Animal Cossing Switch LiteSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

Best Answer: Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch Lite doesn't include the necessary internal hardware to allow for connected streaming. As such, you'll have to rig a camera over your Switch Lite if you want to stream gameplay to Mixer or Twitch.

Why can't I stream directly from the Switch Lite?

Nintendo Switch LiteSource: iMore

Nintendo's Switch Lite is a smaller gaming system specifically designed for handheld use. It doesn't include all of the features or hardware you'll find in the original Switch. For example, there are no removable controllers, rumble option, motion controls, or internal hardware that allows for visual output. The last of which, makes it harder to share gameplay onto streaming channels than it would be using other consoles or even the original Switch.

You see, in order to stream from a regular Switch or any other console, a device called a capture card must be connected to both the Switch and a PC. Capture cards help consoles bypass restrictions that are placed on certain features or tools.

On top of that, they allow you to get a smoother recording than what the Nintendo Switch's screen capture button allows for. But, since visual output isn't possible on the Switch Lite, you won't be able to use a capture card with it. That's why you need to find an external camera solution if you're serious about streaming your Switch Lite gameplay.

Streaming with camera rigs

If you really want to stream gameplay from your Switch Lite, you're going to need a good quality camera, lighting instruments, and some kind of camera rig that looks down on your gaming system while it lays on a flat surface. Or, if you simply intend to record using your phone, something like this will do the trick. Additionally, if you want to include your own voice recordings, then you're going to want a quality microphone as well.

Getting quality equipment gets expensive really fast, but if you're serious about sharing your Switch Lite gameplay, then that's what you've got to do.

Handheld only

Nintendo Switch Lite

Perfect for on-the-go gaming

The Nintendo Switch Lite comes in a few different colors and is a smaller version of the original Nintendo Switch. However, it's a handheld only device that doesn't support visual output and thus cannot be connected to a TV.

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