How To Stream Nintendo Switch to Discord

The fun and exciting games that you are playing on your Nintendo Switch can now be shared with your Discord friends via streaming.

Discord has become popular over the years for gamers so your content will have the right audience that can appreciate your gaming adventures.

Share the thrill by learning how to stream in Discord from your Nintendo Switch. We have broken down the steps into easy parts to make sure that you can follow through until the end.

So, let’s go ahead and take a look at how to stream from your Nintendo Switch to Discord.

What you Need to Stream from Nintendo Switch to Discord

Tools needed to stream on Discord from Nintendo Switch

Before you start streaming, first you need to know which things are needed for you to be able to have a successful stream. Here are the things you need to stream:

Video Capture Card

You will need a video capture card if your pc or laptop does not have an HDMI “In” port. If you have an HDMI “In” port, you can connect your Switch to a PC or laptop directly. PCs or laptops with HDMI “In” ports are rare so our focus on this article is how to stream with the use of a video capture card. If you are unsure about your HDMI port, then be sure to read this guide.

Streaming PC or Laptop

If you have a gaming PC or laptop then most likely that your device is capable and ready to be used for streaming. If you’re still looking for a streaming PC or laptop there are a lot of good deals in the market for streaming PCs that can enhance your streaming content.

Video Playing Software

To stream your Nintendo Switch game, you will also need video playing software. VLC Media Player and OBS Studios are the highly recommended video playing software.

What are the Steps to Stream from Nintendo Switch to Discord

Step by step guide on how to stream Nintendo Switch on Discord

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to stream from your Nintendo Switch to Discord:

Step 1. Start by Connecting your Switch to your Video Card

  • Insert your Nintendo Switch into the Dock
  • Connect the USB-C Ports from the Switch to the Dock
  • Connect HDMI to the Capture Card. Make sure to plug the HDMI using the “Out” Port from the Dock to the “In” Port of the Capture Card.

Step 2. Setup your Capture Card

Open the video capture card software as directed in the capture card’s user manual or your computer will also recommend the appropriate software as soon as you plug the USB cable.

Step 3. Make Sure you have the Correct Switch Settings

  • Turn on your Nintendo Switch
  • Go to System Settings of your Switch from the Home Screen
  • Go to TV Resolution
  • Set the TV settings to 1080p and Full RGB Range.

Step 4. Plug in your USB Cable from the Capture Card to your PC

In step two you should have downloaded the capture card software so you should see your Nintendo Switch’s screen displayed on your computer screen.

Step 5. Setup your Video Playing Software

If you use VLC see the below steps:

  • Open a Notepad on your PC or laptop
  • Once your Notepad is open, paste the following content:
  •  “C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe” dshow:// :dshow-vdev=”Game Capture HD60 S (Video) (#01)” :dshow-adev=”Game Capture HD60 S (Audio) (#01)” :dshow-aspect-ratio=”16:9″ :dshow-audio-samplerate=48000 :dshow-audio-channels=2 :live-caching=0 :dshow-fps=60.
  • Go to your VLC Media Player App
  • Click Media
  • Click Open Capture Device
  • On the Capture Mode, make sure that DirectShow is chosen
  • For Video Device and Audio devices, choose your Capture Card
  • Click Show More Options
  • Find Edit Options Text Box
  • Copy your Video Card Name (can be found after after “:dshow-vdev=”)
  • Paste the Name of your Video Card to the Notepad after “:dshow-vdev=” and in between the quotes. If your video card name does not have (Video) (#01) you have to remove this part from your Notepad.
  • Close the opened window and VLC
  • Right-click the VLC shortcut on your screen
  • Click Properties at the pop-up window
  • Click Shortcut
  • Click Target
  • Paste the code from the text file (this will have the shortcut open with the code every time you access the app)
  • Click OK to apply settings.
  • Double-click on the VLC shortcut, and it will open a window that will be shown to your Discord Stream

If you use OBS Studio you can follow these steps:

  • Open OBS Studio
  • Click Add Device
  • Select your Switch from the drop-down
  • Open Studio Mode of OBS
  • Create and make sure to check overlays and audio channels
  • Start Playing in your Nintendo Switch
  • Check the quality of the image
  • Close Obs Studio
  • Install OBS VirtualCam OBS VirtualCam plugin is needed to send your OBS Studio Signal to Discord

Step 6. Stream in Discord

  • Go to your Discord App (If you use OBS Studio, choose OBS VirtualCam as your main webcam by going to> Settings > Audio & Video)
  • Choose and join one of your servers
  • Join the voice channel by clicking on the speaker icon
  • Click the monitor icon with the arrow which represents the screen option
  • You will see a list of applications
  • Click VLC app / OBS Studio app .
  • Streaming settings will show up Click Go Live.
  • If you’d like to stop sharing, just click on the “X” icon inside the thumbnail preview.

There you go, all the steps that you need to stream your Nintendo Switch games to Discord. Whether you’re using OBS Studio or VLC, the process is fairly simple. Just be sure to follow all the steps carefully, and you should be able to stream your games in no time! Good luck!

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Hey I'm Jake! Writer for various gaming and technology blogs. I also enjoy a little bit of golf in my free time as well as gaming. I really enjoy competitive games and I hate to admit it, but I have really been enjoying Wild Rift on my phone as I get the League experience without the rage. Usually you'll find me on Steam though exploring the many competitive options out there, whether that is a Battle Royale game or a MOBA game.