Facebook is now bringing live streaming capability directly from your desktops and laptops.
Now, anyone can stream through Facebook’s web interface. Though the said feature has actually been available on Pages for some time, we’re pretty sure plenty of everyday users want to stream on their desktop, whatever the heck they are doing.
With that said, desktop support for live streaming opens up Facebook to a whole new level of livestream (take Twitch and YouTube live as an example).
Facebook isn’t going to take over Twitch anytime soon, but streamers with a number of following on Facebook and Twitch might think twice about where they want to broadcast. Facebook might become a legitimate platform for gaming, podcast and other kinds of streams. Moreover, streaming onto a familiar platform like Facebook may be easier for gamers who’ve never been interested in streaming on Twitch, or who simply want to share streams with friends and family instead of online strangers. Because sometimes, people do have many following on FB, too – and live videos on Facebook do attract more audience than any other kind of posts.
Most of the time, users’ live broadcasts tend to be shaky because they’re holding their mobile phones, and that’s a mess for those who wants quality streams. With support for standard streaming software like OBS and XSplit, Facebook can now do more interesting things like screen sharing, inserting graphics, or using multi-camera setups.
You can start a stream from your News Feed or profile and then paste your server URL or stream key just like any other service. You can even label the video with what game you’re playing.
Aside from game streams, Facebook also sees the desktop feature being useful for things like Q&A’s, vlogs, tutorials or which way you cut it. Facebook livestreams are about to get a lot more variety – and is helpful to boost more followings and audience when a user is dependent on Facebook for promoting its content.