It is no secret that live-streaming has become a significant chunk of both the technological and entertainment industries. Just like people try to distinguish themselves from the masses by showcasing their talents, they also try to make it easier for viewers at home who want to watch them play games or go about other activities. Dual PC setups are one great way to give yourself an edge over everyone else; you just need some technical know-how which we’ll show you how to do in this step-by-step guide.
Why Dual PC Streaming
Playing games alone can put a big strain on high-end, current gen PC hardware, so adding streaming to the mix and all the programs that one may need open when they’re playing causes additional strain. If you don’t have an extremely powerful CPU then it’s best to just run OBS or other broadcasting software on another computer while your main machine focuses exclusively on making graphics look good without any lagging. It’s usually cheaper and easier than replacing an entire rig with newer components anyways.
How to Configure Dual PC Streaming
Dual-PC streaming is an easy task when you use a capture card to take care of capturing both the video and audio from your game. The more powerful computer will act as the streamer, while the other operates the gameplay on its own without being forced through software encoders for streaming purposes.
Hardware You’ll Need
For Dual PC streaming, you’ll need:
- One high-end gaming computer with NVIDIA RTX 3000 graphics and one high-performance streaming computer with a multicore processor like Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 5000. We can assist you in designing two systems tailored specifically to your needs; however, our Raptor Z55 is an excellent place to start.
- You’ll need two monitors or more because you’ll need at least one monitor for each PC.
- Capture card – this piece of hardware captures the information from your gaming system. For an internal solution, we recommend El Gato HD60 Pro available for purchase here on Amazon.
Dual PC Streaming Step-by-Step Guide
To properly configure your two PCs for video stream, you need to take care of some display configurations:
- Streaming software (OBS, SLOBS, Xsplit, etc.) must be downloaded and installed first.
- Plug your HDMI cord into the input port of your capture card
- On the gaming system, right-click the desktop and then click Display Settings. Ensure that your Streaming System’s Capture Card shows up as a duplicate of your main Gaming Monitor.
- On the streaming system, open your installed streaming software and add the capture card as a stream source. This can vary from app to app so make sure you consult with the developer for that specific detail.
- Check to see if your game display appears in the preview window of the streaming software.
- Audio should connect to the streamer via HDMI, which will need to be verified before continuing.
It’s time to conquer the streamy landscape now that you’re up and running. Wishing you the best of luck! Streaming is now at your fingertips. Good luck!