For many of us, especially in quarantine lately, we tend to all want to play games, stream them, or watch streams. Twitch has long been the main platform for streaming but a lot of us wish we had the 1 million dollar dream setup for streaming - and while that would make streaming possibly easier and more accessible to you, it's not impossible to achieve a quality stream and interact with your community for little to no extra money at all.
In this post, you will learn how to find alternative and creative ways to create a great quality stream without spending thousands of dollars on nice cameras, huge computers, and professional grade microphones.
When you stream there are really 4 basic things you absolutely need in order to get started. You need some sort of console. That could be a computer, an Xbox, a PS whatever, or even a semi-powerful smartphone! Yes I know, it's hard to spend less than several hundred dollars on one of these, but it is necessary if you wish to stream games. However, I have seen plenty of people just go to a friends house and stream together. Sharing resources is a great way to get started! Side note: Streaming to twitch these days actually doesn't even require a console - plenty of people just use it for podcasting, DJ'ing, and straight up just live streaming themselves talking to their community!
Let me start off by saying if you own any smartphone, you own a camera already! There are plenty of 3rd party apps that will allow you to connect your smartphone to a laptop or desktop to use as a camera. Let me also say that if it's an iPhone or new Android - chances are they will actually be better or equal quality than a $90 webcam from Walmart! That being said, it is nice to have a dedicated camera - and I would suggest once you start to make a lot of money your end goal should be a DSLR or some sort of professional grade camera. However, nobody will ever know you are using your phone as a webcam - unless of course you get a text and you have to answer it...
Check out this article on how to use an iphone as a webcam: https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-turn-iphone-ipad-webcam-windows-pc