Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars came out for the PlayStation 3 in 2008 to mixed reviews. But the game was ultimately a moderate commercial success—shipping over three million digital copies on the PlayStation Network.
Developer Psyonix refined the vehicle-based arcade-style soccer gameplay and released Rocket League in 2016 as the official sequel. It became one of the most critically acclaimed sports games in recent times.
“Arcade Style Soccer but With Rocket-Powered Cars”
Rocket League melded elements of indoor soccer and demolition derby to great success. The aim of most game modes is to gather points by hitting a ball much larger than the cars into goal areas. Each match can last up to five minutes and involve up to four players per team.
Vehicles can jump to hit the ball in mid-air, boost forward to mobilize it or ram into other players. Adding to the vehicular mayhem, there’s also car durability, which means you can destroy your opponents. They will respawn after a while. A feature called “mutators” allows for modification of certain elements of gameplay, such as ball size, speed, alteration to the arena’s gravity levels, and so on.
Over the years, Psyonix released several game modes for Rocket League. An ice hockey mode, which turned the ball into a hockey puck and modified the arena’s physics, was supposedly limited to the winter holiday seasons. It was so well-received that Psyonix made it a permanent game mode.
“Hoops” is a game mode based on basketball, while “Rumble” adds offbeat power-ups to matches, like the ability to freeze the ball or to make other players lose control over their vehicles. The “Dropshot” mode features floor tiles that drop as the ball damages them over time. You also get to enjoy limited-time events, which coincide with real-world celebrations, like the Super Bowl. “Modes of May” introduced a different timed event for every weekend of the month.
Rocket Leagues has a single-player mode but is best enjoyed as a multiplayer game. You can go up the competitive ranks through online play. Online features include season games, which take into account wins and losses as a basis for player ranking. You also have to complete challenges and participate in competitive tournaments to climb up the competitive ranks.
Rocket League has in-game items that are mainly for cosmetic vehicle modifications. Complete challenges and win matches to get awarded these items in your Rocket League inventory or earn currency to purchase them. This game has a lot of vehicle mods, making for nearly endless customization possibilities.
The game went free-to-play in late 2020. This version allows players to enjoy cross-platform progression, which syncs cosmetic items and competitive ranks across all platforms the game is on. It also features new competitive tournaments, challenges, and rewards. Players who had purchased the game before the free-to-play transition were awarded in-game items and special token status.
Psyonix also introduced the “Rocket Pass” feature, which allows you to complete challenges unique to the battle pass system. It’s available to all players but those wanting to boost their Rocket Pass tier and experience can pay for premium passes as well as bundles. Rocket Pass gives access to even more in-game items for customization. The game’s cross-platform progression share also carries over Rocket Pass progress.
Psyonix’s masterful concoction of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem is loads of fun to play and watch, making it an excellent title to live stream. If you’re considering Rocket League as your first live-stream game but don’t know the first thing about broadcasting gameplay then look no further. Our guide will get you through the basics. Let’s get started.
How to Live Stream Rocket League
This guide assumes you are starting from scratch as a live-streamer. For that reason, we’ve included several pre-streaming steps that would help get you on your way to setting up a basic live stream.
YouTube Account Verification for Live Streaming
First-time YouTube live-streamers must verify their account first. This applies to Windows and console streaming. There’s a separate set of requirements for live-streaming from the YouTube app. Follow the steps below to access YouTube Studio.
- Log in to your YouTube account and, on the homepage, click the Create (camera) icon in the upper right corner.
- On the drop-down menu, select “Go live”.
- Verify your account through a working phone number.
- Wait out the required full-day (24 hours) waiting period.
- Check if you’re allowed to stream by clicking “Go live” again. If you can access YouTube Studio, then you’re good.
How To Live Stream Rocket League on Twitch from Your Xbox One/ Series S/X
You’ll need a computer or the Twitch app installed on your mobile device to complete the linking process between your console and the streaming platform.
- Create a Twitch account preferably through the website on a computer browser so you can set up your profile properly.
- Turn on your Xbox One/ Series S/X.
- Go to your console’s settings, then Privacy, and set “Others can see if you’re online” to “Everybody”.
- Under “Game Content”, set “You can broadcast gameplay” to “Allow”.
- Set “You can share content made using Kinect or other cameras” to “Allow”.
- Xbox consoles allow USB webcams from other manufacturers.
- Download and install the Twitch Xbox app from the Microsoft Store on your console.
- Log in to your Twitch account through the console app. Authenticate your account through a computer or the Twitch mobile app.
- Run Rocket League.
- Run Twitch and go to “Broadcast”. Adjust the audio and video settings according to your preferences. Choose “Automatic” for the bitrate.
