How to Stream to Twitch on Xbox Series X or S

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What to Know

  • Your Xbox Series X or S doesn't have the ability to stream to Twitch built in.
  • To stream to Twitch, you need to download and install the Twitch app.
  • You can stream webcam video if you have a compatible webcam along with audio from your headset.

Twitch is a massively popular streaming platform, and it’s the number one destination for video game streams. If you’ve been thinking about throwing your hat in the ring and streaming on Twitch, you can do it right from your Xbox Series X or S with no additional hardware. There are some limitations, like you can’t stream video unless you buy a compatible USB webcam, but a basic stream is pretty easy to set up.

What You Need to Stream to Twitch on Xbox Series X or S

If you want to get started streaming on Twitch with your Xbox, you’ll need this basic equipment:

  • An Xbox Series X or S: Twitch streaming is available on both consoles.
  • A television: This is probably obvious, but you’ll need a TV to play on. The type and resolution doesn’t matter, since you’re the only one who will see it.
  • A controller: Again, this is basic equipment for playing in the first place, and the specific controller doesn’t matter. You can upgrade if you’re looking to get an edge in competitive gaming, or just stick with the basic controller if you’re more laid back.
  • Broadband internet: You can use Wi-Fi or a wired Ethernet connection, but using a wired connection is preferred. Twitch recommends between 3-6 Mbps upload speed at minimum. Higher speeds allow for smoother streams and higher quality streams.
  • A headset: This is optional, but you’ll need a headset if you want to communicate with your viewers. Using a higher quality headset will result in better quality audio for your viewers.
  • A webcam: Microsoft did away with the Kinect, so that isn’t an option. You’ll need to get a USB webcam that supports YUY2 or NV12.

If you want finer control over your stream, you can alternately use a capture device to output video from your Xbox Series X or S to a PC and then stream to Twitch using software like OBS. The following instructions pertain to the easier method of streaming directly from your Xbox Series X or S.

How to Download the Twitch App

Before you can stream to Twitch from your Xbox Series X or S, you need to download and install the Twitch app. The app is free, and you can also make an account with Twitch for free. To download it, just open up the store on your console.

Here’s how to get Twitch on your Xbox Series X or S:

  1. Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide.

    The Xbox Series X|S Guide.
  2. Select the Store icon at the bottom of the Guide.

    The store in the Xbox Series X|S guide.
  3. Select the Search icon.

    The search function in the Xbox Series X|S Store.
  4. Type Twitch.

    A search in the Xbox Series X|S store.
  5. Select the Twitch app from the results.

    Twitch in the Xbox Series X|S Store.
  6. Select Get or Install.

    Twitch in the Xbox Series X|S Store.

    If this is your first time downloading the Twitch app from Microsoft, you may get an additional screen where you need to select Got It.

  7. Wait for the app to install.

How to Stream on Twitch From Xbox Series X or S

Once you have the Twitch app installed, you’re just about ready to start streaming. All you have to do is connect your Twitch account to the app, and then you can start a stream any time you want.

Here’s how to start streaming on Twitch from your Xbox Series X or S:

  1. Launch the Twitch app.

    Twitch on the Xbox Series X|S dashboard.

    If you don’t see the app on your desktop, check your library.

  2. Select Sign in.

    Twitch on the Xbox Series X|S.
  3. Using a web browser on your computer or phone, navigate to twitch.tv/activate, make sure you’re logged in, and enter the code you see in the Twitch app on your Xbox.

    Activate the Xbox Series X|S Twitch app on the Twitch website.
  4. Return to the Twitch app, and wait for it to activate.

  5. Select Broadcast.

    The Twitch app on Xbox Series X|S.
  6. Adjust the settings to your liking, enter an appropriate name for the stream, and then select Start Broadcasting.

    Twitch broadcast options on the Xbox Series X|S.

    Make sure that your microphone isn’t muted in the settings, and that your webcam is available and positioned where you want it if you’re using a mic and webcam.

  7. If your stream starts successfully, you will see a bar in the bottom right corner of your screen with some information about the stream.

    Streaming on Twitch from Xbox Series X|S.

Make Sure Your Stream Works

When you stream on Twitch using a computer, you can access a robust panel that provides you info about stream health, bit rate, and other information. On the Xbox Series X and S, all you get is a basic little bar that shows how many viewers you have and some other very basic information.

If you want to make sure that your stream actually looks good for your viewers, have a friend check it out when you first start streaming. If the video is choppy or lags, try lowering the broadcast quality setting. If there are issues with your webcam or microphone, you can try repositioning them or consider investing in higher quality equipment.

Try using the mobile Twitch app on your phone to control your stream and read chat while you're streaming from your Xbox Series X or S. It really makes things a whole lot easier to manage.

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