The Nintendo Switch is one of the best gaming systems ever, with the ability to play on the go as well as traditionally on a TV. The only thing more fun than playing your favorite games is streaming them for others to see. You just need a few things to get all set up and ready to stream Nintendo Switch on Twitch or other streaming platforms.
Note: The Nintendo Switch Lite cannot stream using a capture card because it lacks the internal hardware to make visual output possible.
To stream your Switch gameplay, you'll need to connect it to a computer using a reliable capture card. The Elgato HD60 S is one of the most popular ones on the market. It's easy to set up and provides 1080p60 capture.
No computer necessary
This external capture card doesn't take up much room and has easy access ports for connecting all of your devices up. It offers 4K Pass through and works with or without a PC as long as the gaming system you're using is connected to the internet and can stream.
This is many streamers' program of choice, and the best part about it is that it's completely free. Use it to stream on Twitch, adjust your settings, and record for later or stream live.
This is the perfect option for anyone looking for something relatively inexpensive but good. It doesn't have the best sound quality out there, but it's still really impressive and reliable. It really is one of the best microphones out there.
As we said in our EPOS B20 review, this is an impressive microphone that both looks professional and does an excellent job of blocking out background noises for clear vocal recordings.
If you're interested in recording yourself while you play, you will need a webcam. The Logitech BRIO captures in 4K has a zooming lens and automatically adjusts to your room's lighting for better visuals.
Lights and camera
If you'd like your streams to include your face, then you're going to need a good webcam and lighting. Razer is a well-known name in the gaming industry, and this webcam, ring light duo will help you come through nice and clear during your sessions.
When it comes to sound quality, wired connections are usually better. I love the HyperX CloudX as it works incredibly well, provides clear sound, and doesn't cost very much.
The awesome thing about the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless is that it connects to your devices using a USB-C adapter. Plug it directly into your computer on into the bottom of your Switch.
With 32 buttons at your fingertips, you can easily tap switches to adjust audio, launch a program, and more. That way, you don't have to fiddle around in a distracting way when streaming on your computer. Plus, the buttons are completely customizable, so you can change the icons to whatever you like.
If you like the idea of a stream deck but don't need anything huge, this six-button version is perfect. Use it to quickly launch your streaming software like OBS studios, access Streamlabs, or computer settings.
Set the mood
Many streamers like to add a purple or blue glow to their faces while streaming. This is accomplished with the help of wall-mounted mood lighting. They're a bit expensive, but they can help light your face up, and you can choose what colors come through to set a specific tone.
Gently down the stream
Streaming your video games is incredibly easy these days as long as you have the right equipment for the job. At the very least, you're going to need a decent computer, headset. microphone, streaming software, and a capture card to get started. Then if you'd like, you can get some fancy lighting or accessories to decorate your room with. If you're specifically going for a Nintendo audience, consider getting posters and amiibo.
If you're looking for a capture card on a budget, I highly recommend going with the Elgato HD60 S. It's one of the most popular capture cards on the market and doesn't cost too much either. It doesn't allow for 4K passthrough, but it does 1080p60 capture and is perfect for the Nintendo Switch. Elgato also offers several higher-grade capture cards if you want something more powerful.
Clear audio quality is a huge necessity if you're going to be commenting during your streams. If you're looking for something that won't break the bank, the Yetu Blue Nano will do the trick. If you want something that will capture your voice more clearly and do a better job blocking background noises, consider the EPOS B20 Streaming Mic.
Rebecca Spear is the dedicated gaming editor for iMore who loves playing games on Switch and iOS. She is a Zelda nut through and through and can also talk for hours about her favorite Pokémon games. She’s written hundreds of guides and reviews over the last six years to the point that if you get stuck in a game somewhere, she can help you out. On any given day, you’ll find her following the latest tech, digitally drawing with her iPad Air and Apple Pencil, reading a good book, or - you guessed it - playing video games. Follow her on Twitter @rrspear (opens in new tab) to see her post about her corgi, foster kitties, art, and favorite video game characters.
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