Destiny 2 PC: Important Information About OBS & Discord

Destiny 2

One thing that differs from console to PC is the ability to capture high quality gameplay and stream. If you’re on console, you can either stream directly from the console which gives less than ideal results or you can pick up a capture card. Provided your PC is up to the task, you can just download a program like OBS and stream directly from your PC, free of charge.

Bungie detailed what will be allowed and now allowed with Destiny 2 in an effort to stop cheaters. This information is important because it may impact your ability to stream on Twitch or capture gameplay. If you’re like most streamers out there, you probably use the Game Capture mode on OBS, if that’s the program you use. With Destiny 2, you won’t be able to use that mode anymore and you’ll have to switch to something else.

Here’s what Bungie wrote about the situation:

OBS and XSplit

The Game Capture mode of applications such as OBS and XSplit is not supported. The following methods are supported for capturing video of Destiny 2 on PC:

  • To capture while playing in Exclusive Fullscreen:
    • Hardware capture through methods such as ElgatoAVerMedia, or a dedicated streaming PC is supported.
    • NVIDIA Shadowplay and AMD ReLive are supported.
  • To capture while playing in Windowed Mode (including Borderless Fullscreen):
    • OBS and XSplit Screen Capture mode is supported.
    • OBS and XSplit Window Capture mode is supported.

PLEASE NOTE: Other recording applications, such as DxtoryRazer CortexFraps have similar restrictions to those outlined above.

If you play in Borderless Fullscreen or Windowed Mode, you won’t have to change any features. However, if you’re a strictly Fullscreen player, you’ll have to either switch your capture method to Screen or Window Capture or resort to using an Elgato or similar capturing device.

For players out there who use Discord, the in-game overlay will not work with Destiny 2 either. This means you’ll miss out on features like a way to tell who’s talking and notifications. It’s not a huge deal but it does come as bit of a disappointment.

Here’s the entirety of what Bungie wrote about screen overlays:

Voice Communications

“Who’s talking” and visual notification features, such as those provided by Discord or Mumble, are not compatible with Destiny 2. Notification features may still be provided through the third-party application.

Hardware Monitoring

Framerate and statistics overlays, such as those provided by EVGA Precision XOCMSi Afterburner, and Fraps, are not compatible with Destiny 2.

A lot can change between now and the release on October 24, but this is where we stand today. Since the game is releasing on and not Steam, players don’t have a good way to keep track of their framerate. Fraps is a popular program to do that and it’s disappointing to see that program being not compatible with Destiny 2.

Of course, all of these features are just bonuses on top of Destiny 2 on PC. The real prize here is being able to play the game on PC and that’s what Bungie is delivering. While we’d like to see these programs be allowed to work with the game, we’d rather have a cheater-free environment over the programs any day.

Destiny 2 launches on PC October 24.