If you are or are thinking of streaming on Twitch, you’ll want to know about these must-have tech gadgets that will make a huge difference to your broadcasts. With so many people live streaming these days, standing out isn’t easy. If you put some effort into making your streams look and sound good, you have a much better chance of building a great following. To help you pull together a great streaming setup, we’ve rounded up some of the best tech gear for streamers.
Webcam - Logitech StreamCam
The first thing you’re going to need for your streaming setup is a webcam and a high-quality one will be essential to your success. Logitech offers a fantastic option that’s been designed specifically with streamers in mind. The Logitech StreamCam is a popular choice that will showcase your gaming prowess in Full HD 1080p resolution at 60fps, producing crisp and smooth footage. It also comes with smart auto-focus and exposure, and flaunts versatile mounting options, allowing you to stream horizontally or vertically. Additionally, the StreamCam has USB type-C connectivity for faster and more efficient video transfer. It also has built-in electronic image stabilisation keeps things steady even when the action heats up. So, get ready to infuse some quality into your streams and let your epic gaming moments shine with the Logitech StreamCam.
Capture Card - Elgato 4K60 Pro MK2
Your live gaming streams are incomplete without quality video capture. If you’re playing games on PlayStation, Xbox, or PC, a video capture device is a must! It’s simply the best way to capture video and audio from your games for the highest quality streams and content. While there are many capture devices on the market, they’re not all equal. For a high-quality output option, you should consider the Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2. Install the Elgato 4K60 Pro MK2 via the PCIe slot in your PC and if using to capture games on your PlayStation or Xbox, connect these consoles to your computer using an HDMI cable.
It's capable of capturing every game play moment like it's meant to be in immaculate 4K60 with HDR10. It comes with dedicated software for maximum performance, allowing you to get the most out of the 4K60 Pro. Ultra low latency means it'll power through your workflow - even when you're pushing an incredible number of pixels. The Elgato 4K50 Pro offers cutting-edge technology that will do your content justice, capturing the highest resoution and dynamic range possible - a must-have for those after superior game capture.
Microphone - Blue Yeti Nano
A high-quality microphone is extremely important for a streamer. In fact, you’ll probably find that most viewers are often more interested in the commentary of a stream than the actual gameplay, so you want to make sure your audio is nice and crisp!
The Blue Yeti Nano Premium USB Mic is a popular choice for streaming. It’s one of the most popular mics on the market for all types of purposes, including game streaming, podcasting, YouTube productions, and voiceover work. Despite its compact design, this microphone broadcasts with crystal clarity with proprietary mics tuned to give your voice presence and detail. Plus, Yeti Nano supports high-quality 24-bit/48kHz recording so you can rest assured that your audio quality is on point.
Stream Deck - Elgato Stream Deck XL
For the ultimate streaming experience for both yourself and your viewers, you’ll probably want to streamline your workflow at some point. With a stream deck like Elgato’s Stream Deck XL, you can stay in flow and not have to worry about configuring your stream while viewers are watching. The Elgato Stream Deck XL is a popular choice among top Twitch streamers for all of the convenience it adds. With high-quality tech such as this backing your content creation, you can really focus on what matters most: your audience. The Stream Deck XL lets you quickly create custom shortcuts that can be assigned to 32 different keys. You can choose from up to 210 actions, eliminating the need to map and memorize keyboard shortcuts. You can easily switch between input sources, switch scenes, launch media, adjust audio, and so much more. Traditionally this level of control was exclusive to mainstream entertainment broadcasters but now, it's at your fingertips.
Key Light - Elgato Key Light
Quality lighting is the secret to making your videos shine and your standard room lighting isn’t going to cut it. The Elgato Key Light is the perfect tech gadget to elevate your stream quality and put out crisper, clearer videos. From the way you smirk and celebrate to the way you focus and freak out, viewers will get to see every expression in detail. While many content creators use conventional studio lights or ring lights, these aren’t as ideal for streamers. These options take up space and can clutter your setup.
Built from solid metal, Elgato Key Light eliminates this issue thanks to a streamlined profile that stays out of your way. It doesn’t even take up floor space and stands flush against your wall. Simply clamp the pole mount to your desk, extend it to your ideal height, and you’re ready to roll. And while softboxes and ring lights tend to make you sweat, the Key Light keeps heat impressively low despite its massive 2500 lumen output. The industrial-grade LEDs deliver constant intensity while keeping cool for hours on end, allowing you to work without even breaking a sweat. The LEDs are also coupled with multi-layer diffusion technology that provides indirect, ultra-soft illumination that’s also gentle on your retina.
Key Light - Logitech Litra Beam LX
If the Elgato Key Light is a tad too heavy-duty for your cozy setup, or if you're just craving RGB customisation, this next product is a fantastic alternative for streamers and content creators. The Logitech Litra Beam LX, is the perfect alternative. Don't let its smaller form fool you, it packs a powerful punch with impressive brightness levels, adaptable to any streaming environment. What sets the Beam LX truly apart is its full spectrum RGB option - add a splash of colour literally at the touch of a button, bringing vibrant mood enhancements to your every stream! With adjustable colour temperatures, ranging from a sunny 3000K to a cool 6000K, along with 0-100% fully dimmable light, it allows you to match any and every mood you want to set for your streaming sessions. It even equips a built-in diffuser that provides soft, even illumination. Add some complexity to your broadcasts without the hassle; with the Litra Beam LX, you'll be splashing your streams with colour and high-grade lighting no matter what!
With these must-have tech gadgets behind you, your Twitch streams will be elevated to a new level that’ll help you stand out amongst the competition. If you’re also thinking of stepping up your gaming experience itself, check out PB Tech’s full range of gaming products!