Have you ever wanted to stream a game to your friends but didn’t want to use a service like Twitch where anyone can hop in? You may have already discovered and used Discord’s screen share feature for this very reason, but you no longer have to. Discord has recently implemented the “Go Live” feature, which allows users to stream their games directly to their friends.
How to Use the “Go Live” Feature
First, make sure you’re on a PC running Windows 8 or higher. The Go Live feature currently doesn’t support computers running Windows 7 or below.
To use Go Live, play a game that Discord recognizes. You can tell if Discord can “see” the game if your status message changes to “Now Playing:” followed by the game title when you play it. If you don’t see this status and Discord can’t recognize your game, you won’t be able to stream it.
If you boot up a game that Discord recognizes, you’ll notice a small window appear above your status bar. Click the small screen icon to the right on this new window to go live.
A window will pop up asking you which voice channel you want to cast to. Unfortunately, you can’t cast a game without being in a voice channel, as this channel acts as both the way you communicate to your viewers and the channel others use to watch. If you don’t want to broadcast your voice as you stream, be sure to click the microphone icon on your status bar to mute yourself before you start.
Once you select a voice channel, you’ll automatically join it. Now, anyone who joins your voice channel will see your stream as you play.
How to Watch Someone Else’s Stream
If you’re not keen on streaming but want to know when others are streaming, there are ways to tell. Hopefully, the person who started the stream will let everyone know that it’s starting; when that happens, join the voice channel they’re in. Click on the user with the “LIVE” text next to their name to start the show.
If they don’t announce the stream, you can still tell if they’re broadcasting by looking at their status message. Look at their username in the user list; if their status message says “Streaming:” and then a game title, you can watch along by joining their voice channel.
Can You Stream Directly to a Friend?
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there’s no way to open a friend’s chat and stream to them through the direct message channel. If you try, the “Go Live” button turns grey, and it’ll tell you to visit a server instead. Hopefully, Discord will add this fantastic streaming feature to friends and DM groups, as it’ll be a nice way to provide a private stream to people who don’t share a server with you.
Stream for the Team
Streaming games can be fun with friends, but it’s tricky to do so without using a web service where strangers can join. Using Discord, you can stream to server members and let them watch along without the risk of random people spoiling the fun.
Will you use Go Live over other services such as Twitch? Let us know below.