Do you want to take your streaming to the next level? If so, you need to invest in a stream deck. A stream deck allows you to control your streaming environment with ease, and it can make a huge difference in terms of how smoothly your stream runs. In this blog post, we will compare the best stream decks on the market and help you decide which one is right for you!
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Buying Guide For The Best Stream Deck for Streaming
1. Is it worth the money?
The Stream Deck currently retails for $179.95 AUD on the Elgato website while on Amazon’s Australian website it costs ~$140 USD which brings us back into parity with US pricing. If you plan on getting one I would recommend using the Australian store because even though it will add a bit of money to the purchase, you will be receiving it much faster than if you were to import one from overseas.
2. How do I use it with OBS Studio / XSplit?
The most common software that most people are compatible with is OBS Studio (formerly known as just OBS), which makes this Stream Deck pretty versatile because there are not many devices out there that work with both OBS and Xsplit. To make this device work in your streaming software you will need to install the updates for Elgato Game Capture HD (for example – http://help.elgato.com/customer/portal/articles/233212 ) and find the option where you can configure your ‘Scene’ buttons.
3. Does it work with Windows 10?
If you plan on buying this device, make sure you have the latest driver installed through Elgato’s site under “Check for Updates”. You can download that here – http://www.elgato.com/enu/support/game-capture-hd If you’re still having issues after updating to the latest driver, try these steps: Reboot your computer Disable Hardware Acceleration in OBS Reboot again Check if your Stream Deck is working properly Now enable Hardware Acceleration in OBS If none of those steps worked I would recommend uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers because even though they are new some users are reporting some bugs.
4. What type of Software does it work with?
The Stream Deck is mainly designed for Streaming but also works great in any type of software that you want to assign actions. This device would be best suited if you’re using it for games like CS: GO where one button can bring up different grenades or weapons depending on the situation. The buttons are even color-coded making this device really versatile when gaming! I highly recommend setting up some macros before playing a game because chances are they will come in handy! (I generally set up my ‘T’ key with 6 different macros for example – 1 for each weapon)
5. Is there a way to trigger an overlay?
Currently, there is no way to trigger overlays through this device. There is a workaround to create a hotkey that can be triggered in any software, but you will need to have an additional device with a keyboard/mouse connected to your PC.
3 Benefits Of Stream Deck for Streaming
1. Instant access to your favorite sites
Stream Deck lets you assign shortcuts to each key with an icon from any website or program installed on your computer. For example, if you’re playing League of Legends, typing in “LoL” or even just “/lol” opens up lolking.net for viewing champion statistics at the push of a button.
And the options don’t stop at websites, you can also assign shortcuts to open programs, folders, files, or even Steam groups. Stream Deck is small enough that you can easily place it next to your mouse and keyboard for quick access to all your favorite sites and things without having to switch tabs ever again.
2. Instant access to ALL your favorite sites (and interactivity with them)
Now, what’s better than opening one website? Opening 9 websites simultaneously! If you’ve got all 15 spots filled up on your Stream Deck, then congratulations, you now only have to press one button in order to refresh nine different pages. Not only does this save time spent opening different pages manually throughout the day, but it also opens up interactivity between them.
For example, you could open up 9 different subreddits for League of Legends and then set each one to automatically update with the newest posts, so that all you have to do is keep Stream Deck open in your browser. I’m not sure about you guys but I think this would save a TON of time, especially when browsing Reddit. Plus, they’re small enough that you can place them anywhere on your desk, even off to the side where they won’t get in the way of anything.
3. Satisfaction from just looking at it!
Ok ok ok, so maybe this isn’t an actual benefit or reason why people should get Stream Deck, but what’s a good article without a bit of shameless self-promotion?
The Last Line
After reading this blog post, you should know everything there is to know about Stream Decks. Now it’s time for your decision-making process! There are many pros and cons that may have been overlooked during our review of the different models on the market today, so feel free to do additional research before making a final purchase. One thing we can guarantee is that whichever model you choose will be one of the best investments in your streaming career yet!