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Streamlabs OBS vs XSplit

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Streamlabs OBS and XSplit are two very popular streaming services, though they approach the industry from two different perspectives. XSplit focuses on the quality of your production value while Streamlabs values user integration more.

This pot will go over the pros and cons of each program and give you a base understanding of XSplit and Streamlabs.

Overview of XSplit

XSplit is known to most, for one thing, the ability to broadcast across multiple streaming platforms simultaneously. However, there are many other great features that XSplit has to offer like 4K 60fps streaming. Though Twitch does not have 4k transcoding options, YouTube does have the option so XSplit would deliver the best quality options if YouTube is your chosen platform.

The layout is clean and easy to navigate, but also a little bit too simple – missing out on important features such as integrated chat. To view your live streams chat in XSplit, you must use the Plugin Store and install your chat extensions there.

Pros of XSplit

Here are the pros of XSplit:

  • Simultaneously stream on multiple platforms
  • 4k
  • 60fps Streaming

Cons of XSplit

Here are the cons of XSplit:

  • More demanding on your CPU

Overview of Streamlabs OBS

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Streamlabs OBS (more commonly referred to as SLOBS), is essentially a reskin of OBS. It’s easy to navigate, reliable and unlike OBS or XSplit, has a bot specifically designed for Streamlabs users – though the bot can connect to your chat regardless of what software you use.

Though SLOBS lacks the capability to be able to stream across multiple platforms at once, you can still broadcast to YouTube, Facebook Gaming, and Twitch. The integrated chat is another great addition to SLOBS, though like XSPLIT the layout doesn’t really allow much in terms of customization – what you see is kind of what you get.

However, with Streamlabs you will gain access to some very interesting tools to make things even easier for creators such as; remote control & selective recording allowing you to remove certain sources from your recording only – very handy for removing background music and making editing VOD’s a lot smoother.

Pros of Streamlabs OBS

Here are the pros of Streamlabs OBS:

  • Integrated Chat
  • Chat bot
  • Selective recording

Cons of Streamlabs OBS

Here are the cons of Streamlabs OBS:

  • 1080p
  • 60fps maximum output resolution
  • Single platform streaming

Conclusion

Streamlabs OBS and XSplit are both programs used to broadcast your live streams to whichever live streaming platform you choose. Though the programs are used for the same task, they are both completely different and it really is down to what your intention with creating content is. But which is better? Well, that’s up to you, but this article will help you understand the differences and help determine which platform is better for you!

About the Author

Arry

Arry, also known as ArryBo, is a full time Partnered Twitch streamer from the southeast of England! Video gaming and music are two of the passions he shares on his stream.

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