If you have been enjoying some new games on the Switch you may have thought about streaming them on Twitch or Youtube. However is it easy to stream games from the Switch? Of course, it is easy to stream from your Xbox or Playstation with a capture card but is it the same process with a Nintendo Switch. Let’s jump in and take a look.

Can You Record Nintendo Switch With Elgato Capture Card

Yes, you can record the Nintendo Switch with an Elgato capture card. You will have to use the Nintendo Switch in docked mode. This gives you the ability to connect to your capture card to your switch via HDMI.

Can You Record Nintendo Switch Lite With Elgato Capture Card

No, unfortunately, you are unable to stream from the Nintendo Switch Lite with a capture card. The Lite version of the Switch does not have an HDMI out to connect to your capture card. If you want to stream a Nintendo Switch Lite you will have to do it without a capture card. You can do this by pointing a camera at your Switch screen and streaming.

How To Set Up Elgato & Nintendo Switch

Now that you know that a standard Nintendo Switch will work with an Elgato capture card, what exactly will you need to get a stream up and running.

What You Need To Stream From Nintendo Switch

  • Nintendo Switch
  • Nintendo Switch Dock with power adapter
  • 2 HDMI Cables
  • Capture Card Connected To PC

How To Set Up The Elgato Capture Card With Nintendo Switch

  1. Connect one of your HDMI cables to the HDMI out on the Dock
  2. Connect the other end of that cable to the HDMI in on your capture card
  3. Plug one end of the second HDMI cable into the HDMI out on the capture card and plug the other end into your TV/Monitor
  4. Ensure your capture card is connected to your computer
  5. Plug your Nintendo Switch into the dock and power on the console

You should now be able to see your Nintendo Switch screen in your game capture software as well as on your TV/Monitor.

Can The Nintendo Switch Stream 4k?

No, the Nintendo Switch is unable to stream in 4k. The maximum output resolution of the Switch when docked is 1920×1080 meaning that 1080p is the highest resolution you can stream in.

There were rumours that the new OLED Nintendo Switch might have 4K capabilities but unfortunately on release it does not. The dock however is future proofed and is capable of producing 4k video if Nintendo ever do release a 4k model.

Wrapping Up

So now you know that you can use an Elgato capture card with your Nintendo Switch however it will need to be in docked mode. You can now stream your favorite Switch games with your audience on Twitch or Youtube.

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