Mobile live streaming has been popularized thanks to the proliferation of video-centric social media platforms, so it only seems appropriate that people are most excited about this on the Steam Deck. No one likes being tethered to their desk 24/7, even if all you’re doing is gaming and hanging out with your chat on a live stream. Now, you don’t need to compromise so much.
To be clear, this isn’t official functionality provided by the Steam Deck, though many are still hopeful such a tool arrives as OBS is now available from the Steam store. The Steam Deck uses a custom Linux fork as its backbone, so it’s possible to simply download OBS from the applications menu in Desktop mode and link it to your Twitch account. You’ll get most of the tools you’re already familiar with (per KCYON Gaming on YouTube), including the ability to add multiple sources (yes, even an external webcam). The resulting stream is surprisingly smooth, with many able to get close to the ideal 6,000 mbps bitrate without using even half of the CPU’s power.