There’s a lot of debate online about whether stream cards are necessary. But in my experience at least, streaming demanding games on the power of my graphics card and CPU alone just doesn’t pass muster, even after “optimizing” my settings.
When you’re streaming, you’re both the host and the control room. During the broadcast, you’ll have to juggle multiple stream settings while you’re in the middle of a game, and a controller like this one by Elgato can help you manage.
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