Video Game Streaming  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Video Game Streaming  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Google's Next Stadia Connect Stream Will Be "All About The Games" https://www.gameskinny.com/d8lo1/googles-next-stadia-connect-stream-will-be-all-about-the-games https://www.gameskinny.com/d8lo1/googles-next-stadia-connect-stream-will-be-all-about-the-games Fri, 09 Aug 2019 09:53:06 -0400 David Jagneaux

Google is doubling down on games later this month during its next Stadia Connect stream, which will begin at 10 a.m. PST on August 19. That's just one day before the start of Gamescom.

According to the stream's description on YouTube, it will be "all about the games," which is great news.

Google made the announcement earlier this week on Twitter:

So far, the gaming community has had a mostly lukewarm reaction to Stadia, although some have praised it in hands-on demos.

Part of that trepidation is likely due to previous services, such as OnLive, burning gamers and not delivering on lofty promises. It doesn't help that much of the gaming population isn't confident in the quality of and access to capable internet speeds, especially in more rural areas.

Achieving experiences comparable to native 4K console or PC gaming will require speeds far beyond what most people have in 2019.

That being said, Stadia might not be for everyone, and its possible that Stadia offerings outside of high-fidelity streaming might entice some gamers.

For example, I pre-ordered the Founder's Edition almost entirely because of its monthly free games, which is a great incentive and the main reason why I also subscribe to PS Plus, Xbox Live Gold, and Humble Bundle.

It will also be exciting to see how games like Elder Scrolls Online (my favorite MMO on the market right now) perform when running over Stadia through Chrome over, say, a Surface Go tablet or a smartphone. 

Perhaps this next Stadia Connect will deliver something to get gamers more excited about the platform because, based on current trends, it certainly seems like streaming is the future of gaming — whether we like it or not.

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Free Game Streaming Service Rainway Gets Open Beta https://www.gameskinny.com/g29h2/free-game-streaming-service-rainway-gets-open-beta https://www.gameskinny.com/g29h2/free-game-streaming-service-rainway-gets-open-beta Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:30:08 -0500 Sjaak den Heijer

Rainway, Inc has announced the open beta for their game streaming service “Rainway” is live now. Rainway can be downloaded for free, with no hidden costs or limits, from the official website.

What is Rainway?

According to their website, Rainway is a game streaming service that lets you stream games from your PC to any device with an internet connection; however, this is limited to streaming to browsers for this open beta. Rainway tries to offer max quality by allowing 1080p/60fps streaming with minimal latency and an easy setup, making this perfect for people who would like to play their PC games on the go. Rainway also includes a cloud-based screenshot service that the company hopes will make it easy to take, share, and access screenshots wherever you are. On their website, Rainway, Inc claims that the service is compatible with all hardware, making it very easy to get started. For more information on Rainway and how to get it, check out their blog.

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Gamer Gift Guide 2016: Gifts for the Aspiring Streamer https://www.gameskinny.com/aix0m/gamer-gift-guide-2016-gifts-for-the-aspiring-streamer https://www.gameskinny.com/aix0m/gamer-gift-guide-2016-gifts-for-the-aspiring-streamer Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:00:01 -0500 Clayton Reisbeck

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XSplit Broadcaster
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  • Price: $39.95 for a 12-month Personal License
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I debated putting a paid streaming software in this guide. There are plenty of free offerings that a beginning streamer can get ahold of. But, if you're looking to take your stream to the next level, XSplit Broadcaster is the program for you.

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The program itself is free and offers a robust suite of easy-to-use tools to get your stream up and running. With the paid subscription, though, you are given even more tools to make your stream top notch. Some of the features included in your premium personal license are the ability to stream your games in full HD at 60 FPS, in-game overlays that provide you with a live subscriber counter and live chat feed, and even more video editing tools to make your stream stand out among all the others.

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If you're looking to get serious with your streaming, this program feels like a no-brainer.

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That wraps up this list of good gifts for aspiring streamers. If you're a streamer already, what else would be good for beginners looking to get into the game? Let me know in the comments!

