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What there is to know
- Your Xbox Series X or S does not have the option to broadcast on built-in Twitch.
- To stream on Twitch, you need to download and install the Twitch app.
- You can stream webcam videos if you have a webcam that supports audio from your headphones.
Twitch is a very popular streaming platform, and it’s the number one destination for video game streams. If you’ve been thinking about throwing your hat in the ring and streaming on Twitch, you can do it right from your Xbox Series X or S without any additional hardware. There are some limitations, like you can’t stream video unless you purchase a compatible USB webcam, but a basic stream is fairly easy to set up.
What you need to stream on Twitch on Xbox Series X or S
If you want to start streaming Twitch using your Xbox, you’ll need these basic equipment:
- An Xbox Series X or S: Twitch streaming is available on both consoles.
- A television: It’s probably obvious, but you’ll need a TV to play. The type and resolution does not matter, since only you can see it.
- A controller: Again, this is basic equipment to play in the first place, and the specific controller does not matter. You can upgrade if you’re looking to gain an edge in competitive play, or just stick with the base controller if you’re more laid back.
- high-speed Internet: You can use Wi-Fi or a wired Ethernet connection, but using a wired connection is preferable. Twitch recommends between 3-6 Mbps download speed as a minimum. Higher velocities allow smoother streams and better quality streams.
- A helmet :It’s optional, but you’ll need a headset if you want to communicate with your viewers. Using better quality headphones will result in better sound quality for your viewers.
- A webcam: Microsoft has done away with the Kinect, so that’s not an option. You will need to get a USB webcam that supports YUY2 or NV12.
If you want finer-grained control over your stream, you can alternatively use a capture device to stream videos from your Xbox Series X or S to a PC and then stream to Twitch using software like OBS. The following instructions are for the easier method of streaming directly from your Xbox Series X or S.
Before you can stream to Twitch from your Xbox Series X or S, you need to download and install the Twitch app. The app is free, and you can also register with Twitch for free. To download it, just open the store on your console.
Here’s how to get Twitch on your Xbox Series X or S:
- Press on the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide.
- Select icon Store at the bottom of the Guide.
- Select Search icon.
- Type Twitch.
- Select the Twitch app from the results.
- Select Get gold Install. If this is your first time downloading the Twitch app from Microsoft, you may get an additional screen where you need to select Got It.
- Wait for the application to install.
Once you’ve installed the Twitch app, you’re about to start streaming. All you have to do is connect your Twitch account to the app, then you can start a stream whenever you want.
Here’s how to start streaming to Twitch from your Xbox Series X or S:
- Launch the Twitch app. If you don’t see the app on your desktop, check your library.
- Select Log in.
- Using a web browser on your computer or phone, go to twitch.tv/activate,make sure you’re signed in and enter the code you see in the Twitch app on your Xbox.
- Return to the Twitch app and wait for it to activate.
- Select Diffusion.
- Adjust the settings to your liking, enter an appropriate name for the feed, and then select Start broadcasting. Make sure your microphone is not muted in settings, and that your webcam is available and positioned where you want it if you are using a microphone and webcam.
- If your feed starts successfully, you will see a bar in the lower right corner of your screen with some information about the feed.
Make sure your feed is working
When you’re broadcasting on Twitch using a computer, you can access a robust panel that provides you with information about stream health, bitrate, and other information. On the Xbox Series X and S all you get is a little basic bar that shows how many viewers you have and other very basic information.
If you want to make sure that your stream actually looks good to your viewers, have a friend check it when you start streaming. If the video is choppy or lagging, try lowering the broadcast quality setting. If there are any issues with your webcam or microphone, you can try repositioning them or consider investing in better quality equipment.
Try using the Twitch mobile app on your phone to control your stream and read the chat while you stream from your Xbox Series X or S. It really makes things a lot easier to manage.