If you’re wondering how to start a gaming YouTube channel, you should be prepared take it seriously. Gaming is a very crowded industry, especially on YouTube, and if you want to stand a chance in competing, you should be prepared to make an investment.
Today, I’ll walk you through everything you need to get started!
These steps are essential, regardless of the platform you play on, so make sure to follow them carefully!
A Capture Card – You’ll Struggle Without One
Whether you play on Xbox, PS or PC, you’ll need a capture card to stand a chance in starting a successful gaming YouTube Channel.
All the top gaming YouTubers, such as Ali-A and TmarTn, all record their game-play at a very high quality which helps them to dominate the industry. If you can’t record your game-play in HD, you’re going to struggle competing with the thousands of other gaming channels out there.
Capture cards can be rather expensive and you have to remember that with money comes better quality, so if you’re going to make an investment into starting your own channel, ideally you’re going to want to go for the best. However, going for the best isn’t always cheap.
How Much do Capture Cards Cost?
If you want to get a HD capture card (which is what I would recommend), then you’re going to struggle to find one for under $100.
However, you’ll be glad to know that they don’t get much more expensive than that either – the best capture cards don’t cost much more than $150, so I would recommend saving up to get the very best if you’re going to get one at all.
Although the price difference is relatively small, the difference in quality and the editing software etc. is huge!
So What is The Best Capture Card?
In my opinion, the Elgato Game Capture HD is by quite some distance the best capture card and is by far the most popular.
All the major gaming YouTubers use the Elgato simply because it is the best! You’ll be glad to know that it isn’t the most expensive capture card either, as it retails from Amazon at about $140.
You can check out my review on the Elgato Game Capture by Clicking Here, where you can also check out how it compares to other capture cards!
A Gaming Headset – Great For YouTube and for General Gaming
Gaming headsets are great, because you can use them to talk to your friends and to intensify game audio, but you can also use them for commentaries for your YouTube videos!
Headsets can range from the price of $10 all the way up to the likes of $400, but I would never advise going all the way up there.
The great thing about these is that you can get a decent one for nearly anywhere in the price range! For as low as about $40, you can get a decent gaming headset which you can also use for commentaries with pretty good quality.
Of course the quality is going to get better and better as the price goes up, but if you do have a limited budget, the Turtle Beach X12 is definitely my No.1 recommendation, as it is only $40 from Amazon, and is better than most headsets that cost as much as $100!
Taking it to The Next Level – Astro A40
However, if you are prepared to make an investment as high as $200 then I would recommend the Astro A40, which is the headset that I currently use! It is one of the best gaming headsets in the industry, and unless you want to duplicate your investment, you’re not going to find a better headset.
It has top sound quality, is very comfortable and also has a decent mic which would be absolutely fine to use for YouTube commentaries. I use it and I find it great!
A Microphone – For the Very Best Commentary Quality
If you already have a gaming headset which you like, but the mic quality sucks, or you just want to be the best of the best at everything, you may want to consider getting an external mic.
The two best options are the Blue Snowball and the Blue Yeti in my opinion, one of which is for a low a budget, and the other for a higher budget.
Blue Snowball Microphone – Relatively Cheap
The Blue Snowball probably has a better mic quality than all gaming headsets and costs no higher than $50 from Amazon, making it my top recommendation if you want a low budget external microphone.
Personally, I would highly recommend getting an external microphone, as the improvement in audio quality is hugely better. For a while, I just used my Astro A40 which were OK, but I decided to invest into a Blue Yeti and the difference in quality was huge. But for those of you that simply can’t afford a top microphone just yet, using your headset microphone would be fine for starting out.
The Blue Yeti – The Best Quality Microphone
The standard Blue Yeti costs more than double the price of the Blue Snowball, retailing at around $120, but of course, the best microphone in the range isn’t going to be cheap.
Furthermore, there is also the Yeti Pro, with costs around $165, as it has some slight improvements.
I personally use the Blue Yeti and I believe it to be the best external microphone on the market, but it does have a fairly big price tag.
Editing Software – Is it Worth Making a Purchase?
Finally, you’ll need some editing software to put your videos together and add the finishing touches, but whether you should buy more advanced software is another question.
If you’re on Windows, you’ll automatically have Windows Movie Maker, or if not you can download it for free, but I think most of you will acknowledge that this is a lower end piece of software. It’s not very advanced and is fairly limited with its features, as you can’t do things such as image overlays, for example.
However, I would recommend just sticking with this if you are just about to start out your YouTube channel, because it might actually have everything you already need! Also, you don’t want to make a major investment and then realize that running a gaming YouTube channel isn’t for you…
On the other hand, if you’re using a Mac, I think you’re in a pretty nice position! There is an editing software called “iMovie”, which comes for free with new Macs and it’s pretty decent! That would probably be my recommendation if you have a Mac.
Sony Vegas Pro – Is it Worth it?
For those of you that are unaware, Sony Vegas Pro is considered as one of the top editing software’s around. Unfortunately, the latest version costs around $600…
Honestly, I really wouldn’t bother spending that huge amount of money, as it’s probably more expensive than all of your other equipment for starting a YouTube channel combined!
It is an expert piece of software, and if all you’re going to be doing on your channel is making gaming videos, then I really don’t think that you need Sony Vegas Pro to do so.
On the other hand, if you’re already a very popular YouTuber, or it comes to the stage where you are and you start earning quite a bit of money from it, you might as well go for it!
Most of the top YouTuber’s all have Sony Vegas Pro so it may be a worthy investment if you’re looking to compete with them!
Summary – All of The Essentials
Here is a list of all of the essentials that you will need that I have mentioned in this post:
- A Capture Card (check out my Elgato review)
- A Gaming Headset (check out my Astro A40 or Turtle Beach X12 review)
- An External Microphone (check out my Blue Yeti review)
- Editing Software
Before you decide to make any sort of investment for your YouTube channel, make sure you’re 100% certain that this is something you’re willing to put a lot of time and effort into and recognize that it won’t be easy!