If you are reading this, you already know how big CS:GO is. Besides dominating the competitive FPS market for years, it’s one of the world’s biggest esports. Millions flock daily to streams and official events to watch the game being played at highest level. If you want to get into streaming it, either to teach others, to flex your skills, or to be a part of the larger CS:GO community, we got your back!
In this article, we will be taking a closer look at the basic requirements of CS:GO streaming, to help prospective streamers get started! We will be getting into the specs you need to stream, ideal setups, and also touch on the pros and cons of streaming CS:GO in particular. Let’s get to it!
What specs do I need to stream Counter Strike: Global Offensive
This is one of the most common questions asked by players who want to start streaming. Well, put simply, the better the PC, the better your stream will be.
That doesn’t mean you absolutely need a high-end, hyper expensive rig. However, you should be aware of CS:GO’s minimum requirements. Here’s a summary:
CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 processor or better
CPU SPEED: Info
RAM: 2 GB
OS: Windows® 7/Vista/XP
VIDEO CARD: Video card must be 256 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 3.0
PIXEL SHADER: 3.0
FREE DISK SPACE: 15 GB
DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 256 MB
This are the absolute minimum, but if you find a PC that manages to exceed these and at the same time doesn’t cost you a kidney, then go for it. Trust me, you’ll play better and streaming will be that much easier. Luckily, you only need 60 FPS, as most streaming websites won’t allow any higher FPS value.
However, your PC setup is not the only thing you should focus on. One of the most important things when it comes to playing and streaming at the same time is internet speed, obviously. No one likes to watch a streamer that lags every 5 seconds, so do yourself and your followers a favor and upgrade your plan.
Pros and cons of streaming CS:GO
There are endless opportunities and advantages of streaming Counter Strike: Global Offensive, but as with everything else, there are some downsides as well.
The most obvious advantage of streaming CS:GO is that you are streaming CS:GO. You will be playing not only your favorite game, but a game with a large enough viewership to let you eventually fully support yourself streaming. That is, assuming you’ve got the skills and personality to make it there.
The second advantage is that you can create a community of people that learn from you, and that teach you things when interacting with you.
On the other hand, a clear con is that streaming websites are already saturated with CS:GO streamers, meaning it will be significantly harder to get people to notice your streams. You have to make sure your stream is worth it. There’s also a psychological downside: streamers often claim that they lose interest in playing games once streaming starts to feel like a job.
Like with other things, it’s important that you understand the difficulties of streaming CS:GO and learn how to maneuver around them. Also, trust your audience and follow their advice. Do they want to see you do the weekly missions? Get right to it! Are they curious to see how you do in a Right Arm match? Grab a friend and rock at it. Do they want to play with you? Invite them on your steam account and play a match.