OBS on Steam makes it easy to update

Note is now available at Steam for free, of course. The streaming and video capture software that powers most of the gaming content on Twitch and YouTube can sit right alongside all your other games and apps on Valve’s platform. It works just like the standalone version and will feature automatic versus manual updates.

For people who don’t want to worry about being reminded about a new update, OBS on Steam is a convenient release, but the automatic nature of Steam updates can be risky for people who use it for their work. The last thing you want is to be minutes before going live and have OBS do something fun with your streaming setup. OBS is pretty stable as far as open source programs are concerned, so it’s probably not an issue.

The Steam version of OBS seems to load all your settings if you already have the standalone version installed on your PC, but the developer said in a Common questions it will not have cloud saves.

“We are working on building better ways to export/import and backup your OBS data regardless of platform,” the developer wrote.

Everything else works as in the normal version. You can install plugins in the same way and you can opt for beta or night versions via the ‘betas’ option in the game’s right-click menu. Steam doesn’t have a limitation on how many games you can run, so you can launch OBS and then a game to catch it as you would the other version of the software. Unfortunately, because it’s free, there are no trading cards available.

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