If you want to fully experience your favorite Twitch stream using a VR headset, this guide will get you started. We will be covering the equipment and software you need, as well as the steps you need to take to get them set up and view your favorite stream as fast as possible.
How to Watch Twitch in VR
Before you start buying equipment, make sure you have a stable internet connection. You will not be able to watch Twitch streams if you do not.
To get started with VR, you will first need one of the VR headsets that are available. The most popular ones are:
META VR Headsets (previously Oculus)
The META Quest and META Rift headsets are the most popular general-usage VR headsets on the market. The old Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift were exactly the same product but named differently before the product rebrand.This headset only requires a USB C cable to connect and start viewing and gaming in VR.
Sony VR Headsets
The Sony headsets are specifically designed for use with the Playstation console. This headset is not available for use with your Windows PC. If you have a Playstation and want to watch VR using it, this is your best option.
Valve VR Headset
The Valve Index is a headset made for use with Steam. Playing and Streaming VR games through Steam is best for this headset.
While a bit more expensive than the base versions of some of the others, the HTC Vive generally offers higher-quality performance.
There are a lot of blog posts and articles out there that will tell you to search for the Twitch VR app on the Oculus or Steam store. Sadly, that Oculus app no longer exists. While an app for Netflix, YouTube, and other services exist, the way to watch a Twitch stream in VR is by using one of the popular browser apps, navigating to Twitch, and loading the stream that way.
A couple of popular apps you can download for launching a browser in virtual reality:
Twitch Chat Overlay in a VR Game
If you want to be able to see your Twitch chat while you stream a game in VR, there are a couple of programs that will allow you to overlay Twitch chat so you can communicate with your audience in real-time easily.
These will allow you to see and respond to viewers in voice, as well as use your controllers to type messages while never leaving the game.
Check out our article for more detailed information about setting up chat in your VR.
You should now be ready to start watching your favorite Twitch stream in virtual reality. Obviously, there is a huge requirement with equipment and setup to get things going. But once you get your settings correct, you should be able to hit that TV icon in your preferred software and get right into the conversation.
So, put on your headset, pick up your controller, and experience your favorite Twitch channel in full 3d!