How to Start a YouTube Gaming Channel Without Spending Much


Nowadays, starting a gaming channel on YouTube no longer requires thousands of dollars worth in hardware and software. Sure, you can choose to go that route, but if you’re just getting started, chances are good that you want to spend less rather than more.

Throughout the past few years, my approach on gaming content has changed quite a bit. From creating videos to making my way through a variety of website iterations, the vision for Di Franco Gaming was never really all that clear. Until now…

Sometimes you just need to look for a solution and decide to keep things simple. That’s exactly what I have decided to do with my gaming content. I’m going to share with you what works for me.

Do you currently own an Xbox One or PlayStation 4? If so, then you’re set. Each console already includes the ability to instantly stream live gameplay to Twitch. And if that’s not enough, the PlayStation 4 supports even more platforms, including YouTube Gaming and Ustream.

Now by “without spending much,” I’m obviously assuming you already own either console. It’s up to you whether you want to spend a little extra for a decent headset — which I do recommend, by the way. The headsets that come included with both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are not all that great.

If you’re gaming on the PlayStation 4, you might enjoy my video review of the TRITTON Kaiken Mono Chat Headset. I’m a big fan of mono headsets, so I understand if it’s not for everyone.

And for Xbox One, the Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 30X looks decent for the price. I don’t currently use one, but I will certainly consider buying it for myself.

Once you have your headset situation figured out, you are ready to stream live. When your broadcasts are complete, you have several ways of downloading them. This is great if you’re looking to make a few edits and upload them to YouTube. There are several ways to go about this, which I explain in detail here.

As you can see, it doesn’t take all that much to get a gaming channel going. There’s no need to worry about spending a lot of money in the beginning.  If your content catches on and you build an audience over time, then you can focus on upgrading your setup.

After all, doesn’t a good channel come down to the content? Without quality content, you’ve got nothing. It never hurts to try.