3 Best Ways To Stream PS4 On PC

Are you wondering how to stream PS4 on PC? Do you wish to stream PS4 gameplay to your PC with Discord, Twitch, or capture card? If yes, you’ve landed in the right place. 

If you’re a streamer with Sony’s PS4 in your arsenal, there’s good news for you and your viewers. And the good news is that there are ample ways to stream your PS4 gameplay without any fancy hardware or technical knowledge.  

With simple setups and readily available online software, you can seamlessly stream PS4 gameplay to your preferred platform – Twitch, Discord, or YouTube to ensure your viewers will have something to view if any platform fails. 

Read on as we start with a beginner’s guide to PS4 streaming on Twitch – a platform that’s hardly unknown to streamers and their audience. 

A Beginner’s Guide to PS4 streaming on Twitch

Here are some cool tips if it’s your first streaming with Twitch. Note these to make your streaming worth watching and intriguing to others. 

  • Watch other streamers on Twitch and learn.

One of the best ways to master the art of streaming on Twitch is by watching and learning from other streamers. Increase your network, join other live streams, and closely monitor everything you see. 

For example, the chat etiquettes, how streamers interact with their viewers while playing, etc. And the best advantage of doing all this? Other streamers and their viewers will get to know you and your channel. 

  • Invite your family and friends to your stream initially

If you’re someone who’s gearing up for their first-ever live streaming, it’s better to invite your family and friends initially and know their experience. Their tips and suggestions can help make a difference and help you work on the obvious voids initially. 

  • Play your favorite game, period

If you don’t like a game other streamers in your community are playing, and viewers enjoy, don’t stream it! That’s it. If you try to play a particular game that you aren’t finding interesting enough, your viewers can immediately sense it. 

Instead, choose your favorite game you can play and stream non-stop. Remember, your audience is likewise enjoying it if you’re enjoying it. 

  • Be regular or at least consistent.

Consistency is the key to breaking into the top streamers’ list. There are millions of streamers out there. However, only a handful of them is consistent or regular with streams. And that’s another (or biggest) reason behind their immense popularity. 

We know it isn’t easy to manage a streaming schedule with other aspects of life, such as studies, family, and your other interests. Work upon a fixed time you’ll be available for your audience to deal with this. 

It can be early morning, late night, or any other time frame that they can find you. 

  • Look for a bot

As your viewership grows, you’ll need someone who can automate the process of interaction with your audience. Of course, you won’t be able to interact and play simultaneously as you grow. 

We recommend the best automation bots are Nightbot, WizeBot, and StreamElements

Screen Mirroring Tools – A Quick Way To Stream PS4 to PC

Before we go ahead and discuss other ways to stream PS4 to PC, let’s understand how to do the same through screen mirroring tools such as Remote Play and LetsView. Both these tools are free to use and require no technical knowledge. 

  • Remote Play
stream ps4 on pc

To start with, here’s Remote Play. Released in 2006, it was developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment to help gaming consoles such as PS3, PS4, and PS5 to cast video and audio to another device. 

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Thus, we highly recommend Remote Play to stream gameplay from a PS4 to a PC. And guess what? You can also invite your friends to the tool for more fun. 

Here are the steps to use Remote Play to stream PS4 on PC

  1. Setup
  • Turn on your PS4.
  • Click on the gear icon to open the Settings. 
  • Under the settings, go to the Remote Play Connection settings.
  • You’ll find an option – Enable Remote Play. Check its box. 
  • Now, go to PlayStation Network in the Settings. 
  • Under PlayStation Network, go to Account Management. 
  • Choose Activate where it says Activate as Your Primary PS4.
  • Now, other devices (Twitch & YouTube) can access your PS4.
  1. Connect your PC and PS4
  • First and foremost, your PC and PS4 must be on the same network. 
  • Download and install PS Remote Play on your PC. 
  • Connect the DualShock4 Controller to your PC using a USB cable. 
  • Launch the Remote Play app and hit the Start button. 
  • Now, sign in to your PS Network. 

You have now connected your PS4 to the PC.  

Tip: Make sure you’ve got a fast internet connection to use Remote Play for uninterrupted gameplay. 

  • LetsView
LetsView to stream PS4 to PC

Another easy-to-use screen mirroring tool that’s also free to use is LetsView. Its key highlights include zero lags and delays while casting audio or video to another device, including your PC.

Moreover, it lets you record your screen and take screenshots of your game. Then, you can share them with your friends and on social media. 

