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Don’t play games alone. Even if you are a hermit and hate having people over to your home, you can still play even single-player titles with friends by streaming your gameplay online.

Now, XSplit, a streaming-software company, wants to make the process of beaming your games to the Internet even easier with its new Gamecaster product. Gamecaster is a background app that people can activate with the push of a few keyboard buttons while playing PC titles like Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, DayZ, or just about anything else.

By hitting Ctrl-Tab while in a game, the Gamecaster overlay comes up and enables players to quickly start sharing a live video feed of what they are playing on streaming sites like Twitch. The program requires very little set up and is invisible when you don’t want it.

Gamecaster is due out Feb. 18 for XSplit license holders. XSplit sells licenses for its current, more fleshed out (but also more complex) software that will carry over and apply to Gamecaster. The company is also planning to release a free version of the new app later this year.


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We gave Gamecaster a try and found it easy to use. Check it out in the video below:

XSplit competes with free programs like Open Broadcast Software and Raptr, but its offerings feature support for more games and products. For example, OBS doesn’t play well with some of the capture cards that people use to record gameplay from consoles. Raptr, on the other hand, only works with games it recognizes. I couldn’t stream Microsoft’s Solitaire with Raptr, but Xsplit’s Gamecaster had no issues with that.

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