- Set the title and description for your live stream. Twitch should automatically detect the game you’re going to broadcast.
- You can set additional tags and customize go-live notifications on the Twitch website from a browser or the Twitch mobile app.
- Select “Start Streaming” to go live. You can start streaming before running a game.
- To stop streaming, press the Xbox button on the controller and go back to the Twitch app. Select “Stop Streaming/Broadcasting”.
Streaming Rocket League on Twitch or YouTube from PS4/PS5
Just like with the Xbox consoles, you can live stream Rocket League straight from your PS4 or PS5 to Twitch or YouTube through the consoles’ Twitch app. Don’t forget to go through the verification process to get live-streaming privileges on YouTube.
- Turn on your console.
- Go to the settings menu and then to “Sharing and Broadcasts”.
- Select “Link with Other Services” then choose YouTube.
- Sign in to your Twitch or YouTube account. Select the channel through which you want to stream if you’re using YouTube.
- Give PlayStation Network access to your Google or Twitch account to link it to your console.
- Go back to “Sharing and Broadcasts” in the settings main menu.
- Once there, go to “Broadcast Settings” then “Advanced Settings”.
- If you have an official PlayStation camera, check “Include Video from PlayStation Camera in Broadcast” to have a facecam in your live stream.
- Go to “Camera Video Settings”, and set up the appearance of your facecam. From here, you can set your facecam’s position, size, background, etc.
- Exit out then select “Audio Sharing Settings”, and set whether or not you want to share audio from your PlayStation’s microphone.
- Go back to “Advanced Settings” and set whether you want to have your YouTube chat displayed by checking or unchecking “Display Message to Spectator and Spectator’s Comments”.
- Exit out to your PlayStation’s main dashboard and start your game.
- Press the “Share” button on your controller.
- Select “Broadcast Gameplay”, then choose either Twitch or YouTube.
- You’ll have quick-action checkboxes for your facecam, mic audio, and chat. Check or uncheck these as you see fit.
- Title your stream and add a description.
- For the quality, we recommend “720p - Standard”.
- Choose “720p - High” if your internet connection can sustain upload speeds of at least 5 Mbps. You’ll be streaming at a 60fps frame rate in this mode.
- Hit “Start Broadcasting” to go live on whatever platform you chose.
- To stop live streaming, press the “Share” button again, then “Broadcast Settings”. Select “Stop Broadcasting”.
Live-streaming Rocket League From Xbox One/ Series S/X to YouTube
As of now, Xbox consoles can’t live-stream to YouTube directly. You’d need a computer, streaming software, and a few additional hardware. We’ll use OBS Studio for this guide. You’ll need the following items:
- A capture card
- An HDMI cable
- A USB cable if your capture card doesn’t come with one
Follow these steps:
- Connect the console’s HDMI out to the capture card’s HDMI in.
- Connect the capture card’s HDMI out to your TV or monitor using a second cable.
- Link the capture card to your computer via USB.
- Use a USB 3.0 port or later on your computer or you might get an unstable signal or it might not come through at all.
- Turn on your PC. If the capture card doesn’t install its driver automatically, download it from the manufacturer’s website and install it. Always make sure you have the latest driver for your device.
- Download and install OBS Studio.
- Give OBS administrator access.
- Run OBS and cancel the “Auto-Configuration Wizard”. Go to “Settings”.
- In “Videos”, set both “Base” and “Output” resolutions to 1080p. Click “Apply” then “OK”.
- Go to “Output” and select “Advanced” under “Output Mode”.
On the “Streaming” tab, select your dedicated GPU (Nvidia, AMD) for the encoder.
- Set the bitrate from 4500 to 9000 for 1080p/60fps.
Turn on your console and monitor. The capture card should now split audio and video signals from the console to the computer and monitor/TV.
In OBS, label the auto-added scene by right-clicking and selecting “Rename”. Rename scenes to something appropriate for their purpose.
On the “Sources” panel, add a video source by clicking the “+” sign or right-clicking, then “Add”. Select “Video Capture Device”. The capture card should show up in the “Device” list on the “Properties” window if installed properly. Select your capture card as a source then click “OK”.
Your Xbox One’s display should show up on the preview screen. If it doesn’t, close OBS and move the USB cable to another USB 3.0 port on your computer. Restart OBS.
If you’re using a webcam, in the “Sources” panel again, add another “Video Capture Device” source and select your webcam.
Resize and crop your webcam by clicking and dragging the red border. Hold down the ‘alt’ key to crop. Drag your camera to wherever you want it on your scene’s layout.
OBS should detect your microphone automatically if you have one installed. You’ll find its controls on the “Audio Mixer” panel next to “Sources”. You can also add your mic manually by going to “Settings”, then “Audio”. Select your microphone from “Mic/Auxiliary Audio”.
