Twitch is a streaming platform dedicated to giving creators the chance to broadcast almost any activity to a wide audience.
One of the most popular ways to use Twitch is to stream games with a laptop or from a variety of consoles, including the Nintendo Switch. Looking to learn how to stream Switch on Twitch? We have plenty of tips below.
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What Exactly Is Switch Streaming On Twitch?
Released in 2017, the Nintendo Switch quickly became one of the most popular consoles in the world. The Switch uses a dock and unique design to allow it to be played on TV and as a handheld device.
For those not in the know, streaming is a verb for broadcasting an activity live online to an audience; Switch streaming refers to broadcasting Switch gameplay on Twitch. Streamers use these broadcasts to socialize, make new friends, and try out new games or activities. There are typically between one and four streamers involved in a Switch stream.
What Do You Need To Stream Switch On Twitch?
How To Set Up A Nintendo Switch For Twitch
Setting Up The Capture Card
Setting up your capture card properly is vital to ensure that your stream runs smoothly. Here is exactly how to set up an Elgato HD60 at home:
- 1Plug the Elgato’s USB-C cable into the USB-C port on the Elgato HD60 S.
- 2Plug the USB 3.0 end of the cable into a 3.0 port on your PC or laptop. If you try to use a 2.0 or other alternative USB port, the Elgato will not function.
- 3Plug the Elgato’s HDMI cable into the Switch dock.
- 4Plug the other end of this HDMI cable into the HDMI IN port on the Elgato.
- 5Plug a second HDMI cable into the HDMI OUT port on the Elgato.
- 6Plug the other end of this HDMI cable into your monitor or TV.
- 7Download Elgato’s streaming software.
Downloading & Setting Up Streaming Software
There are a few different platforms that will allow you to stream on Twitch. Here, we will break down some of the best platforms to get started on.
Both Windows and Mac
No matter which software or platform you choose, we recommend doing the following before setting up:
Once these steps have been completed, we recommend following the instructions linked above to get started.
How To Stream Switch On Twitch (Step By Step Guide)
1. Setting up a Twitch account
- 1Go to Twitch’s website and select the Sign-Up button on the top right-hand corner.
- 2Fill out the Sign Up form by choosing a username, password, email, and date of birth.
- 3Tell Twitch that you aren’t a robot.
- 4Check your email and click the link to verify your account.
- 5Go to your Security and Privacy settings page.
- 6Select Set Up Two-Factor Authentication.
- 7Select Enable 2FA.
- 8Enter your phone number and select Continue.
- 9Enter the seven-digit code you will receive via text message and select Continue.
2. Going live
Once you have personalized your streaming software and Twitch profile and set up your Switch, it is time to go live.
We recommend running an internet speed test and doing a test stream to confirm everything works as it should before going live 'officially.' A mod or friend can be with you in chat, and you can watch your live stream on your mobile or desktop and test everything to see what needs adjusting—lowering or increasing the bitrate when off-stream is one of the most common adjustments.
How To Watch Twitch On Nintendo Switch
As of the writing of this article, it is not possible to legally watch Twitch streams on your Nintendo Switch. However, Twitch’s app can be found on Xbox and other consoles, so it may come in the future. We recommend sticking to watching Twitch streams on your desktop or phone.
People Also Ask (FAQs)
Can you stream Nintendo Switch on Twitch without a capture card?
Not currently. This may change in the future, but this feature is not currently available. It is possible to find decent capture cards second-hand or online for more affordable prices.
Do you need two computers to stream?
To stream effectively, we recommend having either a PC and two monitors or a laptop and one monitor. This means that you can run the necessary software and see gameplay at the same time.
What else can a Nintendo Switch do?
A Nintendo Switch can be used to play games at home or on the go, give you news from Nintendo or on new releases, and play games with your friends.
Can you add apps to Nintendo Switch?
The Nintendo Switch has a wide range of games and apps to choose from. Some of our favorites include YouTube, Nintendo Online, Hulu, and InkyPen. Try some out for yourself in the Nintendo eShop today.
The Nintendo Switch is an excellent console with a wide variety of games to choose from. Streaming your gameplay on Twitch is a brilliant way to socialize and learn new skills but knowing how to stream on Twitch from Switch is the first step. With our tips above, experienced mods, and streaming practice, you are sure to create fun and engaging content on your Twitch channel.
Jake Redman is a UK-born-digital nomad & founder of Ultimate Quality Content, a collective of high-end copywriters formed to provide detailed insight into everything technology-related. Jake is the definition of a man-nerd. He gets excited over things like processor architecture, ray-tracing, & is an avid E-Sports fan, specifically League of Legends. When he isn’t writing detailed tech-related articles, Jake can be found performing fire-breathing shows & wields a dragon staff, or on the sofa playing Mario Kart.