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Best Streaming Accessories Of 2020: How To Stream On Twitch, YouTube, And More

It can be tough starting out on Twitch, YouTube, or Mixer, so we've rounded up the best streaming accessories to get you started.

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Video game streaming is a popular and fun way to play games, entertain an audience, and interact with your friends and viewers. However, streaming can be incredibly confusing when it comes to getting started and figuring out what you need. That's why we've tested a multitude of products--from USB microphones and capture cards to webcams and gaming headsets--to help you find the best streaming accessories that are perfect for Twitch, YouTube, or anywhere else that lets you stream your gaming skills to the world.

If you want to start streaming, then there are some things you need to consider. First and foremost, you need a PC that is capable of streaming. In most cases, dedicated desktop PCs will be able to handle this task much better than laptops, and if you're also gaming on that PC, you should take your specs and settings into consideration as you'll need to split the workload between the game and the stream. As for the type of accessories you'll need, the bare essentials tend to be a capture card, USB microphone, headphones, and webcam. Some of the accessories that'll improve your stream (but aren't exactly necessary) include a second monitor and a controller like Elgato's Streamdeck. In fact, Elgato makes a number of great products made specifically with streamers in mind.

Of course, there are plenty of professional-grade products that producers and top-tier streamers take advantage of, but in this guide, we've focused on products that are affordable and accessible to those who want to start streaming or improve their setup--products from streaming-focused companies like Elgato, Razer, and HyperX. All of these USB microphones, capture cards, and other accessories are excellent and easy-to-use, and if you're looking to get started, then this guide will be perfect for you.

As we test more accessories that are great for streaming, we'll update this guide with our recommendations. For now, read on for the best streaming accessories we've tested and swear by.

Note: The prices shown below indicate a product's standard list price and may not reflect any current discounts or other fluctuations.

Quick look: The best streaming accessories for 2020


Best streaming capture cards

If you want to capture and stream your PS4, Xbox One, or Switch, then you'll need a capture card to bring the signal into your PC and out to your live stream. They come in compact form factors, sometimes even as internal PCIe cards that you can plug directly into your PC's motherboard, and thankfully, there are a couple of great options to choose from.


Best streaming microphones

There are some really excellent microphones out there, hitting price ranges that are out-of-reach for most people. There's no doubt these microphones are going to outmatch the ones on this list, but they're also quite expensive and not as easy to use, as most will require a separate interface to connect to your computer. As someone who has spent a lot of time editing podcasts, audio interviews, and radio documentaries over the past six years, I have always been hesitant about USB microphones, but to my surprise, USB microphones have come a long way--the quality is quite impressive. We've selected the best microphones that are specifically optimized for streaming.


Best streaming webcams

There are a lot of bad webcams out there, and it can be hard to tell which ones are worth your money. Thankfully, with the upturn in the popularity of streaming, companies have released higher-quality webcams that make it easy to set up and get your face on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, or anywhere else. There's even a great option to connect your high-quality DSLR camera to your computer and use it as your webcam.


Best streaming headsets

Gaming headsets aren't going to compete with dedicated microphones in terms of audio quality, but sometimes, the convenience of getting your headphones and microphone in one package is hard to turn down. Thankfully, several companies have made great headsets with quality microphones that can definitely keep your stream entertaining and sounding good--one headset even boasts a unique feature that adds a little extra charm. And if you want to take a look at more options, check out our guide to the best gaming headsets of 2020.


Best streaming controllers

Controlling your stream in the middle of a game can be a difficult process, from switching scenes and sources to playing fun sounds and videos. Thankfully, there are some easy solutions to this that don't cost nearly as much as a proper control board would.


Best budget monitors

If you're looking to get serious about streaming, then a second monitor is paramount. With a single screen, it can be hard to see your chat and monitor your stream's feed as you try to game and entertain your viewers--and the best part is you won't have to break the bank to solve this problem. There are a number of great monitors that you can get on the cheap and are perfect for that second-screen experience. We've got a guide to the best budget monitors, and we've selected a few you can see below.

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