Here are the steps to use LetsView to stream PS4 to PC

  • Go to your smartphone’s Play Store and install the PlayStation App. 
  • Launch your PS4. 
  • Go to the Settings.  
  • On the Settings screen, select the PlayStation App Connection Settings option, and choose Add Device. 
  • Now, open the PlayStation App you just installed. You’ll have a notification to connect the app to your PS4. Tap on it. Now, the app and PS4 are connected. 
  • Again, visit the Play Store, and install the LetsView app on your device. 
  • Connect the app to your PC using either the QR code or PIN. 
  • Once connected, your phone’s screen will appear on your PC. 

So, that’s how to cast PS4 on your PC.

How to Stream PS4 Gameplay to PC with Discord?

After Twitch, the next platform streamers use to stream PS4 gameplay or join other streamers’ streams is Discord. Discord allows you to play games in its voice chat channel, creating a more intriguing environment for both parties involved. 

Here are the requirements to stream PS4 to PC with Discord. 

  • A PC
  • Sony PS4
  • Discord account
  • Twitch account

Now, let’s go through three simple yet interesting methods to stream with Discord. 

Method #1: Streaming with Discord via Twitch

There is one added advantage for you and the viewers in this method. Your viewers can directly communicate with you through voice chat while you’re playing. Thus, this method is worth giving a try. 

  1. PS4 setup
  • Open the PS Remote Play app. 
  • Go to the Settings. 
  • Click on the Sharing and Broadcasts feature. 
  • On the next screen, select the Link With Other Services option. 
  • On the Link With Other Services screen, select Twitch. 
  • Launch the game you wish to play and stream with Discord. 
Stream PS4 to PC with Discord
  • On your controller, select Share from the left panel. 
  • Select the Broadcast Gameplay option from the menu that appears. 
  • On the next screen, choose Twitch as your streaming platform. 
  • Once all is done, select Start Broadcasting to start streaming. 
  1. Start streaming on Discord.
  • Open the Twitch app and log into your account on your PC.  
  • On your profile, select Channel. 
  • Go to your PS4 gameplay live streaming started in the last step. 
  • Launch Discord on your PC and log into your account. 
  • Open the Discord server you wish to broadcast your stream to. 
  • Now, select your voice channel on that server. 
  • At the bottom of the screen, click on Screen. 
  • You’ll have to choose the live stream to stream on Discord’s voice channel on the next screen. Click on Twitch’s live stream. 
  • As the last step, click on Go Live. 
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That’s how you can stream LIVE with Discord if you also want it to stay LIVE on Twitch. If not, we recommend the following method. 

Method #2: Streaming directly with Discord

You don’t need a Twitch account to start or stream first on Twitch, as was the case in the above method. Thus, this method consumes less internet than Method #1. Here, you’ll need the PS Remote Play app. 

  1. Installing and syncing the devices
  • First, visit the official website of Remote Play to download it on your PC (Windows, Linus, or macOS). 
  • With the help of a USB cable, connect the DUALSHOCK 4 controller to your system. 
  • If prompted, agree to Sony’s data policies. 
  • Now, log into your PlayStation and Remote Play account. 
  • Once you have logged in, wait for the PS4 to sync with your device. 
  • Once synced, the PS4’s home screen will be visible on the Remote Play app. 
  1. Stream to Discord
  • Open Discord on your PC. 
  • Open the Discord server you wish to broadcast your stream to. 
  • Now, select your voice channel on that server. 
  • At the bottom of the screen, click on Screen. 
  • You’ll have to choose the live stream to stream on Discord’s voice channel on the next screen. Click on PS Remote Play live stream. 
  • Click on Go Live. 

Your Discord PS4 stream will be visible to everyone who joins your voice channel on that particular Discord server. 

If you want to stream to your friends using a capture card, go ahead with method #3

Method #3: Streaming via OBS

You’ll need the OBS Studio and capture card in this method. Once you’ve got both these, proceed with the given steps. 

  1. PS4 setup
  • Switch on your Sony PS4.
  • Click on the gear icon to open the Settings. 
  • Once the settings are open, go to the System. 
  • Click on Enable HDCP to turn it off. 
  1. Connect the capture card
  • Download and install your preferred capture card from its official website. 
  • Connect your PS4 to the capture card’s ‘IN’ port using the HDMI cable
  • Connect the capture card to your PC through another HDMI cable. Use the HDMI ‘OUT’ port for this. 
  • As the final step, connect your PC and capture the card through a USB cable.
  1. Streaming with Discord
  • Launch the OBS Studio on your PC. 
  • Select PS4 gameplay as the source.
  • Open the Discord app. 
  • Open the Discord server you wish to broadcast your stream to. 
  • Now, select your voice channel on that server. 
  • At the bottom of the screen, click on Screen. 
  • You’ll have to choose the live stream to stream on Discord’s voice channel on the next screen. Click on OBS live stream.
  • Click on Go Live. 

