Watching a live stream of your favourite game can be a lot of fun, but have you ever wanted to be the one doing the streaming? If so, we'll guide you through setting up your channel and broadcasting your first stream.
Mixer is owned by Microsoft (who make the Xbox), so it might not surprise you that it’s the easiest way to live-stream your gameplay. Once you’ve set your account up and linked it to your Xbox, you’ll be ready to go.
You’ll need a Mixer account to create your channel, which is how potential viewers can find and connect with your streams. Use the same Microsoft account that’s on your Xbox, and it’ll connect automatically. If not, you’ll have to link your Mixer account the first time you start a stream.
On a computer, open Mixer’s website and click Sign in.
Click Sign in with Microsoft.
Type your Microsoft account details then tap Next.
Type your password and click Sign in.
Click the account icon in the top-right corner to manage your account and settings.
You can’t start the stream from the Home screen, but you don’t have to be playing the game. Seeing the title screen is enough to get things moving.
Mixer controls on Xbox One
Press Xbox to open the guide and go to Broadcast & capture.
Check your channel details and review the options, then click Start broadcast.
Press Xbox and click your game to go back to it.
Impress your viewers!
You’ll see a small menu bar showing the elapsed time and number of viewers, and the status of the microphone and camera.
Always remember to shut your stream down correctly to help avoid broadcasting something accidentally, especially if you’re using a Kinect camera on your Xbox.
Press Xbox > Broadcasting > Stop broadcast.
Twitch isn’t a 'native' streaming option (it won't just 'work' out-of-the-box like Mixer does), but don’t let that stop you. Install the app on your Xbox, and you’re just a few clicks away from sharing your exploits with the world at large.
Download Twitch from the Store
You’ll need a Twitch account to host a streaming channel.
Go to the Twitch website and click Log in.
Sign in with Facebook, your Twitch details, or make a new Twitch account for free.
Download the Twitch app, link your account, and you’ll be ready to go.
Press Xbox > My Games & apps > Store.
Search for ‘Twitch’ and click the app result.
Click Get to download it.
Press Launch, or if you went back to the Home screen press Xbox > My Games & apps > Twitch.
Click Log in and make a note of the code shown on screen.
On your computer go to Twitch’s activation page.
Type the code in the box and click Activate.
You can only start your stream when you’ve got a game open – you can’t broadcast the menu screens.
Find your channel at www.twitch.tv/username
With your game open, press Xbox > Twitch.
When the app opens, click Broadcast.
Change the Broadcast Title or other Settings, then click Start broadcast.
Double-tap Xbox to close the Twitch panel and switch focus to your game.
An information panel’s displayed when you’re broadcasting a stream, showing the elapsed time, viewer numbers and status symbols for the camera and microphone. Click the Settings icon on the Twitch panel to change the stream’s title, quality and other settings while you’re playing.
It’s always a good idea to close your stream correctly, in case you broadcast something you didn’t mean to.
From your game, press Xbox > Twitch.
When the panel opens, click Stop Broadcast.
Whether you use Mixer or Twitch to host your stream, it’s a good idea to ask a friend to help you test it. They can give feedback on things like picture and sound quality, and if there’s any buffering (where the stream stops and starts).
Changing your stream’s quality settings can help with these issues, so a bit of trial-and-error testing before you go live should help you get things right for the big day - your first live stream.
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