How To Stream a Nintendo Switch to Twitch

The Nintendo Switch is a great device that bridges the gap between the home console and the portable gaming platform. However, it lacks many features that modern competitors have, such as being stream-ready. It’s still possible to stream your favorite Switch games, but you’ll have to get creative.

For gamers looking to stream Nintendo Switch gameplay to Twitch, you’ve come to the right place. There are several methods available and you can choose the one you prefer. Read on to find out the details.

How to Stream Nintendo Switch to Twitch on Windows PC

Streaming gameplay from the Switch to a Windows PC isn’t difficult, though you might need a capture card or an Xbox One. On your Windows PC, you must first install OBS or Streamlabs as they are completely free to download and use for streaming.

The next requirement is to get at least two more HDMI cables as you will need them to connect the consoles to the PC.

If you’re going for a capture card, make sure it’s compatible with the Nintendo Switch. Not every product will work, so it’s best to do some research beforehand.

We’ll start with using a capture card first.

Streaming with a Capture Card

For this part, we’re going to assume you have an Elgato capture card and OBS Studio installed, as they’re the best in the business. The steps will also work for others in the market, even if there are minor differences.

  1. Dock the Nintendo Switch.
  2. Disconnect the HDMI cable connecting the Switch to your monitor.
  3. Plug the cable into your Elgato capture card.
  4. Connect another HDMI cable to the HDMI Out port on the capture card.
  5. Plug the other end into the HDMI port on the monitor.

Next, you need to link OBS to your Twitch account for a better streaming experience.

  1. Go to the official Twitch website.
  2. Go to your user profile.
  3. Click on ‘Account Settings’.
  4. Choose ‘Channel & Videos’.
  5. Look for something called “Primary Stream Key.”

  6. Copy the key.
  7. Go to OBS Studio and go to “File”.
  8. Then choose “Settings” and “Stream”.

  9. Turn on Twitch and paste the key into the text box.

  10. Confirm your selection and you should now be able to stream.

After this section, you’re almost ready to start streaming the Nintendo Switch footage. This will be the third and final step.

  1. Right-click anywhere in OBS Studio.
  2. Click “Add” and “Video Capture Device”.
  3. Give this layer a name.
  4. Select the layer and find your Elgato capture map.
  5. After confirming your choice, a box will appear with your Switch’s live images.
  6. You can move and resize it from this stage.
  7. When you’re ready to stream, click “Start Streaming.”

Before you start broadcasting, OBS Studio allows you to adjust the volume levels at the bottom of the window.

Streaming with the c

Xbox One owners can surprisingly replace the Elgato capture card with this console. You take advantage of the OneGuide software on the console. Other than that, the requirements are quite similar as above.

  1. Make sure your Nintendo Switch is docked.
  2. Connect an HDMI cable from the dock to the HDMI In port on the Xbox One.
  3. Connect the Xbox One to a monitor.
  4. Launch OneGuide on the Xbox One.
  5. Turn on the switch.
  6. Select the Enable OneGuide.
  7. Connect your Xbox to the PC using an Ethernet cable.

Since you’ll be streaming to Twitch, you’ll also need to link it to OBS.

  1. Go to the official Twitch website.
  2. Go to your user profile.
  3. Select ‘Account Settings’.
  4. Click on ‘Channel and Videos’.
  5. Find “Primary Stream Key”.
  6. Copy the key.
  7. Go to OBS Studio and go to “File”.
  8. Then choose “Settings” and “Stream”.

  9. Enable the Twitch streaming option and paste the streaming key.

  10. Confirm your selection and you should now be able to stream.

At this point, you need the Xbox app for your Windows PC.

  1. Launch the Xbox app on your Windows PC.
  2. Search for the Xbox console.
  3. Select the option.
  4. Return to OBS.
  5. Use the software to capture the Xbox App window.
  6. Start broadcasting the live footage to Twitch.

How to Stream Nintendo Switch to Twitch on a Mac

Since the Xbox app doesn’t work with macOS, it’s best to rely on a capture card for the process. Both OBS Studio and Streamlabs are available for Macs, allowing you to use identical hardware even if the operating system is different.

Streaming with a Capture Card on a Mac

We assume you have an Elgato capture card and OBS Studio installed.

  1. Dock your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Disconnect the HDMI cable connecting the switch to your monitor.
  3. Plug the free end of the cable into your Elgato capture card.
  4. Connect another HDMI cable to the HDMI Out port on the capture card.
  5. Plug the other end into the HDMI port on the monitor.

Then you connect Twitch to OBS Studio.

  1. Visit the official Twitch website.
  2. Navigate to your user profile.
  3. Select ‘Settings’.
  4. Choose ‘Channel & Videos’.
  5. Find the option labeled “Primary Stream Key.”
  6. Copy the key for later.
  7. Switch to OBS Studio and click “File”.
  8. Then select “Settings” and “Stream”.
  9. Turn on Twitch and paste the key into the field.
  10. Submit the key and you should now be able to stream.

Here are the instructions for the third stage.

  1. Right click anywhere in OBS Studio,
  2. Click “Add” and “Video Capture Device”.
  3. Name the new layer so that you remember it.
  4. Select the layer and find your Elgato capture map.
  5. After you’ve done this, a box with your Switch’s live images will appear.
  6. You can move and resize it from this stage.
  7. When you’re ready to stream, click “Start Streaming.”

Alternate Conquest Cards

The Elgato HD60 S is one of the best capture cards to use for capturing Nintendo Switch gameplay. However, not everyone wants an Elgato. Here are some alternatives to consider.

AverMedia Live Gamer Mini Capture

This recording card has a maximum recording resolution of 1080p60, which is what the Switch can achieve. There’s zero-latency pass-through for smooth recording, along with OBS and Xsplit support. With its compact chassis you can take it anywhere.

Mirabox USB 3.0 4K HDMI

This capture card records live images up to 1080p60 and also has no latency. Its beginner-friendly setup makes it an attractive choice when it comes to streaming on Twitch. In addition, it works flawlessly with the Nintendo Switch.

Razer Ripsaw HD

Razer entered the capture card market with the Ripsaw HD, promising smooth 1080p60 recording. As a plug-and-play device, you only need to connect the Switch to the card and OBS. After you’ve done that, you’re ready to show the world your gaming skills.

Let’s play some games

The Switch may not be stream-ready on its own, but capture cards will always be on the market. In addition, connecting the portable console to an Xbox One is unorthodox but effective. However you do it, anyone with the right equipment can stream Switch games.

Do you know of any other methods to stream the Nintendo Switch? How would you implement a way for the console to stream natively? Let us know in the comments below.

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