How to Stream Gameplay on Your PS5

Use Twitch or YouTube to stream in seconds

What to Know

  • Open the game you want to stream, and press the Create button. Select Broadcast with X in the menu at the bottom of the screen.
  • Choose between YouTube or Twitch by pressing X. You will need to link whichever service you select before you start streaming.
  • Name your broadcast, and use the ellipsis (...) button next to the Go Live option to customize your stream's settings.

Want to stream gameplay on your PS5? You're in luck, because Sony has made this doable in just a few button presses with built-in Twitch and YouTube integration.

How to Stream Gameplay on PS5

Sharing content is pretty straightforward across the PS5.

  1. Launch the game you'd like to stream.

  2. Press the Create button. Navigate to Broadcast in the newly opened menu at the bottom of the screen, and select it with X.

  3. Use X to choose between YouTube and Twitch to stream on. If you haven't already linked these accounts with your PlayStation Network account, you will be prompted to do so.

  4. Name your broadcast, and press X on Go Live to start streaming. If you'd like to change your stream's settings, like stream quality, whether or not to stream your camera and voice chat, and more, select the ellipsis (...) button with X.

  5. To pause your stream, press the PlayStation button to access the Control Center, and press Square while selecting your stream's card. Hit X while selecting the card to access the option to stop your stream.

Tips for Streaming on PS5

The streaming process itself on PS5 is straightforward, but there are a few details to keep in mind depending on your personal situation.

Do You Need PlayStation Plus to Stream?

No. You only need an internet connection and to be signed into your PlayStation Network account to stream on PS5. You will also need to link a streaming service account.

Is Streaming Right Now Important to You?

After linking your YouTube account, you may need to verify your account to start streaming. YouTube notes this process can take up to 24 hours. Twitch doesn't require a verification process, and once your accounts are linked, you can jump immediately into streaming.

What Does it Mean to Link Your Account With PlayStation?

When linking either your Twitch or YouTube account with your PlayStation Network account, Sony notes nothing will post to YouTube or Twitch without your permission.

However, Sony goes on to say that public broadcasts will automatically show up on your PlayStation Network profile and may be available for others to discover in the context of current and future PlayStation features.

Ultimately, it isn't unusual for publicly available content to be accessible by others, but if you're only recording silly stuff for your friends and family, make sure you're aware these public streams are actually public.

Can You Stream More Than Just Gameplay With PS5?

Yes, you can. In the menu found behind the ellipsis (...) button during the broadcast creation process, here you can choose to stream from a connected camera and to include voice chat audio in addition to your gameplay.

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