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Widely used streaming app OBS has been upgraded for Apple Silicon

The Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a very well-liked livestreaming program. In spite of OBS’s long history on macOS, the latest version is only compatible with Intel-based Macs. This, fortunately, will soon change.

Streamers utilize OBS Studio to capture and broadcast what’s on their screens, like video games, while also customizing the visuals that viewers see beyond just the game and their own faces. Although the Mac isn’t typically connected with gaming, it may be used to handle the video feed from a game console using the popular tool OBS, which is popular among streamers on Twitch.

Recent updates to OBS Studio have resulted in the introduction of a new version. With HDR 10-bit color support, a user interface framework built with Qt6, support for ScreenCaptureKit, and more, OBS Studio 28 is a major leap over prior versions. As a result of switching to a new framework, OBS Studio 28 will no longer function properly on some platforms. As of the release of version 1.1, it is incompatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, macOS 10.13 and 10.14, and Ubuntu 18.04. It also doesn’t work with 32-bit systems anymore.

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The software provides a wide range of features and is highly adaptable. While it is a potent tool in its own right, it also allows for the use of external plugins. In addition to Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Apple Mac computers may run the program.

Although Apple’s M1 CPU was introduced about two years ago, native support has been slow in coming. OBS Studio’s creators announced on the app’s website that the latest beta version adds Apple Silicon platform support. This means that OBS will run much more quickly on Macs equipped with the M1 and M2 CPUs.

When using OBS Studio 28.0 on a Mac with Apple Silicon, you’ll notice a dramatic increase in performance and a decrease in resource use. It has been set up to work without the Rosetta translation layer because it is a native ARM64 software for macOS.

The latest version of macOS, Ventura, also supports direct audio capture. The final version of Apple’s macOS Ventura is scheduled to be released to the public later this fall, but you can try it out now in a public beta.