The Go Live feature gives you an easy way to stream games in a server voice channel for up to 10 of your friends. 📺
Note: You can only Go Live/stream from the Windows 8 or 10 desktop client. (Windows 7 is not available yet)
Spectating is available from both the desktop and Chrome browser clients. Mobile client spectating hasn't been released, but it's coming soon!
So you might be asking yourself...
How do I go live?
To Go Live, your game needs to be recognized by our built-in game detection system and you need to be actively viewing a server! When your game is detected, the Go Live tab will appear on the bottom left of your screen, above your status bar.
Note: If the game does not appear, try manually adding your game by going to User Settings > Game Activity > Add it!
Unfortunately, if your game is not recognized by Game Detection, or through the process of manually adding it, then you will not be able to Go Live with the game.
Great! Now that you’ve got your game detected, go ahead and click the Go Live button. A window will then pop-up and you can select a voice channel. It'll look like this:
Annnnnnnndddd you’re LIVE! Easy peasy lemon squeezy. 🍋🍋🍋 You should see a small Picture-in-Picture (PiP) window of the game you're sharing so you can check out how it looks!
Note: The PiP window will be automatically paused once you have the game in focus.
From here, you can hover over the PiP window and set the stream to your preferred resolution:
- All users can stream up to 720p/30fps
- Nitro Classic subscribers have access to 1080p/60fps
- And Nitro subscribers can go all the way up to 4k/60fps
Remember to invite your friends! Similar to a standard invite, you can invite your friends directly to the stream or post the invite link.
Note: Keep in mind, if your friends join your voice channel and decide they want to Go Live themselves, they can also Go Live by following the same steps above!
Go Live: Permissions
The ability to Go Live on a channel is locked behind the “Go Live” permission. Server owners can decide who has the power to stream in Server Settings > Roles.
You can also customize this on the channel level by right-clicking your voice channel, and then selecting Edit Channel > Permissions. Here’s what it looks like:
Note: The ability to Go Live in a voice channel is enabled by default.
How do I watch a Stream?
Chances are, you’ve seen the “Go Live” badge to the right of your friend’s username. That badge indicates the user is streaming and if you click on their username in the voice channel, you’ll see the option to watch the stream. Check it out:
Note: If you just want to chat, you can join a voice channel as you normally would without spectating the stream. Additionally, Go Live streams have a maximum of 10 concurrent viewers (10 viewers, plus the streamer!).
Afterwards, our robo-hamsters will teleport you to the voice channel and you’ll see a window of your friend’s stream. You can double-click to fullscreen the stream and then minimize it back to a window by pressing Esc. You can also control the stream’s audio from the volume icon while hovering over the stream.
Click any other text channel and the stream will minimize to a small window in-app! Feel free to drag the stream window to your preferred corner of the app!
Note: Joining another voice channel will disconnect you from the Go Live session and the stream will disappear! You can only view one stream, within one voice channel at a time.
Go Live: Pop Out
We also included a “Pop Out” feature to suit your browsing needs! With the "Pop Out" feature, you'll be able to open the stream to a separate window! The "Pop Out" icon will look something like this:
The "Pop Out" window can be resized to your heart’s content! If you want to pin the "Pop Out" window so that it stays above all other windows, you can use the “Stay On Top” button. To unpin the window, use the "Remove from Top" button.
Go Live: Overlay
Go Live has also been integrated with our Overlay!
While playing a game, toggle your Overlay hotkey and then select the game that appears above your status bar.
All of the settings are housed in the Overlay widget. From there, you can adjust your stream settings, invite friends, end the stream, and check to see who’s watching!
If someone is watching your stream, you’ll see a little eyeball icon 👁 next to their name on the Overlay Widget!
Nelly is watching you!
And that's it!
We hope you enjoy Go Live and if you have any suggestions on how to improve the feature, please share your ideas here: https://dis.gd/feedback Keep in mind, Go Live is still in the beta, and therefore you may encounter technical issues. If it doesn't appear to be functioning properly, please make sure to hit up our support team here: https://dis.gd/contact