All the gear you need to game-stream like a pro

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Sure, it’s easier than ever to start your own video game streaming channel, but that doesn’t mean being a streamer is easy. There are dozens of factors to consider before hitting the big GO LIVE button on YouTube or Twitch, such as: B. lighting, audio quality, video output and software organization – all just to get on the air. If you want to be successful as a streamer, you also need practice, charisma, luck and of course the right equipment.

While we cannot help with patience, natural talent or the like social factors who determine who becomes a streaming star, we can recommend the tools to make a channel look as professional as possible from day one. If anyone on your gift list is serious about getting into the video game streaming business, these are the gadgets they’ll be excited to unwrap (and flaunt on camera).

Blue Yeti

Blue Yeti for the Engadget 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.

Blue microphones

Classic. iconic. Legendary. Whichever descriptor you choose, Blue’s Yeti remains one of the most reliable and ubiquitous technologies in the live streaming business. The Yeti is a USB mic, meaning it’s plug-and-play with most rigs and features a dedicated setting (cardioid polar pattern) that’s great for live streaming. It’s also more affordable than comparable mics while still offering quality sound and easy setup.

Buy Blue Yeti at Amazon – $130

HyperX QuadCast S

HyperX Quadcast S for the Engadget 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Some mics are designed to blend in with their surroundings, others are designed to stand out from the crowd – like HyperX’s QuadCast S. The QuadCast S features a luminous core with customizable RGB effects that add a pop of color to the screen at all times (yes, even if your wait hits 10 minutes). It also has an internal pop filter and four polar patterns including cardioid.

Buy HyperX QuadCast S at Amazon – $160

EPOS Sennheiser Game One

EPOS Sennheiser Game One for the Engadget 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Uncomfortable headphones can destroy an otherwise enjoyable gaming session, and that’s especially true for streamers who don’t have the time or the intelligence to deal with pinched ears. Sennheiser’s Game One headset offers incredibly clear sound in a cozy, breathable frame, complete with velor ear pads that work well with glasses. An open design offers 3D sound and lets streamers hear their surroundings without lifting an ear. The Game One is also in the same price range as mid-tier headsets from Razer, HyperX or SteelSeries, but its unique open-acoustic design offers high quality, crystal clear – and comfortable! – Soundscapes.

Buy EPOS Game One at Amazon – $130

Razer Black Shark V2

Razer BlackShark V2 for Engadget 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.


If you’re looking for style and performance in a budget-friendly headset, Razer has you covered. The BlackShark V2 is a relatively affordable gaming headset with everything a streamer needs, from memory foam ear pads to a detachable microphone. This is a sound-isolating headset that works well in public streaming rooms with lots of background noise. Razer knows what it’s doing when it comes to gaming accessories and the Black Shark V2 is a tried and tested device for any gamer, all in the classic black and green look.

Buy BlackShark V2 on Amazon – $100

Elgato Stream Deck MK.2

Elgato Stream Deck for the Engadget 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Elgato’s Stream Deck is the device most streamers don’t know they need, at least until they get one. This little baby is a customizable desktop controller with 15 LCD buttons that can be set to launch and manage apps like Twitch, YouTube, OBS, Spotify, and XSplit. This is especially handy for live situations where streamers need to smoothly switch between programs and monitor multiple apps at the same time.

Buy Stream Deck MK.2 at Amazon – $150

Logitech C922 ProStream

Logitech C922 for the Engadget 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.

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One thing every streamer needs is a quality camera. Logitech makes a range of reliable webcams, but for today’s streamers, the C922 Pro Stream is a good place to start. It’s around $100 and streams in 1080p at 30 fps or 720p at 60 fps, with built-in autofocus and lighting correction. The C922 is a workhorse that gets the job done with little effort.

Buy Logitech C922 Pro Stream at Amazon – $100

Razer Kiyo Pro

Razer Kiyo Pro for the Engadget 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.


There’s only enough lighting to squeeze into a single streaming space, and that’s where Razer’s Kiyo Pro comes in. It’s a USB camera with an adaptive light sensor that makes the best of dark, backlit and fairy-lighted environments, and is capable of recording footage at 1080p and 60 fps, or in HDR mode at 30 fps. This is a high-quality streaming camera with a wide-angle lens and a sleek round profile, and it comes with a privacy cover to ensure there are no on-air accidents.

Buy Kiyo Pro at Amazon – $199

Razer Ripsaw HD

Razer Ripsaw HD for the Engadget 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.


For truly professional-looking streams, a capture card is a must, and Razer’s Ripsaw HD is one of the best. The Ripsaw HD is a plug-and-play device that records and streams gameplay at 1080p and 60 fps, while the game itself can reach 4K and 60 fps. That’s what the experts do.

Buy Ripsaw HD from Amazon – $160

Lightsmoon line lamp

Lightsmoon Line lamp for the Engadget 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Once the basic technical details are out of the way, it’s time to add some style to your streamer’s scene. Lighting is an easy way to set the mood and catch the eye of new viewers, and Lightsmoon’s Line Lamp is a stylish, understated option for a customizable, multi-colored ambience. The Line Lamp is designed to fit in the corner of a room, bounce off the walls and light up the whole room with minimal hardware.

Buy a line lamp from Lightsmoon – $280

Govee Glide wall light

Govee Glide wall light for the Engadget 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.


For a mounted lighting option, the Govee Glide wall light is the right choice. It consists of six bars that can be snapped together in various configurations, with a range of lighting effects as well as built-in voice capabilities from Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The Govee Glide wall light is dimmable, adjustable and has six modes that automatically respond to music.

Buy Glide wall light on Amazon – $100

REAWUL large RGB mouse pad

REAWUL RGB Gaming Mouse Pad for Engadget 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.


Want a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to make a streaming room pop? Get a big glowing mouse pad. REAWUL Large RGB Mouse Pad is an 80cm x 30cm extended mat that easily covers the area of ​​a full-size keyboard and mouse with illuminated edges. The pad features 14 RGB lighting modes with stable and animated options and is USB powered. At less than $20, this is both a steal and a showstopper.

Buy an RGB mouse pad from Amazon – $20

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