Twitch recommends different bitrate settings based on your chosen resolution and framerate (frames per second, or fps). The most common resolution options on Twitch are 1080p and 720p, at 60 fps or 30 fps.

Bitrate requirements on Twitch:

  • 1080p @ 60 fps: 6000 kbps
  • 1080p @ 30 fps: 4500 kbps
  • 720p @ 60 fps: 4500 kbps
  • 720p @ 30 fps: 3000 kbps

Each of the above settings requires a keyframe interval of two seconds as well.

Note that Twitch doesn’t support 4K streaming. When it comes to choosing your stream settings, it’s always better to prefer a steady stream over a high-quality picture. If your internet connection can’t handle 1080p @ 60 fps and it risks interrupting your stream, bump it down to 720p.

👉 Pro tip:

If you want to game and stream at the same time from your computer, you’ll need a more powerful computer. A GPU with an encoder typically ensures better performance than x264 encoding with your CPU.