Destiny 2 doesn’t deviate much from its predecessor, with some critics calling it “Destiny 1.5” at launch in 2017 due to how similar it was from the first game. Despite the comparisons to Destiny, the sequel garnered universal acclaim for its gameplay and improved story. Subsequent expansions and updates helped the title come into its own as a proper follow-up to the 2014 original.
The game became free-to-play (F2P) in 2019, marked by the release of the New Light version. During this time, Destiny 2 went into a sort of awkward phase where it leaned more toward hardcore e-sports mechanics to better compete with other online multiplayer first-person shooters, such as Call of Duty and Battlefield.
In late 2020, the Beyond Light expansion came out and brought with it changes that focused more on the RPG elements and a beefed-up story for the campaign. This was a welcome improvement, which brought back a lot of players and attracted new ones.
The sequel continues the plot of Destiny. You play as a Guardian tasked with protecting Earth from the darkness with the power of light. It’s like the Jedi versus the Sith but with more magic sci-fi space guns and demon hordes. There’s PvE and PvP, each with its own sets of modes. This means there are tons to do in Destiny 2.
Interest in the game from players and viewers alike is very high. If you’re thinking about what game to play on your next live stream then you can do much worse than this beloved title. In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to set up a Destiny 2 live stream on your PC using OBS Studio.
Destiny 2 System Requirements
Here are the minimum requirements for playing Destiny 2 on PC.
CPU: Intel Core i3, Intel Pentium G4560, or AMD X-4350
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660, GTX 1050, or AMD Radeon HD 7850
Disk Space: 104GB
OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10
The recommended PC specifications are as follows:
CPU: Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen R5
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, GTX 1060, or AMD R9 390
Disk Space: 104GB
OS: Windows 10
How to Live Stream Destiny 2 on PC
Our broadcasting software of choice for this guide is OBS Studio. It’s free and has a very active community of users and developers.
We’ll use OBS to link your Destiny 2 game capture to the three major streaming platforms: YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook Live.
Setting up OBS Studio for the First Time
- Download and install OBS Studio.
- Allow OBS administrator access to your PC.
- 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”, then “Output Mode”, and select “Advanced”.
- On the “Streaming” tab, select your GPU (Nvidia or AMD). It’s better to use your dedicated graphics card when live-streaming to not over-burden your CPU. Here are the recommended bitrates and the sustained upload speed for each platform:
- 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 - 4000 kbps (6 Mbps upload speed)
- Click “Apply” then “OK”. You will be sent to OBS’s main interface.
Creating Basic Scene Layouts and Setting Up Audio on OBS
Here’s how to set up a basic main scene, which includes your gameplay and facecam feed, an intermission scene, and your sound sources on OBS Studio.
- There will always be one pre-loaded item in the “Scene” box on OBS’s main dashboard. Rename it as you see fit by right-clicking and selecting “Rename”.
- Run Destiny 2 on your computer in fullscreen or windowed fullscreen mode.
- On the “Sources” box beside “Scenes”, add your gameplay video feed by clicking the “+” sign. You can also right-click then “Add”. Select “Game Capture”.
- In properties, select “Capture any fullscreen application” from “Mode” then “OK”.
- OBS should detect the game as a fullscreen program. You should see it in the preview box.
- If “Capture any fullscreen application” doesn’t work, double-click “Game Capture” on the “Sources” panel. From “Mode,” select “Capture specific window”. Select Destiny 2’s window from the “Window” dropdown. Then hit “OK”.
- If your video doesn’t take up the entire screen in the preview area, right-click on it, then go to “Transform”’, then select “Fit to Screen”.
- Connect a webcam to your computer. Add another video source within the same scene as your gameplay and select “Video Capture Device”. Choose “Create new” then “OK”. Select your webcam from the “Device” dropdown then “OK”. The webcam input will pop up in the preview box.
- Click on the camera feed on the layout and drag the red border to resize your webcam capture. Hold down the ‘alt’ key to crop.
- Click on the webcam display in the preview box and drag it to wherever you want it on your layout.
- Layer your facecam over the gameplay by selecting it on the “Source” box and then dragging it up so it comes before your game capture on the list.
- Hide and unhide sources by clicking on the eye icon next to their label.
- Add a placeholder or intermission scene by creating a new scene and using whatever display source you want.
