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How to Stream from Xbox One to Twitch?

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Jun 11, 2024• Proven solutions

Even though computers are a much better option for gaming because you can play your favorite games in high resolution, consoles like PS4 or Xbox One still offer memorable gaming experiences. Unlike computers, gaming consoles let you stream on Twitch without having to use demanding broadcasting software products.

Setting up a live stream you want to share directly from Xbox One to Twitch is a simple process that won't take too much of your time. We are going to take you through each step of the way, and provide you with all the information you're going to need to start broadcasting live gaming videos to Twitch from your Xbox One console.

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What Will I Need to Stream from Xbox One to Twitch?

If you already have an Xbox One, Xbox One S or Xbox One X and a TV set, you won't need much more to start your first stream on Twitch. However, you'll have to make sure that your console is connected to the Internet either through a wireless connection or a wired one. The console's controller should be used to navigate through menus or to play a game.

You'll have to download the free Twitch app that is compatible with all versions of Microsoft's gaming console and if you don't already have an account on Twitch, you'll have to create one. You can use chat, webcams, headsets or microphones in your broadcasts, although you'll have to enable each of these features before your live stream starts. The Kinect sensor or any webcam compatible with the Windows OS can be used to capture the footage of you commentating on the game you're playing, but Kinect is still your only option as webcam if you want to broadcast live streams on Twitch. However, if you're sharing your videos to Microsoft's Mixer live streaming platform you can use any Windows compatible webcam.

If you want to use the Kinect Sensor on Xbox One S or Xbox One X you'll have to get the Kinect adapter since the sensor is only compatible with the original Xbox One. As we already mentioned, the Microsoft's gaming console lets you record audio while broadcasting, and you can either use the Xbox One Chat Headset that connects directly to the controller or a third-party microphone or a headset that can be connected through a standard audio jack.

Once your controller, webcam, mic, TV set and the console are connected, you can start setting up your first live broadcast on Twitch.

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How to Stream from Xbox One to Twitch?

Now that your Xbox One is up and running your first step should be to download the free Twitch app to your console. You can do this from the Store tab, by simply typing the app's name in the search bar. You'll be able to see the app in the search results, so just click on it and the then click on Get button when the app's official listing window appears on the screen.

The Twitch app will be installed on your console and you can find it from My Games & Apps window in the Guide menu that can be accessed by pressing the Xbox button on the controller. Once the app is installed, you need to connect your Twitch and Xbox One accounts, but the only way to this is through a computer.

Launch the Twitch app on the Xbox One and log in to your account from the console, then bring up the Twitch's website in a browser on your computer. The Twitch app will provide with a six-digit code you have to insert on the activate page, after logging into your Twitch account from a computer. You only have to go through this process once, although this is a mandatory step for each new Xbox One console you use to broadcast live videos on Twitch.

Launch the game you want to play, and head back to Dashboard so you can launch the Twitch app. Once the app opens you'll be able to see the Broadcast button on the left side of the screen, click on it and proceed to insert the Broadcast Title. Afterward, you can click on the Settings button if you wish to enable a Broadcast Party Chat, adjust stream video resolution or preview how your stream is going to look like once you go live. The Xbox One offers resolution recommendations based on the speed of your Internet connection, so you just have to click on the Quality drop-down menu and choose the Get New Recommendation option in order to get the optimum stream video quality for your Internet connection.

Press the B button on the controller to bring up the Twitch broadcast menu and click on the Start Broadcast option to start streaming.

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How to Stream with Microphone and Camera on Twitch

Before you start a stream on Twitch from an Xbox One gaming console you can add a webcam and a microphone to your stream. If you have a Kinect sensor you can easily turn it into a webcam, but if you don't, you can use any webcam that is compatible with a Windows PC and that has a USB port. However, you can only use third-party webcams if you are streaming to Mixer, while Kinect is still your only webcam option if you want to share broadcasts on Twitch.

Use the audio in or a USB port to connect the microphone to the Xbox One and head over to Twitch App. Bring up the Settings menu and make sure that the Enable Microphone box is checked, and then check the Enable Kinect option. And that's it, your microphone and Kinect Sensor are going to record audio and video footage during your stream.


Fortnite, Overwatch or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds are currently among the most popular video games on Twitch, and you can stream each of these games from your Xbox One. Even though setting up your first live stream from an Xbox can be a bit time-consuming, it is still a relatively simple process that will enable you to broadcast all of your favorite Xbox One video games to the largest live streaming platform on the Internet.

Which Xbox One games you like to stream to Twitch? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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