I get this question all the time from friends and that is how to stream with the Xbox One. I’m sure it’s on your mind if you’re thinking about coming to the light side and getting a Xbox console. Also, if you currently own an Xbox it’s a good idea to known its capabilities, in case you ever go pro in one of the games you own and start streaming to make that $$$. There is a few things to keep in mind. The nice thing about the Xbox is that it is easier to stream with than the PS4. The PS4 has HDCP protection on it auto enabled, so you have to go in there and disable. Then every time you are watching a movie or something then you have to go back into settings and enable. With the Xbox One you don’t have to worry about doing that crap. It automatically switches HDCP modes so it is always disabled when you are gaming on the Xbox one.
Setting Up a Stream with Xbox One
It is pretty simple to set up a stream with Microsoft’s latest console.
- Get on your Microsoft account. An Xbox Live membership is required to stream to Twitch.
- Download and install Twitch. Browse the app store by going to the search bar and searching for Twitch.
- The app will start automatically once the download is complete.
- Launch Twitch and you can browse and checkout the top games and broadcasters.
- Also you can set up your Twitch Account here. Visit Twitch.tv/activate via your PC or mobile device and enter the 6 digit code. This will link your Xbox Live gamertag and Twitch account.
- To broadcast your own stream all you have to do is say “Xbox Broadcast.” As long as you have the Twitch app set up properly, you’re stream will be up and running with those two simple words.
- You can also select broadcast with the Twitch app open instead. The Twitch broadcasting dashboard will snap in from the right side of the screen.
- Enable kinect or your camera if you want people to see you and enable microphone if you want them to hear you.
- Give your broadcast a name in the Broadcast Title bar and select the game you want to stream live.
- Select Start Broadcast and you are now live. Boom. Get out there and become famous. “Hi Mom!”
Streaming with a Capture Card
If your getting a lot of viewers and want to get more serious, a capture card is the next step up from the basic procedure outlined above. A good capture card will allow you to customize your stream and make cool YouTube videos as well. Plus if you want that 1080p 60 FPS this is how you stream without your game’s performance taking a hit. Now setting this up is a bit more complicated because you need a lot of stuff. You need a PC or a laptop connected to the capture card via a USB cable first off. Then you need to connect an HDMI cable from the Xbox to the capture card. Then connect the capture card with an HDMI cable to your TV or other display such as a monitor. So that’s a few more steps right there, not to mention dling and configuring the capture card’s software on your PC. But once you do all that, a new world opens up to you. Trust me it is worth the trouble. You’re going to get high quality footage that you can stream and record for later.