What Do You Need to Stream PC Games?

As computer games have moved from analog to digital, the technology needed to play them has changed quite a bit. Streaming PC games from physical media like CDs and DVDs are a thing of the past, but streaming PC games from hardware is still very much possible. You need to have a fairly powerful computer, though. Keep reading to find out what you’ll need to stream PC games.

If you play PC games, you know how frustrating it can be when you have a slow internet connection. While your phone can stream Netflix and YouTube just fine, it can’t always stream PC games like Fortnite or Overwatch, whether you’re playing inside your house or traveling. And that’s where your PC needs acceleration.

Today, you can stream PC games to your TV and use your computer as a gaming console. That means you no longer need to spend hundreds of dollars on a gaming console or lug it around with you. All you need is a good streaming device and a few extra accessories, and you will be ready to stream your favorite games to your TV—for free.

What Is Streaming?

The rise of streaming video games has brought about one of the most innovative times in gaming history. Gone are the limitations of consoles and PCs, with their expensive hardware and cartridges that only let you play one game at a time. Today, thanks to streaming, you can log on and stream your favorite titles to devices ranging from PCs to phones. Streaming games isn’t new, but it’s still evolving.

Streaming PC games has been on the rise in recent years. While consoles have been the preferred gaming platform for most gamers for decades, PC gaming has gained popularity for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that PC games, as a whole, tend to be more affordable than their console counterparts.

How to Set a Realistic Streaming Goal

An Internet connection

Many gamers have bemoaned that their Internet connections cannot handle higher-quality video transport like 1080p. Therein lies the problem: Currently, 1080p video quality requires at least 25Mbps. It’s no surprise, then, that streaming PC games on a regular basis would strain too many users’ Internet connections, slowing gaming to a crawl.

A gaming PC

PC gaming has come a long way since the days of obscure titles such as Civilization, Wolfenstein 3D, and Doom. Not only do they offer superior graphics to consoles, but also, most titles are fully customizable. Players can play as they want, make whatever they want, and go anywhere they want.

A streaming device

Most gamers have probably played with a game-streaming device at least once. Streaming video game consoles from a mobile device isn’t a new concept for those that haven’t—but streaming PC games? It’s a relatively new thing, and there are all sorts of gear out there that promises to stream them from your gaming computer.

A CPU of at least 2.5 GHz

You need a powerful CPU to handle all the calculations needed for the game’s visuals, and you need a powerful graphics card to render those visuals.

Good RAM

The hardware you use will directly affect your streaming, and for the best experience, you should use a computer that has the right specs. A fast processor, tons of storage space, and enough RAM to multitask are the basics for streaming. To help you navigate the confusing world of computer hardware, we’ve gone over the key hardware specs for streaming PC games.

Suitable lighting

For that matter, PC gaming (or gaming in general) is more enjoyable when the game looks its best. Not paying attention to lighting can throw off your immersion, making it difficult to empathize with your character. Poor lighting can force you to squint, reducing the overall quality of your gaming experience.

A computer to play PC games is always nice, but if you don’t have one, you can still get in on the fun. All you need is a computer with the right specifications. Plenty of different devices out there will let you stream PC games, but for the best experience, you may want something a little more powerful. This may be a Steam Machine or an Android-based streaming box. But, one device that’s often overlooked as a streaming device is your TV. Most televisions sold this year now come with built-in support for streaming services, and these devices are surprisingly powerful. Most also feature enough horsepower to run most PC games.

There are a few things you’ll want to consider. For instance, you should give consideration to a gaming chair. A good gaming chair will make sure you stay comfortable while you are going to be streaming. A gaming headset is also a must-have item, and your microphone is as important as your audio. You should also think about your internet connection as well. Streaming consumes a lot of bandwidth, so you’ll want to make sure that it is up to the task.

Jen Keller

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