How to Stream Switch on Discord

December 25, 2023
David Sunnyside

There is a lot of interest in streaming Switch gameplay on Discord, but Nintendo's console isn't built for it. However, it is possible, and this article will show you how. There are some specific requirements, such as a docked console with a video capture card (unless you have a switch lite), and software that can stream the video from that card to a computer, like OBS or VLC.

Discord is part communications app, with voice channels and text chat rooms, and part social media portal that lets people organize into public or private "servers" based on common interests. It's particularly popular among gamers, who use it to meet with friends and teammates or to find other like-minded people to play games with.

The most common way to stream Switch is by using a capture card connected to a PC with OBS or another livestreaming program. Once the console is connected to the capture card, the software can display the screen in a window, which can be shared on Discord. This method requires some technical setup and equipment, but it's worth it if you want to share your game with others.

Another method is to use a different streaming platform, such as Streamlabs or Xbox One. This is more difficult and requires a console that has an Xbox app installed. It is also less flexible than using a capture card. However, it's still a great option for those who don't have access to a capture card.

David Sunnyside
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