How to Stream Switch Without Capture Card?

how to stream switch without capture card

If you are an avid gamer, you must know how streaming games can instantly elevate your gaming experience.

As the gaming industry is revolutionizing, manufacturers are paying more attention to streaming features. It is because the demand for streaming is increasing day by day. According to the latest stats, 186913 users stream League of legends each week.

The foremost prerequisite is having a capture card, which is expensive for many users. Don’t worry! It doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy streaming. We have got a solution for you. Here is how to stream switch without a capture card and without spending a handsome amount on capture cards. 

What are Capture Cards?

Firstly, you need to know what capture cards are and why is it significant for streaming. Capture cards are just another gaming accessory. You might have seen gamers streaming their games to Youtube, Twitch, or Facebook. They do it with the help of capture cards. 

It is an input device that changes your game signals to digital signals that can be streamed on the internet. Once the signals are converted, you can store them to your local storage or stream them to social media platforms. 

Capture cards can directly stream your game from the gaming console. You don’t need any intermediate gadgets or accessories. Isn’t it the most effortless way to stream games! It might be, but it isn’t the only one. 

How to Stream Switch Without Capture Card

Though capture cards are a useful and efficient way to stream games, most users cannot afford them. There are some other ways of streaming games without capture cards. You can find hundreds of tutorials and hacks about streaming without a capture card. However, not all of them are worth trying. 

Here, we researched all the alternative methods and their functionality. In the end, we came up with two reliable methods, which needed less effort for setup. Here is how you can benefit from those two methods. 

Streaming Without Capture Card with Xbox One

How to Stream Switch Without Capture Card

It might seem a bit confusing to you, but you can stream games with Xbox One. Yes! Without any extra accessories. If you are an enthusiastic gamer, you must have Xbox One at home. And you might not know, but Xbox One comes with an inbuilt capture card. So, half of your problem is already solved. 

Now, all you need to know is how to put that capture card to work. 

Equipment Required to Stream with Xbox One

First of all, make sure you have all the necessary equipment to stream games using Xbox One. Here is the list of gadgets you need,

  • Xbox One 
  • Nintendo Switch Dock
  • PC or Laptop
  • HDMI Cable
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Apps for Streaming, such as OBS


Here is the step-by-step process to start streaming with Xbox One.

Step 1: Get Started

Get your Nintendo switch and connect it to the dock. 

Step 2: Connect Console to Xbox

Now use an HDMI cable to connect Xbox One with your gaming console. Make sure the Xbox is already connected to your PC or laptop. 

Step 3: Launch OneGuide

Turn on the Nintendo Switch and launch the OneGuide application on Xbox. Here, make sure that all the gadgets are connected to the same internet connection. You can use WiFi or ethernet cable. However, ethernet cables are preferred, as they offer better streaming quality. 

Step 4: Launch the App on PC

Once you have checked the internet connection, launch the Xbox application on your PC or laptop. Select your Xbox One through the application on PC and connect both of them. 

Step 5: Enjoy Streaming

Now the last step is to launch the streaming apps. Launch OBS on your PC or laptop and manage the settings. Tada! You can enjoy streaming your favorite games on your favorite platforms. 

Streaming Without Capture Card with Streamlabs Application

Streamlabs applications are the most commonly used alternative for streaming. Though the results are not high quality, it is an ideal choice for the gamers who are new to this community and don;y want to spend money on capture cards. 

You can easily access Streamlabs applications from Andriod or iOs. 

Equipment Required to Stream with Streamlabs Application

Here is the equipment you need to start streaming with the Streamlabs application. 

  • Mobile phone
  • Tripod stand
  • Streamlabs OBS


Here is the step-by-step process to start streaming with the three abovementioned equipment. 

Step 1: Get Started

Firstly, download the Stramlabs application on your phone from the play store. 

Step 2: Launch the App

Once you have downloaded the app, connect it with the platform you want to stream on. You can connect the app with the platform by logging in with a key provided by the platform. Streamlabs application works with Facebook, Twitch, Youtube, etc. 

Step 3: Enable Permissions

Go to settings and enable necessary permissions for the Straemlabs application. Give it access o the microphone and camera of your phone. 

Step 4: Choose Widgets and Customize the Arrangement of Your Widgets

Once the application is all set, work on the aesthetics of your gaming experience. Streamlbs applications give you the choice to choose and arrange all the widgets of your game according to your preferences and requirements. You can change the design, add text, move the layout as you want. 

Step 5: Start Broadcasting

Now go to settings and check the resolution of the broadcast. Set it to720p at 2500 bitrate. Though you can select the bitrate and resolution according to your internet speed, 720 x 2500 is recommended. 

Step 6: Arrange your Gadgets and Start Streaming

Place the phone on the tripod stand and adjust the angle according to your requirement. Tap the red button and start streaming. 

Wrapping Up!

There is no doubt when you go for alternatives, the quality of the stream suffers. However, if you are a newbie, both of the abovementioned methods can help you boost your gaming experience and introduce you to the community.

Though this write-up is all about streaming without capture cards……but! 

If you are serious about streaming and want to continue it, we would recommend you to go for capture cards. You can also find affordable capture cards. All you need is a little research. 

Neha Jamil is a 23-year-old gamer who is set on breaking stereotypes. Being a female pro, she understands the struggles of being underestimated. She intends to break this chain and help newbies discover the exciting world of gaming.

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