Twitch and Mixer are huge platforms for streamers. So big, that it can be really hard to stand out from the crowd and build an audience for your streaming. Mega-streamers and gaming celebrities get most of the views, and it can seem impossible to build an audience from scratch.
If you don’t want to use Twitch or a similar dedicated platform, what are your options? Consider Facebook Live.
Facebook is open and accommodating. Even your grandmother probably has a Facebook account. Live streaming there could be a simple way to expand your reach. You might even get fans who are brand-new to gaming, or you might convert some of your existing friends and acquaintances to fans.
There are a few different ways to stream your gaming on Facebook. Each type of gameplay requires a different setup. Keep reading to learn:
- How to setup a Facebook gaming page.
- How to stream to Facebook from a personal computer.
- How to stream games to Facebook with a PS4.
- How to stream games to Facebook with an Xbox.
How to Set Up a Facebook Gaming Page
Facebook recommends that gamers create a dedicated gaming page. That way, you’re not blasting family members, friends from school, and potential employers with videos about your games.
You can invite interested people to watch your streams on your dedicated page, of course. And you absolutely should invite everyone you know to this page after you set it up. You might have friends who you didn’t even know were gamers. But a dedicated page ensures you don’t annoy people with updates they don’t care about.
Head to the Gaming Video Creator page and pick a Page Name. You won’t need a new Facebook account or password to make this happen. Your new page will be nested within your existing, personal Facebook page. You’ll be able to update your gaming page without logging out and logging back in.
It takes just a few minutes to set things up.
Facebook Streaming From a Computer
This is the easiest way to tackle streaming on Facebook. But you’ll still need the help of one other program to make it work.
The other program is Open Broadcaster Software (which you may know from the acronym OBS). It’s free to use, although donations are accepted. And it makes livestreaming to Facebook really easy.
With OBS downloaded, installed, and launched, head to “Settings,” then “Output”:
- Select “Advanced” under “Output Mode.”
- Select “H264 video encoder” under “Encoder.”
- Set your recommended bitrate to 400Kbps.
- Under “Video” in “Settings,” set your resolution to a max of 720p at 30fps.
Then, head to Facebook, and select “Create a Live Stream.” You’ll be prompted to select your gamer page. Watch the settings carefully. Facebook will give you:
- A URL for the stream.
- A streamer key.
You’ll paste both of those little bits of data into OBS, and you’ll start streaming from there. When the two are connected, you’ll get asked to name your stream, identify your game, and write a little description. Fill that in, hit “Go Live,” and you’re set!
How to Stream Games on Facebook With a PS4
Facebook supports streaming directly from gaming consoles, including PS4. But you’ll need a bit of equipment to get started before you can stream your PS4 to Facebook.
Facebook says you’ll need a capture card to interface between Facebook and your console. To do that, you will:
- Connect your capture card to your computer, and install the software.
- Use an HDMI cord to connect the console to the capture card.
- Use a second HDMI cord to connect the card to your monitor.
- Open OBS, and follow the prompts to start a new stream.
- When prompted, select “Capture Card” as your source.
This can seem like a clunky system, as you’ll need two cords and a lot of equipment to make it work. But Facebook says it shouldn’t slow down your gameplay or performance at all.
How to Stream Games on Facebook From Xbox
If you want to stream from your console, but you want to skip all the cords and capture cards, an Xbox is a smart choice.
Let’s walk through how to stream Xbox on Facebook. First, you’ll need to download the Mixer app.
Next, you’ll head to Facebook to start your live stream. Then:
- Choose where you want the stream to post. Typically, you’ll want to stream it to your gamer page.
- Enter some information about what you’re playing and what should happen during the stream.
- Add the name of your game and the title for the broadcast.
- Open OBS, and paste the Facebook server URL and stream key.
- Click “Start Streaming” in OBS.
- Click “Go Live” in Facebook.
Note that you will need a computer to get the process started. OBS doesn’t run directly on Xbox, and there’s no handy way to stream Xbox to Facebook without a computer. But once you’re live, you can ignore your computer altogether.
Start Streaming on Facebook
We’ve given you a lot of information here, and clearly, it’s possible to stream to Facebook Live. But remember that once you hit the live button, there’s no going back. For your first couple streams, it’s OK to set your audience to “private”. That way you can learn without the pressure of an audience.
Once you can stream easily without even thinking about it, you won’t need to take this step to preserve your reputation. But take the time to get familiar with the process first so you look like a pro.
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Go Live With Your Gear. Facebook.
What’s My Stream Key? Stream Elements.
Publishing Game Streaming. Facebook.
Facebook Comes with a Streaming Video App for Xbox One. Windows Report.