Anyone who joins your voice channel can enjoy your live PS4 stream. 

So, these were the three methods to stream PS4 to PC with Discord. 

How to Stream PS4 to PC with Twitch?

As aforementioned, Twitch is the prime choice of streamers to stream PS4 gameplay. This is because of its easy setup and no HDMI cables or capture cards.

Requirements

  • A PC
  • USB Cable
  • Sony PS4
  • Remote Play
  • OBS Studio 
  • DUALSHOCK 4 Controller

Once you’ve all these, let’s start with the setup. 

  1. Installing and syncing the devices
  • First, visit the official websites of Remote Play and OBS Studio to download them on your PC (Windows, Linus, or macOS). 
  • With the help of a USB cable, connect the DUALSHOCK 4 controller to your system. 
  • If prompted, agree to Sony’s data policies. 
  • Now, log into your PlayStation and Remote Play account. 
  • Once you have logged in, wait for the PS4 to sync with your device. 
  • Once synced, the PS4’s home screen will be visible on the Remote Play app. 
  1. OBS Studio setup
  • Launch the OBS Studio software you downloaded in the beginning. 
  • On the main screen, click on the gear icon at the bottom of the screen. 
  • A menu will open up. Please navigate to the Window Capture option and click on it. 
  • You can also give a title to the source on the Create/Select Source window. 
  • Next, select the window you wish to stream. Further, the PS4’s main menu must be present in the OBS encoder. 
  • Congratulations, you can now stream PS4 gameplay with Twitch
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We’ll learn how to stream PS4 gameplay with a capture card in the next section. 

How to Stream PS4 Gameplay with a capture card?

Capture Card

If you’re a streamer, the term capture card shouldn’t appear fancy to you. Almost every other gamer uses a capture card to ‘capture’ their favorite games and save them. Moreover, you can stream, capture, and share the entire game with your viewers.  

Every PS4 has a built-in HDMI port wherein you can insert the capture card for seamless gameplay streaming. 

Requirement

  • A PC
  • HDMI Cables
  • USB Cable 
  • Sony PS4
  • Capture Card (of any brand)
  • OBS Studio 

Once you’ve got all these, let’s start with how to stream PS4 gameplay with a capture card.

  1. PS4 setup
  • Switch on your Sony PS4.
  • Click on the gear icon to open the Settings. 
  • Once the Settings are open, go to the System. 
  • Select Enable HDCP to turn it off. 
  1. Connect the capture card
  • First and foremost, download and install your preferred capture card from its official website. 
  • Connect your PS4 to the capture card’s ‘IN’ port using the HDMI cable
  • Connect the capture card to your PC through another HDMI cable. Use the HDMI ‘OUT’ port for this. 
  • As the final step, connect your PC and capture the card through a USB cable. 
  1. Streaming PS4 gameplay 
  • Launch the OBS Studio software. 
  • On the main screen, click on the gear icon at the bottom of the screen. 
  • A menu will open up. Please navigate to the Window Capture option and click on it. 
  • You can also give a title to the source on the Create/Select Source window. 
  • Next, select the window you wish to stream. Further, the PS4’s main menu must be present in the OBS encoder. 
  • Congratulations, you can now stream PS4 gameplay with Twitch or any other platform. 

Conclusion

So, that’s how to stream PS4 on PC. Although PlayStation itself is enough to refine your gaming experience and take it to the next level, by streaming your PS4 games to your PC, you can further enjoy them. 

This article discussed several ways to stream PS4 to a PC using screen mirroring tools, a capture card, etc. We further explained how to stream PS4 gameplay with Twitch and Discord. 

Were you successful in streaming PS4 gameplay to your PC? Let’s know your experience in the comments below. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why can’t I stream off my PS4 on Twitch?

If you’re unable to stream to Twitch from your PS4, you must haven’t activated the Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) on Twitch to broadcast gameplay from the PS4. Once you activate the 2FA, log into your Twitch account from PS4 and start streaming. 

How do I enable YouTube broadcast on PS4?

To stream to Twitch from your PS4 using the PS4’s broadcast option, link both the accounts. Once linked, press your PS4’s Share button and select Broadcast Gameplay. That’s how you can stream to YouTube from PS4. 

What is the broadcasting resolution on PS4?

The broadcasting resolution on PS4 is 1080p (60fps). 

What is the best screen mirroring tools to stream PS4 to PC?

The top two screen mirroring tools to stream PS4 to PC are Remote Play and LetsView. Refer to the step-by-step guide above to know how to use these tools.