Streaming Mixer With Windows 10: Getting Started

Broadcast your gaming prowess with others right from your PC

Microsoft brings streaming to your PC with Mixer, its app for game streaming. Whether you want to show off the newest popular game or build a following, you can do it right from your desk without having to use any extra equipment to broadcast.

Mixer screenshot on Windows 10

How to Stream Mixer With Windows 10

Unlike its big competitor, Twitch, Mixer is built right into Windows 10. This means that there are no programs to download or extra hoops to jump through before you start broadcasting. All you have to do to get started is press a few keys, and you'll be ready to show the world your gaming skills.

Mixer is literally built into the Game Bar for Win10, so it's the easiest streaming program to use when gaming on a PC.

  1. Launch the game you want to broadcast.

  2. Press the Windows key + G to open the game bar.

  3. Press the Broadcast icon to open your options. (It looks like a satellite dish).

    The Windows 10 Gamebar is displayed in grey over the Mixer website.
  4. Choose your options. These include whether you are streaming just the game window, where your webcam will display on the stream, and the title of your broadcast.

    The Mixer broadcast options to personalize your broadcast.
  5. Press Start broadcast to begin streaming your gameplay.

    Mixer screen with Start broadcast highlighted

Fine Tune Your Mixer Broadcast

Unlike streaming from an Xbox One directly to Mixer, when you stream from your PC you have plenty of options for making your broadcast the best that it can be. While the Mixer app gives you some options, you probably need to tweak things in your PC settings. These include options for adjusting your sound and video quality, and whether your mouse is displayed when you are streaming a game.

If you find your audio is echoing, these settings are where you can fix it, along with turning off video or specific audio.

  1. Right-click the Start menu.

  2. Select Settings. (It looks like a gear)

  3. Select Gaming.

    Windows Settings with Gaming highlighted
  4. Select Broadcasting.

    The gaming tab of the Settings menu with Broadcasting highlighted
  5. Scroll through the options to find the one you want to adjust. Select check boxes, toggles, or drop-down menus to make changes to your broadcast settings.

    Broadcasting settings and options

Things to Remember About Streaming With Mixer

Mixer goes out of its way to make broadcasting your stream an easy affair that is free from hassles. This means that you don't need any extra equipment to broadcast. However, having a good camera and microphone does mean that you'll have better luck attracting visitors to your stream.

Having these things isn't mandatory though, and that's worth remembering when you are first getting started. The most important thing is having a game that you want to share with the world. Even with a webcam, your gameplay is going to take up most of the screen.