Ninja live streaming Fortnite
Ninja live streaming Fortnite

Nvidia is announcing a new version of OBS that will optimize how people use Nvidia GPUs to host quality streams on a single PC.

Live streaming games is easier than ever. However, it may still pose some trouble on PC. Many streamers have to rely on dual-PC setups as they use one system to play and the other to stream.

Nvidia and OBS, the leading live stream software, is hoping to change this into a single setup.

Live streaming video games from a single PC

Nvidia is delivering the optimization via the NVENC hardware encoder Nvidia GPU’s have. Most streames use graphics cards-powered encoding instead of relying on their processors. Such setup allows them to use their GPUs to their fullest and avoid being bottlenecked by their CPUs.

However, the setup is taxing on the GPU and leads to low frame rates, as little as 15 fps.

According to Nvidia, OBS studio new version (version 23) reduces the FPS impact on streaming by 66 percent compared to the prior version.

It means that streamers would no longer have to choose between lowering the quality of their gameplay or investing in a dual-PC setup. The optimization affects newer GPUs with NVENC software.

The company used the opportunity to point out the advantages of its RTX GPUs and what they offer to streamers. Nvidia claims using its latest-and-better offers will improve image quality and reduce bitrates.

Benchmarking the new OBS live streaming

Apex Legends
Apex Legends. Source: Engadget.
Nvidia claims the new optimizations have improved by 48 percent the following games:
  • PUGB
  • Fortnite
  • Call of Duty
  • Black Ops 4 – Blackout
  • Apex Legends

The improvement has an obvious focus on battle royale titles likely because they have become the main source of gaming live stream.

OBS Studio version 23 is available for Linux, macOS, and Windows. You can download the software from their website.
Nvidia has explained StreamLabs, a popular streaming platform using OBS as a pillar for their app, will use these improvements in their client shortly. Hopefully, that means smaller streamers will have less of a hassle on their business and endeavors.
Both small and big streamers would be able to use a single-PC setup and keep the streaming quality. That is, of course, if they have a capable gaming PC. Don’t worry, though; we can tell you how to build a budget gaming pc right here.

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