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OBS vs. StreamLabs: what streaming software should you use?

Which one is better: OBS or StreamLabs OBS? Let’s compare.

OBS vs. StreamLabs: what streaming software should you use?

When it comes to streaming software, there are two popular options: OBS and StreamLabs OBS. Which one is better? Let’s compare the two. 

Why do you need streaming software?

If you want your stream to look and sound professional, you’ll need streaming software. You can *technically* stream without any software installed, but it will seriously limit your options and control. With software such as OBS or StreamLabs, you can connect different video and audio sources, and make sure they are all properly encoded and mixed. You can create visually appealing scenes that you can switch between easily, with nice overlays and smooth transitions, and you can test it before you go live. Plus, there are lots of features and integrations available that can make your stream more engaging. A professional streamer really can’t do without.


OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is open source, gets updated regularly and has a smaller memory footprint than StreamLabs, which means it uses less of your computer’s resources while streaming. This makes it the go-to software for people who lag while gaming or who may have less powerful systems than the top streamers. OBS Studio also has a simpler interface, which you may prefer if you prefer a more straightforward setup. Because it’s open source, it is completely free to use and has a strong community behind it.

StreamLabs OBS

StreamLabs OBS (or SLOBS) offers a more streamlined user experience but is less customizable and uses a lot more of your computer’s resources, making it more probable for your stream to start lagging. And while the software itself is free, Streamlabs OBS promotes its premium features through a subscription that unlocks additional benefits like access to premium overlays, widgets and other features that may be useful to it.

The verdict

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and your specific streaming requirements. If you're new to streaming or prefer a more streamlined experience, Streamlabs OBS might be a good fit. If you value customization and have more technical expertise, OBS Studio provides a wider range of options. It's worth trying both and seeing which one aligns better with your needs and workflow. We recommend OBS to streamers, because it’s lighter and therefore less likely to make your stream lag, but the final decision is up to you, of course.

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