Streaming is now a massive part of the gaming experience, and everyone wants to try and be the next Ninja. To make a living at it, though, you'll need to spend some money to get the equipment that will help you succeed. So we've put together a list of some of the best PS4 and PS5 streaming equipment and accessories that will help you reach the audience you want, while retaining some great streaming quality.
The best streaming equipment for PS4 & PS5
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It's a monster
The Blue Yeti X is the gold standard for USB microphones. Streaming with one of these produces sharp tones and an all-around great sound. It has a gain dial built-in, a mute button on the front, real-time LED monitoring, and a jack to put your favorite headphones in to monitor your output. It's a must-have for streaming or recording.
Capture the moment
On a hardware level, the Avermedia Live Gamer 4K is the top dog right now for consumer-grade capture cards. Not only will it capture 4K video at up to 60 frames per second (FPS), but it will also allow capture of HDR Passthrough too. It's an internal capture card (with added RGB, which is terrific), and for folks using it to capture PC footage, the Live Gamer 4K can do 1440p at 120 FPS and 1080p at a whopping 240 FPS.
Time to expand
Corsair's M.2 SSD is an ideal choice if you're looking to increase the storage of your PS5. The blazing-fast sequential reads and writes means you won't have to wait for loading screens, and with storage of up to 4TB available, you can easily store all of your favorite games without having to worry about running out.
While you want to stream your gaming content in 4K if you can, your face doesn't need that much detail. 1080p is more than enough for a webcam, and this Razer model has a massive offering of HDR at 30FPS or recording at 60FPS without HDR. It even has a privacy shutter, so you don't have to worry about anyone spying on you.
A useful mic
Elgato may be known for its capture cards like the HD60 S+ on this list, but it also makes a fantastic microphone for streamers. The Wave 3 features Clipguard technology to prevent distortion when you get too loud, and it has a dial on the front for your gain, headset volume, and audio mixing.
Cheap and reliable
Razer is a brand name you know you can trust, and that's clear with the Razer Seiren X microphone. Sporting a supercardioid polar pattern and a built-in shock mount, the Seiren X is a great option for your streaming setup. It may lack the bells and whistles of some other mics, but for under $100, it's easy to recommend.
Logitech makes a ton of webcams, so it's no stranger to the tech. Its StreamCam is an excellent choice for content creators to shoot horizontal or vertical at 1080p 60FPS. What's better is that the Logitech Capture app makes it customizable, so you can adjust your picture as you see fit.
Whether you're streaming straight from your PS4 or PS5, or plan on diving into a more premium setup, one of the things you'll become aware of is Streamlabs OBS. Of course, the broadcasting software isn't necessary if you're streaming live from your console, but you can still utilize the software to monitor things and thank viewers if you're on a laptop or PC while streaming.
Almost all serious streamers use the Stream Deck by Elgato. The 15-button programmable console allows you single-touch automation on many of the most critical functions of streaming. It can even show different buttons as different apps launch. Elgato offers a more expensive model with 32 buttons, but this one is perfect for most people.
Having a camera isn't necessary to become a big streamer, but it certainly doesn't hurt. Getting your face out there and letting your audience know who's behind the personality can be a huge thing. If you're streaming on a PS5, you can use the official camera to accomplish this. The best part is it's pretty affordable compared to some other webcams.
Just like the movies
Unless you have a dedicated streaming space or office, it's hard to make sure everything is clean and tidy around your stream. This green screen will let you hide the mess and use custom graphics for your background.
Streaming cards that you put on your PC are a great option, but you won't have that option if you're running your stream from a laptop. The HD60 S+ streams your console at 4K 60 FPS, with zero-lag passthrough and ultra-low latency. It's ideal for streaming from your PS5.
Light up your streaming
If you want to be a personality when streaming, then people need to see you in the best possible light — literally. This LED is adjustable to give you the best lighting for your space. A ring light is decent, but this will work much better for a comparable price.
A great mic mount
Having control is important. This microphone stand will help you adjust the distance you are from the mic without having to make yourself uncomfortable while gaming. This one goes well with multiple Blue Yeti models, and features a wider mount to fit most desktops.
Having a good set of headphones is essential when streaming or gaming, especially if you are playing in a team. The Razer Krakens are a reasonable price for a great product. They also come in bright colors too.
Ice ice baby
While the Blue Yeti microphone has quickly become the go-to mic for streamers these days, Blue does offer some more affordable options for those just stepping into the streaming world. The Blue Snowball is the perfect example, acting as the younger brother to the Yeti and giving users pristine audio quality at a low cost.
A video card is a solid first step, and if you want the best-looking footage possible, you'll want something like the Avermedia Live Gamer 4K. You can use it with your PC, and it'll stream your PS4 or PS5 games in great video quality. Plus, it connects to all the major streaming services. The card has an excellent passthrough system so that you can connect your PlayStation through it and into your monitor with no lag on the original video, and no loss of quality.
Your audio is the next most significant area for you to concentrate your efforts. If you can, don't skimp on the microphone you use. Some of us have the Blue Yeti, and it produces some of the best audio around. Podcasters around the world use the Yeti, and it's easy to see why.
Going with the Razer Kraken brand is a solid choice for excellent audio quality while you stream. Razer makes great headsets, and with the 3D Audio support of the PS5, you don't have to break your bank picking a headset out.
If you're using your PS5 for streaming, you should increase the storage by picking up one of the best PS5 SSDs currently available. Corsair's MP600 Pro LPX is a fantastic choice for its 7,100MB/s sequential reads and integrated heatsink — this is the way to go if you want to add storage to your PS5.
If you're serious about community and want to interact with your audience a little more, the Stream Deck is an excellent choice. The fifteen-button layout is perfect for streams of any size, and those buttons change dynamically depending on your screen. If you need tweets, you can open Twitter, and the Stream Deck will load up the tweets you programmed in. It's so helpful!
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Anthony Nash has been writing about games and the gaming industry for nearly a decade. When he’s not writing about games, he’s usually playing them. You can find him on Twitter talking about games or sports at @_anthonynash.