- Rocket League does not support voice chat currently.
Set your audio levels.
Go to YouTube Studio and choose to either immediately start or schedule a stream.
Set up your broadcast settings, description, tag, etc. Categorize it as “Gaming”. Copy the stream key.
Go back to OBS and into “Settings”. On the “Stream” tab, select “YouTube - RTMPS” from “Service”. Then paste the steam key. Click “Apply” then “OK”.
Confirm your video layout and audio settings, then ready the game on your Xbox One.
Click “Start Streaming.” Hit “Start Recording” if you want a copy of your broadcast saved on your computer storage.
Go back to your YouTube Studio’s dashboard and click “Go live” to begin your live stream.
How To Live Stream Rocket League on Facebook Live
As on YouTube, you can’t stream on Facebook Live straight from Xbox and PlayStation consoles. To do this, you simply need to follow the set of instructions above but choose Facebook from the “Service” choices in OBS’s “Stream” settings this time. You’ll need your Facebook Live stream key. Here’s how to get your unique Facebook Live stream key.
- With “Facebook Live” selected from “Service”, click “Get Stream Key”. OBS will redirect you to Live Producer if you’re logged in to your account on a browser.
- Access Live Producer through your Facebook homepage by clicking on “Live video” at the top of your feed. It’s the red camera icon.
- Select whether to stream at once or schedule a broadcast.
- Select “Use stream key” from the “Get started” options.
- In the “Setup options” box, enable “Use a persistent stream key”.
- Set whether or not you want Facebook to save a copy of your stream on your profile.
- Options in “Settings” are up to your personal preference.
- Title your stream, give it a description, and set your live stream’s visibility.
- Choose where you want to post your stream.
- Copy your stream key.
- Go to OBS’s “Settings” then “Stream”. Choose Facebook from the choices in “Service”. Paste the stream key. Click “Apply” then “Ok”.
- Fire up your game.
- Click “Start Streaming” on OBS’s “Control” box.
- Go to Live Producer and wait for the signal from OBS to come through.
- When you’re ready to start streaming, click “Go live” on the bottom of the left side panel in Live Producer.
You’re limited to streaming in 720p on the platform unless you’re part of Facebook’s Level Up program. There are a few streaming milestones you have to check off your list to be considered for the program.
- Convert your personal profile to a Gaming Video Creator page.
- Amass at least 100 followers.
- You need to have streamed for at least two days and a total of four hours within 14 consecutive days.
Your page will be up for review and Facebook may invite you to join the program. You’ll be able to broadcast in full HD and have access to Facebook’s monetization features.
Getting Your Twitch Stream Key
Select “Twitch” from “Service” in OBS’s streaming options and paste your Twitch stream key. Get your stream key by doing the following:
- Log in to your Twitch account on a browser.
- On your home page, click on your profile icon and select “Settings”.
- Click on the “Channel and Video” tab.
- Select and expand “Settings” from the left sidebar then select “Stream”.
- Copy your Primary Stream Key.
- Paste in on OBS with Twitch selected as your platform.
How To Live Stream Rocket League from Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch version of Rocket League has got a huge graphical downgrade due to hardware limitations. But all the bits and pieces of the game are there nonetheless. The handheld console doesn’t feature any live-streaming functionalities.
Broadcasting your Rocket League game from a Switch means you’ll need a dedicated streaming computer. Connect your Switch dock to your PC using the capture card method above. Remember that, like with consoles, you’ll be sharing your Switch’s entire screen. So be wary about displaying private stuff on your handheld.
Rocket League Enhanced Support for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S
Rocket League was released for last-gen consoles originally. But Psyonix has enabled enhanced visual support for current-generation consoles. You can play the game in 4K/60fps with high-dynamic-range (HDR) enabled. You can bump the framerate up to 120, but this will disable HDR automatically. Set this up through your console’s video output settings. Resolutions and framerates are dependent on your display.
Upon release, Rocket League came out on macOS and Linux but Psyonix stopped providing support for these versions in 2020.
Live-streaming Rocket League From PC
Rocket League isn’t graphically demanding as far as full-sized consoles and PC rigs are concerned. But it is a fast-paced game with lots of particle effects that can burn out framerates if your setup isn’t up to the task. Here are the minimum system requirements for running Rocket League:
- CPU: 2.5 GHz Dual-core
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 760, AMD Radeon R7 270X, or better
- RAM: 4GB
- Disk Space: 20GB
- Internet Connection: Yes, for online play
The devs recommend these specifications to get the most out of the game:
- CPU: 3.0+ GHz Quad-core
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, AMD Radeon RX 470, or better
- RAM: 8GB
- Disk Space: 20GB
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, or 10 with the latest service pack; DirectX11
- Internet Connection: Yes, for online play
You can live stream Rocket League using our Xbox consoles to YouTube guide above. Here are the differences.
