How to broadcast gameplay on PS4 consoles

Find out how to link your PlayStation®4 consoles to a streaming account and start broadcasting your gameplay to friends and followers.

How to link a streaming account to your PS4 console

To broadcast, you need to link a YouTube or Twitch account to your account for PlayStation™Network. You can do this when starting a broadcast for the first time or from the home screen:

  1. Go to Settings > Account Management > Link with Other Services.
  2. Select YouTube and sign in to your YouTube account.
  3. If you have two-step authentication enabled, you need to enter the verification code on the next screen.
  1. Go to Settings > Account Management > Link with Other Services.
  2. Select Twitch and sign in to your Twitch account.
  3. You need to set up 2FA (two-factor authentication) on your Twitch account before you start streaming.

Please protect your information, particularly sensitive or personal information such as your real name or address, while streaming. For more information, visit the PlayStation online safety guide.

How to start a broadcast on PS4 consoles

  1. While playing a game, press the SHARE button, select Broadcast Gameplay, and then choose a streaming service.
  2. Sign in to your streaming account and adjust the broadcast's settings as you like.
  3. To adjust your broadcast while streaming, press the OPTIONS button to reveal the advanced broadcast menu.
  • To find out more about configuring your broadcast settings, check the guide below.

Twitch stream is stuck on “preparing” when broadcasting from PS4 Consoles

  • You need to activate Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) on your Twitch account to broadcast from your PS4® console.
  • Once 2FA is activated and set up, you can log in to Twitch from your PS4 console and start streaming.

Broadcasting resolution on PS4 Pro consoles

PS4 Pro consoles can broadcast at up to 1080p (60fps) depending on the service used and bandwidth. HDR is not supported.

  • YouTube
    Up to 1080p (60fps) is available - quality will depend on YouTube network traffic.
  • Twitch
    Up to 1080p (60fps) is available - quality will depend on Twitch network traffic.

Having issues?

If you have any broadcast issues on PS4 consoles, please check the following troubleshooting guide.

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