- Your “Sources” choices are single images, image slideshow, media files (audio and video), and even a web browser.
- Switch between scenes by clicking on them on the “Scenes” box.
- If you have a microphone connected to your machine, OBS should detect it automatically. The controls will appear on the “Audio Mixer” panel where you can control the volume or even mute each audio source.
- Add your mic manually by going to “Settings”, then “Audio”. Select your microphone from “Mic/Auxiliary Audio”. You can have more than one active microphone.
- Game audio is bundled with your entire desktop’s sounds. It’s not isolated by default.
- Adjust the volume from the game’s audio controls.
- Disabling Windows’ system sounds is recommended while live-streaming.
- Set your audio levels/volume.
Save for the varying bitrates, which depend on the platform, these are your universal OBS settings. Let’s move on to the platform-specific steps.
Live-streaming Destiny 2 to Twitch
We’ll use a method that’ll link your Twitch account to OBS Studio, which allows you to use several of the platform’s functionalities right on the streaming application.
- Go to “Settings” in OBS then to the “Stream” side tab.
- Select Twitch from “Service” then click “Connect Account”.
- Put in your Twitch credentials when prompted. This will automatically input your Twitch account’s unique stream key on OBS.
- Click “Apply” then “OK”.
- Twitch docks will pop up on OBS’s main dashboard. You can either close them or reposition them anywhere on the interface. These docks allow you to use the following Twitch features through OBS.
- Twitch chat
- Stream statistics monitoring
- Setting up the stream title and description
- Hide or show docks by going to “View” on OBS’s main menu bar, and then “Docks”.
- Prepare your game.
- Once you’re ready, click “Start Streaming” to start sending your Destiny 2 OBS feed to Twitch. It should go live on the platform after a few seconds.
- Click “Start Recording” if you want a copy of your broadcast saved on your computer.
- Click “Stop Streaming” on OBS when you’re finished.
Streaming Destiny 2 on YouTube
The latest version of OBS allows you to connect your YouTube account to the software. OBS will remember your stream key so you don’t have to key it in every time. There are also YouTube functionalities available right on OBS but they’re not as extensive as Twitch’s.
- Log in to your YouTube account and, on the homepage, click the camera icon in the upper right corner.
- On the drop-down menu, select “Go live”.
- If it’s your first time live-streaming on YouTube, you’ll be asked to verify your account through a working phone number. You’ll also have to wait a full day (24 hours) before you can start broadcasting anything on the platform.
- Once you’re done with the verification process, click “Go live” again to access your YouTube Studio dashboard.
- Click on “Edit” to set your stream parameters. Set your stream title, description, visibility, and so on.
- Set the category to “Gaming”.
- Copy your stream key.
- On OBS, go to “Settings”. On the “Stream” tab, select “YouTube - RTMPS” from “Service”. Then paste the stream key. Leave Check the box for “Ignore streaming setting recommendation” Click “Yes” on the warning pop-up. Hit “Apply” then “OK”.
- Prepare your Destiny 2 game.
- Click “Start Streaming” on OBS when you’re ready. Click “Start Recording” if you want to save your stream on your computer hard drive.
- If you choose to connect your YouTube account to OBS, you will be prompted to grant the program access to your Google account through an external web browser. Give the requisite permissions.
- Clicking “Start Streaming” on OBS will bring up a window that will allow you to create a new stream or start a scheduled stream. This is one of the YouTube features that you can use on OBS. The stream options here aren’t quite as comprehensive as in YouTube Studio.
- You can also access your YouTube chat as a dock on OBS.
- Go to “View” on OBS’s main menu bar, and then “Docks” to display or hide docks.
- Go back to YouTube Studio and check if OBS has started sending the feed. Click “Go live” when it starts coming through to begin your live stream.
- Click “End Stream” on YouTube to stop broadcasting. Stop your stream on OBS as well.
How to Live Stream Destiny 2 to Facebook Live
OBS currently doesn’t give you the option to link it to your Facebook account. You will have to paste your stream key every time you broadcast.
Facebook limits regular accounts that aren’t in Facebook’s Level Up program to 720p. To join, you must convert your profile into a Gaming Video Creator page and then reach certain streaming milestones. This will allow you to stream in full HD as well as access to other perks.
The following steps apply to both regular Facebook Live and Video Creator streams.
