Microsoft has fixed your Twitch streaming issue in a new update for Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One as you can now stream directly from your Xbox dashboard without having to open the Twitch app.
This functionality was originally available in 2014 and relied on the Xbox One ‘snap’ functionality. However, Microsoft snap removed completely in 2017which means the ability to easily stream on Twitch has not been supported for several years.
As noted in Xbox Wire, the ability to stream directly from the Xbox dashboard is now available to all users, making it one of the easiest ways to stream to Twitch on any platform. Previously, you would have had to log into the Twitch app itself to start a stream from your console, but this update makes the process much simpler.
Streaming can be a daunting task for new creators, so this made it simple
process helps potential content creators get started. This is all part of the Xbox dashboard update that was released on February 23rd. This new functionality is also cross-generational, coming to Xbox Series X/S and Xbox one consoles.
However, you might be wondering how to stream on Twitch using your Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or Xbox One consoles. Here’s what you need to know if you plan on streaming your gameplay to the world.
How to go live on Twitch on your Xbox console
Streaming on your Xbox console is very easy to set up. Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the Guide and go to the Capture & Share tab.
There you will find an option called ‘Live streaming’. Select this to open your options. You need sign up for a twitch account and then link this new account to your Xbox by following the onscreen instructions.
Once you connect things, it’s straight from there. You should see a ‘Go Live Now’ button on the Guide that starts your Twitch stream. You can also edit the name of your stream, so make sure it’s something that appeals to viewers.
You can also connect a webcam to your console and manage where it is placed in your feed as you stream. Below the webcam options, you will see a ‘More options’ submenu. Click this submenu to adjust game volume, microphone volume, and enable or disable group chat.
The final step to perfecting your Twitch stream involves changing your bitrate. This will affect the quality of your stream, although you are at the mercy of internet upload and download speeds. If you need help figuring out which bitrate is best for you, go to Bitratecalc to get a better estimate. You can also use the Twitch Inspector to test streams on your PC to better understand how to get smooth performance. Remember: don’t use a higher bitrate unless you have a strong internet connection and try to use a wired connection instead of wireless.
More Twitch updates are also on the way for Xbox consoles, such as the ability to adjust the broadcast bar and change transparency, which will come later in the near future.
The broadcast bar opacity/collapse options are still only available to Insiders, but should arrive in a few weeks for everyone else.February 23, 2022
And that’s all you need to know. It’s a very easy process, making this one of the easiest ways to start Twitch streaming if you’ve ever been curious to give it a try. We’d still like to see Microsoft add other streaming services like YouTube and facebook games to the mix, but at least now streaming to Twitch isn’t the hassle it used to be.