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#1 American Ninja

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 17:38

Hello,

 

I want to get into streaming games on my PC and PS4. So I was wondering what is a good upload speed to have to be able to stream in 720p without and problems?

 

Thanks!




#2 ZakO

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 18:05

What upload speed do you have? There isn't really a set speed you need to have, it depends at what bitrate/quality/fps you choose to stream at. As an example I stream at:

 

720p/30fps: 2500kbps bitrate (~ 3mbit upload required)

720p/60fps: 4000kbps bitrate (~ 4.5mbit upload required) 

 

That's reasonably high quality, I know several people who stream at 720p/30fps with a 1250 bitrate and it's perfectly watchable. Basically any upload speed above 1.5mbit is capable of streaming 720p/30fps in "ok" quality, but obviously if you have a faster connection you would want to increase the bitrate to get "good" quality.



#3 +Dermot

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 18:08

My connection is around 30-50mb/s download and 15-20 mb/s upload and i've never had an issue streaming in HD.

 

I think it all depends on their servers to be honest..

 

Since the ps4 and xbox one launch these streaming services like twitch and ustream, their servers have been overwhelmed.



#4 OP American Ninja

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 19:34

Thanks for the replies.

 

My current upload speed is: Upload Speed: 2103 kbps (262.9 KB/sec transfer rate). I plan on asking if I can get bumped up to 10mb/s but, the way it sounds I shouldn't really need much over 5mb/s? or should I just go ahead and ask for 10?



#5 ZakO

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 22:26

Thanks for the replies.

 

My current upload speed is: Upload Speed: 2103 kbps (262.9 KB/sec transfer rate). I plan on asking if I can get bumped up to 10mb/s but, the way it sounds I shouldn't really need much over 5mb/s? or should I just go ahead and ask for 10?

 

Where are you planning on streaming to? Twitch? If so, they consider anything > 3500 kbps bitrate 'abuse' of their servers unless you're a partner, 5mbit should be more than enough.



#6 OP American Ninja

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 22:33

Ok cool, I do plan on streaming through twitch. I didn't know they considered that abusive. Lol thank you for the reply.