Mobile live streaming has become popular thanks to the proliferation of video-centric social media platforms, so it seems only fitting that people are most excited about it on Steam. Nobody likes being tethered to their desk 24/7, even if all you’re doing is gaming and hanging out with your chats on a live stream. Now, you don’t have to compromise so much.
To be clear, this is not an official functionality offered by Steam Deck, although many are still hopeful that such a tool will arrive as OBS is now available from the Steam Store. Steam Deck uses a custom Linux fork as its backbone, so it’s possible to download OBS from the application menu in desktop mode and link it to your Twitch account. You’ll find 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 approach the ideal 6,000 Mbps bitrate without using even half of the CPU’s power.