- Go to OBS’s settings, then “Stream”. Select “Facebook Live” from “Service”.
- You’ll get a notification saying you’re limited to streaming at a 720p resolution. Click “Yes”.
- Leave “Ignore streaming service setting recommendations.” unchecked.
- Click “Get Stream Key”. OBS will redirect you to your Facebook Live Producer if you’re logged in to your account on a browser. Live Producer is Facebook’s streaming studio.
- You can also access Live Producer through your Facebook homepage. Click on “Live video” at the top of your feed. It’s the red sideways camera icon.
- Choose whether to stream immediately 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. But be aware of the following:
- You can’t delete archived streams.
- Facebook will stop recording your broadcast whenever there are dips in your internet connection and resume when it becomes stable again. You may end up having multiple video files from one live stream archived 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 (your timeline, group, page, and so on.).
- Copy your stream key.
- Go to OBS’s “Settings” then “Stream”. Choose Facebook from the choices in “Services”. Paste the stream key. Click “Apply” then “Ok”.
- Set Destiny 2 game up to the point where you want to start streaming it.
- Click “Start Streaming” on OBS’s dashboard. Click “Start Recording” if you want to.
- Go to Live Producer and wait for the s signal from OBS should come through.
- When you’re ready to start streaming, click “Go live” on the bottom of the left side panel in Live Producer.
Destiny 2 Best PC Settings
The release of the Beyond Light expansion led to many PC players experiencing performance issues regardless of hardware. Even high-end rigs weren’t spared from these technical problems.
Here are a few tips and tricks that can make your Destiny 2 streaming experience smooth and hitch-free.
- Open Game Mode Settings on Windows by searching for it on your taskbar. Turn Game Mode on. This will suspend Windows updates and notifications when a game is running. While you’re there, go to Xbox Game Bar on the side panel and turn it off. Doing these will stop unnecessary background Windows processes that can affect how Destiny 2 runs.
- In Destiny 2’s Video settings, we recommend the following settings:
- Window Mode - Fullscreen or Windowed Fullscreen
- Resolution - 1920 x 1080
- Vsync - Off
- Frame Cap Enabled - On
- Framerate Cap - Default Value
- Field of View - 100
- The higher the FOV, the more of the game you can see. This can push both your CPU and GPU hard, resulting in poor performance.
- Anti-Aliasing, Screen Space Ambient Occlusion, Texture Anisotropy - Off
- These settings are for improving overall visual fidelity. Destiny 2 is a very fast-paced game. You probably won’t have the time to appreciate high-end graphics.
- Texture Quality - High
- Shadow Quality - Low
- Depth of Field - Off
- Environment Detail Distance - Medium
- Character Detail Distance - Low to Medium
- Foliage Detail Distance - Low
- Foliage Shadow Distance - Low
- Light Shafts (god rays) - Medium
- Motion Blur - Off
- Wind Impulse - Off
- This affects how in-game objects react to wind strength and direction. You don’t really need this.
- Render Resolution - at least 90%
- Chromatic Aberration - Off
- This is for realistic lighting. It makes everything look more true-to-life but is a major resource drain.
- Film Grain
- It’s just a distracting filter. You’re a gaming live-streamer and not a film student.
These suggestions are meant to free up GPU memory and lighten the load on your CPU for a stable frame rate without turning your rig into a space heater. This also leaves much-needed resources for your streaming software, which also uses both your CPU and graphics card.
Why Is the Destiny Series So Popular?
The Destiny games aren’t just your usual MMORPG. They also qualify as “looter shooters”. They encourage extensive grinding for rewards, which may include gear, upgrades, in-game currency, etc. And Destiny 2 definitely shells out the loot. This mechanic is extremely satisfying and compels gamers to play through loops of the game over and over again until they get the reward that they want.
Destiny 2 was developed by Bungie, the studio that created the Halo games. The developers made it a point not to make grinding a chore by incorporating great gameplay into the mix and adding to the lord constantly.
From a content creator’s standpoint, streaming Destiny 2 means treating audiences to a frantic and exciting show with amazing gunplay and attention-grabbing visuals. These are a few of what viewers who enjoy fast-moving games look for. Additionally, co-op PvE and PvP allow squads of up to six players, depending on the game mode. You have a lot of room for collaboration with other streamers, which may lead to substantial growth for your channel and brand.