Many streamers choose to start streaming using a computer or laptop, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you’re a gamer who plays Xbox games, you’ll be happy to learn that you can stream straight from your game console via Twitch in just a few easy steps.
In this guide, we’ll teach you how to broadcast via Twitch on Xbox One.
How to Stream Xbox on Twitch in Three Easy Parts
If you’re eager to start your live gaming career, let’s take a look at how you can stream Xbox One games to Twitch.
Part 1: Download the Twitch App
The first step is to download the Twitch app if you want to stream Xbox games to Twitch. Here’s how to get it.
- On your Xbox One dashboard, go to the Microsoft Store.
- Click the “Search” icon and select Twitch.
- Select the Twitch app and click “Get” to start downloading. It should install automatically. You can find the app on your “My games & apps” screen under “Guide,” the menu that appears when you press the Xbox button on your controller.
Part 2: Connect your Xbox and Twitch Accounts
To start Xbox One Twitch streaming, you’ll first need to link your Twitch account to your Xbox account. This is how you do it.
- Go to the official Twitch site and log in to your account via the web browser.
- Go back to your Xbox One dashboard and open the Twitch app.
- Click the “Log In” button, and you’ll be given a six-digit code.
- Copy and paste the code on the Twitch device activation page to activate your Xbox One. And that’s it. Your Twitch account and Xbox account are now linked.
Part 3: Stream your gameplay on Twitch
Now that you’ve downloaded the Twitch app and connected it to your Xbox, it’s now time to stream your gameplay via Twitch on Xbox One.
- Choose your broadcast settings on the “Broadcast” tab. For example, choose stuff like your streaming resolution and your broadcast name, language, camera, and audio settings.
- Open the “Guide” by pressing the Xbox button and then select My games & apps > See all > Games. Choose the game you want to stream. You won’t be able to start streaming without an active game. You don’t actually have to start playing right away. You can open the game and leave it on its title screen.
- On your Xbox One dashboard, press the Xbox button again to launch your Twitch app. On the lower-left corner of your screen, click the “Broadcast” button. This will re-open your game and minimize the Twitch app to a small bar on the right side of your screen.
- Rename your Twitch broadcast on the “Broadcast Title” field. You can name your broadcast anything you want, but keep in mind that this will be the name of your stream on the Twitch website and app.
- Select “Settings” to preview how your broadcast looks on a small screen on top of the Twitch tab.
- If you want to add a webcam to your stream, you’ll need to connect your Kinect to your Xbox One. Sadly, this is your only webcam option on Twitch. To connect Kinect, check the “Enable Kinect” box. You can reposition the camera by clicking on the box onscreen.
- By default, Kinect will show everything it catches on camera, which will likely be your entire room. Enabling the “Auto Zoom” feature will let the Kinect focus on your face while streaming.
- To add audio to your stream, make sure to check the “Enable Microphone” box. This will let Kinect or other connected audio devices pick up what you’re saying while you stream.
- The “Party Chat” feature lets other users in an online match or group chat be heard on the stream. If this is something you want, you can check the “Broadcast Party Chat” box. Otherwise, you can keep it unchecked.
- The last step is selecting your stream resolution. Click the “Quality” drop-down menu and choose “Get new recommendations.” This will determine the optimum image quality setting based on your Internet speed. As a rule of thumb, the higher the image quality, the faster your Internet connection should be.
- Now that you’ve adjusted all your settings, it’s time to start streaming. Return to the main menu by pressing the B button on the controller. Choose “Start Broadcast” to begin streaming your game.
- To end your stream, relaunch the Twitch app and choose “Stop streaming.”
Xbox Twitch App Streaming: Dos and Don’ts
Setting up your Xbox streaming software and hardware is just the beginning. You also need to learn the dos and don’ts of live streaming to increase your chances of attracting more viewers.
Do find your niche
Your niche is gaming. We know that. But how do you want to present yourself to your viewers? How will you stand out among millions of Twitch streamers? What Xbox games do you want to be known for? Will you have a gimmick like Burke Black, the “pirate streamer?”
Determining these things as early as possible will help shape your live stream channel. It will also give you a unique identity. Of course, being a pirate isn’t the only way to stand out, although that worked pretty well for Black. If you want to be a sexy bunny, go for it–even if you’re a guy.
Don’t give up
We know it’s not easy making a name for yourself on Twitch but giving up is the worst thing you can do. Just keep streaming. When you throw in the towel, that’s it. There’s no going back from there. Success rarely happens overnight. Even famous streamers will tell you it took them many months or even years before they gained a significant following.
Do be consistent
If you want people to take you seriously as a streamer, you need to show consistency. Streaming whenever you like without a set schedule will only confuse your audience. As a result, you may lose your followers one by one. When you start streaming, you need to commit to it. Set a schedule and stick to it. This way, your followers will know what time they can catch your live streams.
Don’t ignore your audience
Your audience is the key part of the whole live streaming experience. Without them, you are nothing. Never forget that. Make your audience feel like they’re part of the stream by actively interacting with them.
Fortunately for you, all Twitch broadcasts come with a chat room. Use that to engage your audience. The more you make them feel like they’re sitting on the couch with you, the better your chance at attracting more loyal followers.
Making it on Twitch takes lots of time, patience, and hard work. You might feel like a fish out of water in your first few months. But with perseverance and dedication, you’ll eventually make a name for yourself. So, don’t give up and keep streaming.