Good news, vloggers: You can finally go live on Facebook from your computer starting today. The social networking giant confirmed Wednesday that all desktop users can now broadcast through Facebook Live which was previously mobile-exclusive. The launch of Facebook Live on PC comes over a year after the company rolled out the feature to mobile devices.
“While it’s been possible for people to go live to Facebook from mobile devices since last year, desktop or laptop computers provide a stable camera setup that can be beneficial to many types of Facebook Live broadcasts from Q&As to vlogs to tutorials to any broadcast from someone who isn’t on the move,” the company announced through a blog post.
To fire up a live Stream from a PC, you only have to click the red Live Video button. This can be found at the top of your newsfeed, and you’re good to go.
Facebook Live on PC: Seamless Streaming
Meanwhile, Facebook also added new features that make it easy for people to incorporate a streaming software or external hardware when going live from a desktop or laptop. We can recall that this functionality was only available to Pages before. But Facebook is now expanding this to profiles, thanks to the feedback from the community.
According to Facebook, “people can seamlessly share their screens, insert graphics, switch cameras, or use professional equipment in Facebook Live videos” with the latest update. They can also opt to broadcast to “Facebook Groups they belong to, Facebook Events they’re part of or Facebook Pages they manage.”
Those who are fond of giving their followers tutorials or how-to guides can now insert on-screen graphics, titles, and overlays. Artists can now go live and switch seamlessly between cameras as they narrate the process.
Facebook Live on PC: What It Means For Gamers
For gamers, this could be useful in trying to make their broadcast more interesting and interactive. They can go live while playing their favorite game, and add a camera to their broadcast so people can see their reactions to key game moments.
The new Facebook Live feature now puts the company more closely in competition with Twitch. The popular gaming streaming platform also offers live streaming through PC, mobile, and consoles. The only difference between the two is that Twitch users can monetize their efforts, although Engadget reports Facebook is already working on that too.
Whether or not the new features will cause Twitch to quake in its boots remains to be seen. Regardless, the social media giant says their goal is to make Facebook Live as enjoyable and interactive as possible. It hopes the updates “will make it easier for people to connect, hang out, and share with friends and public audiences.”