Using Streamlabs with Consoles (PS4/Xbox)

To set up online streaming via Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, or any of our other supported platforms from your Xbox, Playstation, Switch, or another console you have a few options. 
  1. Use an app available on the console to stream directly to the streaming platform (eg Twitch).
  2. If it is an Xbox you could stream with Streamlabs Studio
  3. Connect your console to a PC with a capture card or other capture device. You can use Streamlabs Desktop to seamlessly set up overlays and widgets for a professional-looking stream in minutes. 

Using Native Gaming Apps on Console

  • Easy to set up
  • Limited customization and inability to display alerts or overlays on stream.
  • Cost-effective

Playstation 4 and Xbox Set-up:

  • You can use the native "share" feature on PS4 to stream directly to one of the supported streaming platforms.
  • On Xbox, you can use one of the available apps (eg Twitch app) to stream directly to the streaming platform.
  • You cannot use Streamlabs alerts or overlays on stream when you stream directly from your console, however, you can utilize Streamlabs recent events to monitor incoming events and thank your viewers. 

Using Streamlabs Studio

  • Easy to set-up
  • Ability to add custom overlays & widgets to your stream
  • Can use external microphones and webcams
  • Free 7 Day Trial and then a small subscription fee

Connecting to a PC capture card or capture device

  • Improved stream quality
  • Ability to add custom overlays & widgets to your stream
  • Utilize extensive broadcasting software, tools & features
  • Hardware cost (PC & Capture Card)


Capture Card & Device set-up :
(Note: The most popular capture options Elgato Game Capture HD60 PRO Elgato Game Capture HD60s and Avermedia Portable Capture Device)

  1. Each device provides relative installation instructions. The Capture card may be installed directly onto your PC motherboard or connected to your computer using a USB cable. The Capture Device will be connected from your console to your PC and TV/Monitor via HDMI cables.
    • Note: Older capture devices may have slight audio delays, so check the details on the capture device you have purchased. Capture devices installed directly to your motherboard via PCIe does not typically have any audio delay. 
  2. Once connected you can then use Streamlabs Desktop or a similar streaming software to add a source for your video capture device and configure the rest of your stream with overlays and widgets. 
    • Keep in mind that you may also need some additional equipment such as a USB microphone or audio mixer. 


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