- You don’t need a capture card. Instead of “Video Capture Device” as the video source for your game, choose “Game Capture”. Make sure that Rocket League is already running.
- For the “Mode”, you can either choose “Capture any fullscreen application” or “Capture specific window” and select Rocket League from the “Window” dropdown that will appear.
- You should also set the appropriate bitrate for your platform of choice. Note the sustained upload speed requirement from your internet connection.
- YouTube - from 4500 to 9000 for 1080p/60fps (6 Mbps to 11 Mbps upload speed)
- Twitch - between 3500 to 5000 kbps for 1080p/60fps (6 Mbps upload speed)
- Facebook Live - 4000 kbps (6 Mbps upload speed)
- PC users have more room to play around when it comes to resolutions and bitrates for live-streaming. Much of what you can do for a smooth broadcast revolves around how fast your internet connection upload speed is. YouTube supports live-streaming in 4K/60fps. Put 90000 down as your bitrate on OBS. Yes, that’s four zeroes. Your internet also needs to sustain an upload speed of 90Mbps steadily. That’s a lot of juice. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it.
Recommended Rocket League PC and Consoles Video Settings
Rocket League’s art style doesn’t exactly scream high graphical fidelity. What can eat up GPU resources is the rapid-fire action that happens on-screen. To minimize lag and frame drops, we recommend the following video settings for both the PC and console versions of the game.
- Resolution: Native
- Stick to what your display can handle to avoid stuttering.
- Window Mode: Fullscreen
- Many users report that “Borderless” mode comes with significant input lag. Go for “Fullscreen” as much as possible.
- Vertical Sync: Off
- Unless you get a lot of screen-tearing, keep this to “Off” as VSync on Rocket League is known to cause input lag.
- Anti Aliasing: FXAA Low or High
- Go for “High” if you have a high-end PC or current-gen console. “Low” if you’re dropping frames.
- Render Quality: High Quality
- Even on “High Quality” you’re not likely to get performance issues.
- Render Detail: Custom
- Max FPS: Uncapped
- You’d want to squeeze every last frame you can to get smoother video captures.
- Texture Detail: High Quality
- The same with Render Quality, Rocket League isn’t too graphically advanced for maxing out the textures to cause any significant dips in performance.
- World Detail: Performance
- This tones down the environment graphics so resources go to gameplay mostly.
- Particle Detail: Performance
- Particle effects are known for sending framerate down the drain. This setting will balance things out.
- Effect Intensity: Low Intensity
- This tones down distracting light effects and saves on resources.
- High Quality Shaders: On
- “On” and “Off” with shaders are night and day in this game. You’ll see a dramatic downgrade in graphics quality if you opt to turn it off. If you get issues on “On”, bring down other settings before finally giving up on shaders.
- Ambient Occlusion: Off
- Shadows don’t matter a lot in a Rocket League game. Turn this off and get more frames.
- Depth of Field: Off
- You don’t need artsy, long-distance blurring. You’d want everything to be clear at any distance in the game.
- Bloom: On
- This depends on the arena/map. Some have more intricate neon lighting than others. You may want to turn this off if the environmental lighting gets a bit too dense.
- Light Shaft: Off
- God rays from various sources can distract you as well as eat up tons of resources.
- Lens Flare: Off
- The same with Light Shaft, lens flare doesn’t add much to your gaming experience.
- Motion Blur: Off
- Motion blur in Rocket League, by and large, makes it harder for you to see what’s happening on screen.
- Weather Effects: Off
- Leave this on if you have a powerful enough system. Otherwise, you can do without the resource-hog weather effects.
The success of Rocket League lies in its simplicity. It’s a hybrid of arcade-style soccer and car-based chaos, and that’s pretty much it. It doesn’t have a divisive or convoluted plot. It dispenses with console or PC supremacy by allowing cross-platform play. It’s for everyone. And that’s why a lot of people still watch it on live streams.
It’s easy to forget your viewers amid all the breakneck pace, excitement, and explosive madness. Remember to maintain a high level of engagement during your broadcasts if you can. Talk to your audience between matches and provide fun and insightful commentary during games.
As mentioned, Rocket League is an excellent multiplayer title and one of the most critically acclaimed sports games to come out in a while that’s not FIFA. It’s best experienced with other people. You should take advantage of Rocket League’s free-to-play model by inviting your top fans to play with you. It will show that you value your viewers and boost engagement along the way.