without saying that before you even do this, you’ll need to create an account on either platform at twitch.tv or youtube.com.
Now, on your PlayStation 4 go to Settings > PlayStation Account / Network Settings > Link with Other Services. Choose the service you want to link your PlayStation account with, and proceed to sign in. You may be asked to enter an activation code to prove it’s really you.
Step 2: Personalising your broadcast settings
With your account(s) linked you’re pretty much ready to start streaming, but your broadcast probably won’t look how you want it to. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your stream, you really want to customise how your livestream comes across to the viewer (or viewerS – hopefully).
Go to your PlayStation 4’s Settings > Sharing and Broadcasts > Broadcast Settings > Advanced Settings. From here you have a few options, so I’ll list them below:
- If you choose to stream with your image on the screen using a PlayStation Camera, then tick the box next to ‘Include Video from PlayStation Camera in Broadcast’.
- In Camera Video Settings you have the options of choosing the position of your image on the screen, its size, and direction. Mess around with the other settings like background, depth, edges, and brightness to find whatever suits your stream.
- In Audio Sharing Settings, tick the box next to ‘Include Microphone Audio in Broadcasts’ if you want your voice to be heard in the stream from either the PlayStation Camera or a separate mic. If you tick the box next to ‘Share Party Audio’ then the voices of others in your chat can also be heard.
- Tick the box next to ‘Display Message to Spectators and Spectators’ Comments’ if you want to see your viewers’ messages on the same screen as your gameplay, but bear in mind this means your image can only appear at the top right hand corner of the stream.
- In Message to Spectators you can customise what each viewer sees on screen.
- In Comments to Speech you can enable a feature that turns comments into spoken language, useful if you don’t have comments on screen.
If you want to further change your PlayStation Camera or Microphone settings, go to Settings > Devices > Audio Devices OR PlayStation Camera.
Step 3: Getting yourself on air
You’re all set up. You’ve customised your broadcast settings so that your stream looks the best it possibly can. The game you want to stream is running. But how do you actually go live? Luckily, that’s the easiest part.
When your game is running, press the Share button on your Dualshock 4. A Broadcast Gameplay page should appear on the screen, allowing you to choose which platform you’ll be streaming on. After you pick a platform, you’ll be directed to a page on which you can further personalise your stream. You’ll have the options of streaming with or without video, audio, and spectators’ comments, and can also create a title and description for that specific stream. Make sure you make these catchy and enticing; you want to attract as many people to your livestream as possible. One final thing to do is select the quality of stream; it’s probably safest to go for 720p at 30fps (unless you’re streaming from a PlayStation 4 Pro, in which case max out at 1080p).
Here we are. It’s your first stream. Go for it. Press Start Broadcasting, and enjoy your journey into the livestreaming community.
Got any questions about livestreaming? Are you trying to set it up but something’s going wrong? Don’t hesitate to ask in our comments section below and we’ll try and get back to you as soon as possible.