So let’s say you’ve decided you want to give the world a glimpse of your wit, deep-rooted knowledge of pop culture, and endless sarcasm while playing Call of Duty. Maybe you’ll make your great debut on Twitch, Microsoft’s Mixer, Facebook Gaming or YouTube Gaming. Either way, being a streamer isn’t as easy as it sounds because it isn’t simply about playing games and feeding your ego with views. It requires your ability to hold a conversation, multi-task, and entertain people – and this is just the social aspect. Streaming can also cost a small fortune when you get the equipment required for a seamless streaming experience.
It’s tempting to get the cheapest equipment you can find, especially while starting out, however this is not a great idea if you want to truly be a respected streamer. You don’t want inefficient equipment while building a base of prospective fans; they will hold it against you and likely be less interested in your work. Think of this as your premiere – if you were to attend a physical event for your introduction to the world, you would try on a million outfits first and want to look your absolute best. You should treat your streaming debut the same way; luckily, all you need is quality equipment and the drive to succeed.
To assist you, we have put together a list of some of the equipment you’ll want to consider going forward. In consequent posts, we will delve into the best aspects of this equipment based on factors such as budget, performance, and durability. Below are the basics for starting a streaming channel:
This is probably the easiest to obtain as most serious gamers, regardless of streaming, already have at least one. In this day and age, gamers require headsets to effectively communicate with other streamers in addition to gamers who watch them play. It is of paramount importance to get a sturdy headset with a firm grip on your head; imagine the frustration you’d experience if you began streaming and your headset started falling off randomly, needing to be put back in place.
The Spellond by Sades surprisingly has a lot of value packed into its low price.
– Tight fit
– Great sound
– Cheaply made (Not very flexible)
– The mic isn’t detachable
$50 – $100
HyperX Cloud Core Gaming Headset
The HyperX Cloud Core Gaming Headset is one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve had the pleasure of using. Considering quality coupled with a modest price tag. This headset from HyperX is hard to beat.
– Build quality
– 53mm drivers delivering crystal-clear sound
– Detachable mic
– Xbox one requires an adapter (sold separately)
– An older model (Newer model here but right at $100)
The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset is hands down the best headset I’ve ever used. All the comfort and quality as the HyperX Cloud Core Gaming Headset mentioned above plus some. When you first pick it up you can instantly feel the build quality that has gone into this thing.
– Build quality
– USB Adapter or Wireless (Rate up to 30 hours)
– Detachable mic
– Requires charging for wireless use
If you already have great headphones and don’t want to invest in a full headset, you should also acquire a microphone because people need to be able to hear you. Our advice is skip the headphones + microphone situation and go straight for a headset, but if you want to get the microphone individually, you’ll want to keep an eye out for 3 things:
- Is your microphone a condenser mic?
- Pros: They capture a larger frequency range than traditional mics and they have louder output. You can get some of the clearest sound through condenser microphones.
- Cons: While the louder output is great, it is a double-edged sword in the sense that it picks up way more background noise than a regular microphone. This is a con if you have a lot of noise around your gaming area.
- What is your microphone’s maximum shock resistance value?
- This one is probably obvious, bust make sure what you purchase is compatible with the rest of your setup.
The Blue Snowball iCE Microphone tends to be the most popular for low-end PC mics.
– Doesn’t take up a lot of space
– No drivers to install
– The stand is low quality
– Will pick up every background sound in the room
– Out of box quality doesn’t last very long
Razer Seiren X USB Streaming Microphone
The Razer Seiren X USB Microphone is a beautiful mic that offers zero latency when monitoring yourself. Great for an entry level streamer.
– Built in shock mount
– Beautifly designed
– Requires advanced software knowledge
– Build quality
– Occasional issues that require a restart
The HyperX QuadCast Microphone is the latest microphone from HyperX that packs a whole lot of value in its price tag. With easy to use gain control and tap to mute sensor LED. We think the QuadCast is an excellent pick for any streaming setup.
– Price vs value
– Excellent design
– Easy to use
– No options to turn off LED light
– Not USB-C like higher-end mics
– Tends to pick up all sounds in the room
This is a no brainer. How else do you intend to stream your gaming content when you have no camera? With cameras, it can be quite tricky as there are a plethora of camera vendors out there churning out marketing gimmicks while trying to convince you their product is the best.
Microsoft LifeCam Studio
The Microsoft LifeCam isn’t the most popular. However, given the simple setup and 1080p HD capability at this price tag, it’s hard not to consider.
– Easy to Use
– Top of the line of the Lifecam series
– May have a few issues on Windows 10
– The built-in auto focus usually requires manual tweaking
Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam
The Logitech C922x Pro is hands down the most popular camera for beginner and even a few veteran streamers. This camera was specifically optimized for streaming and recording. Offering 1080P at 30FPS or 720P at 60FPS this camera is sure to be a great investment for any streaming channel.
– Full HD capabilities
– Low profile
– Maintains great image quality in dimly lit rooms
– Tends to have occasional driver issues
– Not very many upgrades from the previous Logitech HD Pro C920
– Poor quality built-in mic
Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder
The Canon VIXIA HF R800 offers portable capabilities that give streamers the option to go live beyond any home setup. Boasting a great battery life with true 1080p HD at 60 FPS. The Canon VIXIA R800 would be a great addition to any setup.
– Long battery life
– Digital Screen
– HD video quality
– Plugin ports are poor quality
– Requires advanced knowledge to use for live streaming
– HD issues in low light