How to prepare your Xbox One for Twitch broadcasting
It’s incredibly easy to get your Xbox One ready for Twitch and evenings of livestreaming into the early hours. There are a few things you’ll want to activate on your system to get the most out of the system, but this step-by-step guide will get you sorted and ready to start your Twitch career.
1 Sign up
First things first, you’ll want to head over to Twitch.tv in a browser and sign up for a free account. This will only take a few minutes, though be sure to choose a username you won’t come to regret down the line. Try to get your Gamertag in there.
2 Activate archiving
You’ll want viewers to be able to dip back into old streams if they miss one and the Xbox One lets you do this! While at Twitch.tv, log in with your newly created account, head to Settings, go to Channel & Videos and select Archive Broadcasts.
3 Download Twitch
Switch on your Xbox One, navigate to the app store and download the free Twitch application. This should only take a few minutes (depending on your connection). If you’ve already got it installed, shouting “Xbox, go to Twitch” and Kinect will launch the app.
4 Into the depths
Before you start livestreaming, you need to activate a couple of settings to get the most out of the service. “Xbox, go to Settings” or, from the Home screen, go to My games and apps, select apps and scroll through until you see Settings.
5 Be online
You’ll want people to see that you’re online, this way your friends and followers will be able to see if you’re streaming. In the Settings app under Privacy and Online Safety, make sure the option to See if you’re online is set to Everyone.
6 You want to broadcast, right?
Obviously, the reason you’re reading this is because you want to broadcast your gameplay to the world. In the Settings app under Privacy and Online Safety, navigate to Broadcast gameplay and set it to Allow.
Back out of Privacy and Online Safety, and click on the Preferences tile. Under the System & App header, check Allow Play to streaming and Allow broadcasts and Game DVR uploads, so the Xbox One won’t think it’s doing you a favour by blocking Twitch.
8 “Kinect, stream me up”
You’ll want to have the camera and mic on if you want to pick up a following; Kinect is great for this. Go to the main Settings page, go to Kinect and make sure Kinect is on. To include Kinect audio in your broadcast, click Use Kinect microphone for chat.
9 Link your account
Once you’ve loaded the app, it will prompt you to link Twitch with your Gamertag. This will let the broadcasting service work in tandem with your Xbox Live account. Just enter the activation code from the Xbox One into Twitch.tv/activate.
10 Start up Twitch
Load up your game of choice and when you’re ready to get started, simply direct “Xbox, Broadcast” towards Kinect. Twitch will Snap into position and let you get set up. From here you can alter the title, PiP position, and broadcast quality.
Might sound like a no-brainer, but be sure to give it an appropriate title. Look around Twitch streams to get an idea of what others already do. Get the game name, and anything special into the title – “Titanfall 12-hour multiplayer marathon” for example.
Twitch will let you use Kinect as a webcam. Usually this box sits in one corner of the screen, potentially blocking UI elements like health bars or objectives for viewers at home. If this is the case, you can decide which corner the PiP window sits in.
13 Select quality
In Broadcast Quality, you’ll be able to select between Low (800kbps), Medium (1400kbps), High (2000kbps) and Recommended (the highest quality). When you start your broadcast, open it in a browser – if there’s lag, try turning this down.
14 Use your voice
You’ll want to get a good chat going, but if you’re feeling shy, you can disable the microphone from here. Kinect will automatically be used as a microphone, or you can plug in and use the Xbox One’s chat/stereo headset.
15 Start broadcast
Once you’ve got all the options set to your liking, back out of settings and select Start broadcast. Once you’ve hit this, you’ll be live to anyone that goes to your Twitch feed. Get playing and talking! Be aware, most streams have a 15-20 second delay.
16 “Xbox, Unsnap”
This might sounds like a pain in the ass, but if you can, log into your Twitch account via your phone/tablet and view the comments from there. Once the stream has started shout “Xbox, Unsnap” at Kinect and play with the whole screen.
17 Party Starter
If you want to play with friends while streaming, but don’t want the general rabble to hear, you can invite them into a separate party while playing. This way, you can switch between active chat rooms from the Party snap menu when you need to.
18 Ending your broadcast
Before you sign off for the night, be sure to thank anyone that watched your feed or asked questions. It’s polite, and will help build your audience. Snap Twitch back in, say your goodbyes and click End broadcast. Done!