Sharing your gameplay via streaming is pretty easy, and it can be added to the PlayStation 4 if you want to stream it to Twitch. If you prefer a different service, you may have taken a look at using Elgato to make your game easier. While the initial setup to use Elgato may seem a little daunting, it’s actually quite easy to do. Just give yourself a little extra time in the first few streams and you’ll have everything you need to get done in no time.
Why use Elgato?
PlayStation 4 consoles come with some limited sharing options baked right into it. By clicking the «Share» button, you can go straight to setting up a stream with Twitch. However, now that YouTube Gaming and Beam have hit the market, there are more streaming services that you might want to take advantage of. While there are a few extra steps to follow, you can take advantage of these services by grabbing an Elgato to capture your gameplay.
Using Elgato means you can stream anywhere you have an account, and it’s easier than ever to save your streams. It requires a little more attention than just jumping into the stream, it’s easy enough to do once you get the hang of it.
How to set up a flow?
Setting up a stream for a specific service will involve some specifics, but there is one thing that is universal. Before you sign in to your streaming service and set up an account, you must ensure that Elgato is properly connected.
Elgato is powered by a USB connection to your computer.
When you take it out of the box, you’ll only see four ports, but you really only need to pay attention to three of them; two HDMI ports with in and out labels and a USB-B slot. First, you need to connect the HDMI from the back of your PlayStation 4 console to the HDMI port on the Elgato marked «In». Then take the HDMI cable that came with the capture card and connect it to the port labeled «Out», the other side of the HDMI should be connected to the back of the TV. You then need to take the USB-B and plug it into Elgato and then plug the USB side into the computer you plan on streaming from.
Elgato is powered by your computer and when properly connected it will glow green along the light bar at the top of the capture card. Next, you need to make sure HDCP is disabled in your PlayStation 4 console settings. At this point, you can open the Elgato software on your computer to make sure you have a secure and working connection. You should see a picture from your game right in the window on your computer.
From here, you will need to sign in to your preferred streaming service and connect it, but it will be different for each service. You will need to sign in, connect your account, enter a streaming URL, and also download a program such as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). Luckily, most streaming services have FAQs that include detailed information about setting up your stream.
How to set up your Elgato
- Connect PS4 HDMI port PlayStation VR processing unit to PlayStation 4.
- Connect HDMI TV port PlayStation VR Processing Unit to the HDMI input of your Elgato gaming device.
- Connect output HDMI Out your Elgato gaming device to your TV.
- Connect your Elgato gaming device to your computer.
Step-by-step instructions for disabling HDCP
- Go to Main menu .
- Sign in settings menu it has a gear icon and is located on the top bar on the right.
- Scroll down and select System .
- Select HDCP Encryption, to turn it off.
Once you’ve connected your Elgato, it’s easy to use even if you’ve never streamed before. Do you still have questions about using Elgato to stream video from PlayStation VR? Are you using Elgato for streaming? Let us know about it in the comments below!
December 1, 2017: We have updated this post so you can stream video from Elgato without any problems.