Live streaming has picked up. In days past, we used to watch televised baseball, football, or even soccer games! These were commonly seen and always a hit with the older generations. However, recently, we have seen an increase in televised video games. With the rise in streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix, Twitch, and others, it is now commonplace to watch Streamers play video games for entertainment.
Now is the time to jump into the fray! There has never been a better time to pick up equipment for your entrance into the world of streaming. As with any profession, hobby, or the like, we need proper gear. To start with, you’re going to need a video camera to capture yourself! Popular streamers tend to have a good view of their face in the view frame. You want viewers to be able to see your face and read your emotions. Here are a few options you should consider as you begin your foray into this endeavor.
Best in the Market
Any line of Canon DSLR cameras will always be up to the job of capturing video. Canon has been a consistent competitor in the DSLR market and their video quality is top-notch. Kits for Canon start as little as $599 and range up into the thousands.
Most gamers these days are familiar with Razer. The Razer Kiyo has an integrated white light to illuminate your streaming space. It’s very budget friendly starting at $96.98.
Finally, Logitech has a wide array of USB webcams that are up to the job! The Logitech Brio Ulra HD Pro offers professional performance at a reasonable price. Retailing for $218.95, it’s a balanced middle ground between the Razer and the Canon that more than lives up to its price to performance ratio.
All Systems Go
Once you have your video capture equipment taken care of, it’s time to look at your audio capture device. Razer, Logitech, and others all have equipment dedicated to this function. However, picking out which microphone works best for you, your space, and your intentions, is going to require some consideration.
The Razer Seiren has both a full size and a mini edition that will take care of your audio transmission needs. The mini retails at $50 and the full size will go for $70, both incredibly affordable price points for their quality.
Hyper X is also a contender in the audio capture game, offering their QuadCast at an intermediate price of $140. For the streamers who want some RGB LED capability, an extra $30 will afford the LED edition of the QuadCast.
Finally, for the gamers who want an all-in-one option, the Logitech PRO X Gaming Headset offers both high quality audio input and output. The headset has durable memory foam padding and their top of the line microphone technology, Blue Vo!ce, is adjustable on the fly. This retails at $129.99.
Once you’ve gathered your video capture device, audio inputs, and any other gear that you need, the next step is to jump into streaming itself! Find a game or virtual hobby that you enjoy and start broadcasting across the web!