How to Fix Low Bitrate in Facebook Gaming

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If you’re wondering How to Fix Low Bitrate issues in Facebook Gaming I might just have the answer for you!

I recently ran into an issue when I took another look at Facebook Gaming as an alternative to Twitch, Mixer and YouTube gaming that meant regardless of what I did, the connection was terrible and unwatchable.

Firslty, let’s get into my Video settings:

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I want a nice crisp 1080p stream running at 60fps – utilising the Bicubic filter.

Then I set my Output settings as follows:

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I’m making use of the RTX NVENC encoder built into my MSI GTX 1650 Super running at a bitrate of 12570 which is the magic number for a 0.1 bpp encode including 128kbps audio.

So far so good?  Well no, not really.  This is what I saw in the Facebook Gaming preview window:

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Clearly something was wrong, I was seeing a fraction of the frames I was sending, the bitrate was way too low and even the audio wasn’t getting through properly.

Let’s take a look at what I could see in OBS:

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The bitrate was struggling and looked like it was down to a Network issue – in fact 64% of all frames were getting dropped.

I knew my streaming PC was fine and that my network was stable as I quickly ran a test stream to Twitch which was working properly.

I then took a look at the OBS Advanced Settings and spotted this:

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These are settings I’ve used successfully with Twitch and Mixer but wondered if they were somehow causing issues with Facebook Gaming, so I changed them to this:

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I then restarted the stream and was very pleased with the results I got.  Here is the Facebook Gaming preview window, working properly now:

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And unsurprisingly, OBS confirmed that things were now running properly:

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The result was a buttery smooth 1080p60 stream running at about 12.7mbs with silky audio at 128kps (which is more than I can say for the game I was making a mess of at the time!).

There is clearly something with either the New OBS Network Code or the Low Latency setting that Facebook Gaming doesn’t like – either way, the stream is now performing exactly how it should be.

Hopefully this has been useful, if not leave me a comment and I’ll do what I can to help.

Thanks for reading!

Author: BigGeek

Wayne is a self-proclaimed geek, IT Professional, father of two and husband who's still much closer to 40 than 50. When he's not busy in an otherwise hectic life he takes time to blog on all things that warrant an online opinion. Founded in 2012, ePINIONATED has been a guilty pleasure for Wayne, giving him an online voice in a very noisy Interweb – some of which might even be useful, maybe.

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