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How to stream Switch in Discord?

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Discord is undeniably one of the most popular VoIP programs in the world right now. One of the leading factors of its popularity is the program’s ease of use. It’s extremely easy to start and can be used on any platform. 

In this article, we’re talking about how you can stream your Nintendo Switch on a Discord channel. 

What do you need to stream a Switch to Discord?

Since Nintendo’s platforms aren’t officially supported by Discord or vice-versa, unfortunately, streaming your Switch’s display to Discord isn’t going to be easy. 

Since most PCs and laptops don’t feature HDMI input ports either, you’ll need a capture card that can capture the outgoing HDMI signals from the Switch’s Dock to your computer running Discord, where you can stream it to your server of choice. 

You’ll also require software to process and show the capture card’s output on your PC. We recommend using either VLC or OBS, as both are free and relatively easy. 

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Streaming Switch to Discord

Once you have everything you need, follow these steps to Stream your Nintendo Switch to Discord.

Preparing the Switch

You first need to hook up the Switch to its dock and run the HDMI output from the dock to the input on your capture card. Once that connection is made, connect your capture card to your PC or laptop using the provided USB cable, and you should be good to go on the hardware side of things. 

Ensure that the Switch and your capture card are properly connected and powered on before proceeding. 

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Getting a Stream going

Next, we need to capture the output from the video card and bring it into VLC. If you haven’t downloaded VLC yet, you can get it from their official website here

Once you’re ready, follow these steps.

Step 1: Open VLC and click Media, followed by Open Capture Device. 

How to stream Switch in Discord?

Step 2: Ensure that the Capture mode is set to DirectShow and that your video and audio devices are set to Default or the name of your capture card. 

How to stream Switch in Discord?

Step 3: Check the Show more options box and copy-paste the following code.

C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe” dshow:// :dshow-vdev=”Game Capture HD60 S (Video) (#01)” :dshow-adev=”Game Capture HD60 S (Audio) (#01)” :dshow-aspect-ratio=”16:9″ :dshow-audio-samplerate=48000 :dshow-audio-channels=2 :live-caching=0 :dshow-fps=60
How to stream Switch in Discord?

Step 4: Finally, click Play and you should see your Switch’s screen being streamed within VLC.

How to stream Switch in Discord?
In case the aforementioned method doesn't work you, you can check out this guide on how to connect your Switch to your laptop. 

Streaming on Discord

At this point, you have everything you need to get started with streaming your Switch on Discord. Head to Discord, open your favourite channel and start streaming your screen. 

Check out our detailed guide on how to stream your screen on Discord here.

Also read: Nintendo Switch dock not working: 6 Fixes


Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: