Facebook moves in on YouTube & Twitch with new live-streaming options that gamers will love

Live Streaming

Enjoy gaming? Don’t we all! Want to stream but really don’t have the time or inclination to set up steaming software? Don’t worry, Facebook has you covered.

Facebook users have been able to Live Stream from their mobile devices for a while now, however what many haven’t been able to do and wish they could, is live stream from your desktop or laptop. From today on-wards, anyone will be able to do just that. Regardless of if you are streaming gameplay, a vlog or even tutorials, Facebook is now allowing you to do all the above and more.

For many who are not fluent in how to set up streaming software or are a bit nervous about opening themselves up to the entire world via YouTube or Twitch, this gives you the opportunity to test the waters in a smaller pond whilst also eliminating many of the technical barriers in place with standard PC streaming.

Therefore, getting started is very simply, just click on “Live Video” from the top of your News Feed or Timeline, then follow the prompts, and BAM you are now live steaming from your PC or laptop.

Live StreamingYou are now no longer restricted to steaming from Facebook pages, anyone with a profile can do just that, with a few added features:

  • seamlessly share your screens
  • insert graphics
  • switch cameras
  • use professional equipment in Facebook Live videos
  • the option to broadcast to Facebook Groups that you belong to, Facebook Events you are a part of, or Facebook Pages that you manage
  • incorporate on-screen graphics, titles, and overlays
  • go live with streaming software or external hardware directly from your News Feed, profile, or the direct link here.
To help you further you can check out this step-by-step guide.

Looks like Facebook are keen to allow their users to have similar functionality options that users on YouTube and Twitch have access to without having to have various accounts and applications. This could get interesting.