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Soundproofing Foam
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Chances are, the room you will be streaming from probably doesn't have the best acoustics. Echoey sound coming through your microphone is a good way to get your viewers to complain.

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If this is a problem you see yourself running into, soundproofing foam can save your life. The foam will absorb any sound that is trying to escape to make an echo, and keeps it around where you are speaking into your microphone. Panels are cheap -- and a must for creating a good recording area.

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Fancierstudio H69G 6x9-Feet Chromakey Green Screen Kit
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Another big trend in streaming that I've seen are the green screened backgrounds that people use for their facecams. This isn't a necessity, and you can even make your own green screen. But I've included this screen kit here because it comes with everything you need to make that green screen look good. You get the screen, the mounting stands to set it up and two lights to properly light the screen so the image behind you looks as good as possible.

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Logitech C922 Webcam
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Honestly, cameras are not a necessity for streaming, but it seems that a majority of streamers do use them. If you are wanting to go down the face-cam route, it seems that the Logitech C920 is the one to go with. This camera offers 1080p video capture at 30 FPS and 720p at 60 FPS. It can also be mounted to your monitor or put on a tripod.

I personally haven't used this camera -- but after looking at reviews, it seems that this is the camera to buy.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
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The Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programs is what I would classify as the standard for any form of creative editing. With the programs included in the suite, you will be able to edit any video or audio, and make your own graphics with Photoshop.

I will say that there is a bit of a learning curve to using any of these programs, but thankfully we live in a day and age where YouTube exists and you can find some great tutorials there on how to use any of these programs.

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Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma
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Here's another product that I really like. I've been using these for a couple years now, and I think that they are awesome. They are extremely comfortable, especially for long periods of time. The audio quality is really good and the surround sound works really well.

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There is a microphone in this headset as well, but I'm not a fan of the audio quality that it puts out. Paired with the Blue Yeti, you'll be set for your audio equipment.

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Blue Yeti Microphone w/ Pop Filter
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I love this microphone. I've been using it for about a year now and have had no issues with it. It's extremely easy to use, and the audio output is really good. All you have to do is plug the USB into your computer and you are ready to record.

The only issue I have with this microphone is that it is USB powered, so you won't be able to have multiple microphones if you want to get mic input from multiple people. Luckily, the Yeti has multiple microphone settings that provide an array of different recording setups you may be in.

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Video game streaming has quickly become one of the biggest forms of entertainment in recent years. People just love watching other people play games. I know I've spent plenty of time watching various people play through a wide variety of games on Twitch.

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Now you may be that person watching and thinking, "I can do that! I should really get into this whole streaming thing, but I have no idea what kind of equipment I need. If only someone made a list of things I need to get started."

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Fear not, for this is the guide for you.

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Now before we get into the guide, let me say that I am basing all of these picks off of having a PC on top of whatever you are streaming from. I feel that this is the best way to run a stream, as you have more control over what your end product is going to look like.

If you don't have a PC to run everything through, I highly recommend reading up on why you should build your own gaming PC, and then following this guide to building a PC for under $500.

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Video Game Streams Have Larger Audience than Most Sporting Events https://www.gameskinny.com/hyijc/video-game-streams-have-larger-audience-than-most-sporting-events https://www.gameskinny.com/hyijc/video-game-streams-have-larger-audience-than-most-sporting-events Thu, 01 May 2014 02:42:37 -0400 Mary Yeager

The World Series, the NBA Finals, and the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship all have something in common. They are all major sporting events with millions of viewers. Isn't League of Legends a video game? Yes, it is. And the Season 3 World Championship had more viewers than either of the other events mentioned in 2013. Tickets to live gaming championships (like the Dota 2 International Championship) sell out in record time.

Twitch Leads the Pack

Twitch.tv is said to have 45 million unique visitors to their site on a monthly basis. This is more than television streaming sites, such as Netflix and Hulu, report. Both Hulu and Netflix get about 6 to 12 million unique hits per month. 

These numbers are vastly different. People seem more interested in watching gamers stream their play, even if they aren't in a championship than they are in the television being released today. But what could be the reasoning behind such a growing trend?

Option 1: Gamers resemble real people.

