What to Do When You Want to Stream a Console Game and All You Have at Hand Is a Next-Gen Console and Your PC?
Gameplay streaming allows you to make videos capturing exciting moments of a sports simulator gameplay, RPG guides or any gaming videos available for watching to other people. From this article, you will find out how to stream console games to share with your friends and a huge gamer audience around the globe.
In case you own one of PS4 or Xbox One consoles all you need for streaming your console gaming is to add a PC with an Internet connection. The simplest case being the use of an Xbox One or newer console and a Wi-Fi-enabled Windows 10-based PC. With an out-of-the-box support of Xbox Live and many other Xbox-related features in Windows 10, all you need is to connect your Xbox console to the same network as the PC, go to your start menu and find the “Stream” item.
After doing that you will get your console gameplay streamed wirelessly to the dedicated window on the PC desktop. Now you can use any commercial software or freeware solution, such as OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) Studio to capture the video from the window to a local file or stream it to the web. In fact, you can use any Windows 10 Mobile, iOS or Android-based mobile device to get the video stream from your console by installing the Xbox free application to your portable device (please, check the system requirements on the app page).
As for learning how to stream console games from your PS4 there is also a ready and proven solution, which is the PS4 Remote Play application. This Sony application expands on the similar service by Microsoft by enabling you to stream the video from your PS4 console to Macs as well as Windows-based PCs. Thus, if your computer meets the application requirements and runs on Windows 8.1, 10 or OS X Yosemite, OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra you can start streaming from your PS4 in no time after installing and running the PS4 Remote play app. Simply connect a DUALSHOCK™ controller to your PC or Mac either using a compatible USB cable or USB wireless controller and have the console video streamed to your desktop. With that, you can use the same software to broadcast the video over the web or record to a file as for the Xbox One.
For older console models (PS3 and older, Xbox 360 and older), you will have to connect the console to a video capture card installed in your PC via available video interfaces (composite video) and use the corresponding software on the PC to capture and stream console videos.