When someone is watching a sporting event or even a movie, the athletes and actors are seemingly in perfect form for their art. They spend hours with trainers to specialize in their craft and they are getting paid millions, just to throw a ball down field or play a part. These people are a world away from the rest of us.

Gamers, however, are just normal people. Sure, they have spent time honing their craft if they play professionally, but the average streamer does it for the love of the game. People can really connect with a game streamer on a more personal level than a celebrity. Due to the nature of Twitch's streaming service, the chat also allows viewers to form a deeper connection to the host by being able to ask questions and get answers directly. They are able to form a connection.

People can really connect with a game streamer on a more personal level than a celebrity.
Option 2: Today's television and movies are not as entertaining.

Good quality shows are hard to find in today's media. With the constant flow of new reality shows taking over, people are searching for alternative sources of entertainment. Sometimes, being able to play a game isn't an option, but watching someone else play provides entertainment for the meantime.

Streamers also allow for new games to get better exposure. People might be on the fence about purchasing a game and being able to watch someone play the game live could help to a gamer on a final decision to make a new game purchase.

Option 3: Cable is too expensive compared to online choices.

Like most products and services of this generation, things are vastly more expensive than they were just a few years ago (yes, I can remember paying $1.25 for a gallon of gas not that long ago). I was paying nearly $175 for my cable service just last month, not counting my internet and home phone service.That's a pretty big chunk of change when your income is not that large to begin with.

With broadband internet available, cable service is not a necessity to watching entertainment. With consoles allowing various streaming services to watch as well, access to streaming content is easier to get access to. Hulu and Netflix both have streaming subscription plans starting at $7.99 ($11.99 for Netflix if you need more than 2 streams in your household). Amazon Prime, which you do pay for yearly, is $99 and includes their streaming service. This breaks down to about $8.25 a month. So let's do the math.

Year of cable (with on-demand and DVR services for comparison): $175 x 12 = $2,100

Year of streaming services:

  • Netflix or Hulu Plus: $7.99 x 12 = $95.88
  • Amazon Prime: $99
  • All three services for a year = $290.76

That is a total savings of about $1,810 a year by watching content online versus purchasing cable service. In gamer terms, that is about 30 new games priced at the $60 mark. Not to mention that while prices are rising on cable service, the packages are getting smaller as content providers want even more money and are pulling their channels from cable companies not wanting to pay for increases.

That is a total savings of about $1,810 a year by watching content online versus purchasing cable service. In gamer terms, that is about 30 new games priced at the $60 mark.

Also, there is a lot of free content also online. Watching Twitch costs nothing. If you like a stream, you can choose to subscribe for $4.99 which removes the ads for a consistent streaming experience. A good many channels also offer their shows free of charge on their websites.

There is always other options.

Of course, these are just a few justifications for why video game streaming is more popular than traditional venues. Each person that logs on to a streaming game or live championship has their own reasoning for it and those reasons may not fall within any of the above options. 

So how popular is eSports?

According to SuperData Research, viewers around the globe totalled over 71 million viewers watching competitive gaming. About half of those viewers are in the United States alone. Most viewers dedicate 2.2 hours watching streams at a time. More gaming companies are moving toward this industry, such as Riot Games and Valve. Non-gaming companies are even tossing their hats into the ring, usually in the form of sponsorships, such as Intel and Coca-Cola.

Watching live competition gaming is not a new concept. It has been around since 1982. With the advent of streaming, however, it no longer requires a person on location to watch. This allows the sport to reach a far wider audience than previous generations. Last year, Twitch viewers watched a total of 2.4 billion hours of game streaming content.

The year 2013 saw eSports players officially recognized by the US government as professional athletes. This movement would allow foreign eSports players the ability to get visas to compete in gaming here in the States.

Last year, Twitch viewers watched a total of 2.4 billion hours of game streaming content.

Video game streaming is still a growing industry, but it is expanding by leaps and bounds. The openness of the community and the ability for anyone to stream their play (especially since the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 allow direct streams) makes it even more of a draw than professional sporting events and television media.

Why do you watch people streaming video games?

(Twitch logo by Twitch Interactive. Stats from Twitch site and Quantcast.)

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