March 7th 2014 6:00 am PT

A walkthrough of Twitch Broadcast on Xbox One

Above is a quick video showing you some of the features of the Twitch broadcasting app for Xbox One and how it is integrated into the system. I’ve been using the app all week to broadcast gameplay, so if you want to see what the quality of the audio and video is, then watch out some of my past broadcasts on my Twitch channel.

Twitch Broadcasting will be available for all Xbox One owners next week. To ensure you can get started right away, here are a few steps you can take now to be sure you are ready to go on the air:

How to Prepare for Twitch Broadcasting

From your computer:

  • Go online to www.twitch.tv and sign up for a Twitch account.
  • In Settings, go to Channel & Videos and select Archive Broadcasts.

On your console:

  • Sign into your Xbox One console and download the Twitch app.
  • You can customize your picture-in-picture to broadcast both your gameplay and yourself through Kinect.
  • In your Profile, make sure your presence is set to “online”
  • In the Settings app under “Privacy and Online Safety,” make sure the option to “See if you’re online” is set to “Everyone” and “Broadcast gameplay” is set to “Allow.”
  • Also in the Settings app under“ Privacy and Online Safety,” make sure the option to “Share content made using Kinect” is set to “Allow.”
  • In the Settings app under “Preference,” check “Allow broadcasts and Game DVR Uploads”
  • In the Settings app under “Kinect,” check “Kinect on” and to include Kinect audio in your broadcast check “Use Kinect microphone for chat.”

Via Xbox Wire

Xbox One By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Landsharkk

    Excellent job! This is the way a Twitch app should be implemented. I’m impressed!

  • Nick Peck

    Looks great! I never really thought I’d every broadcast myself playing a game… but with this I might just give it a shot… :D Keep up the good work, all of the games and updates have been keeping me very busy playing.

  • IvanCD(MaidenLOKO)

    Very Nice features. Too bad twitch lags miserably on my xb1, it is nearly impossible to watch.

  • Gazza!!!

    Never used Twitch but spent some time watching Twitch plays pokemon and my god is that boring. Luckily I then switched to watching major nelson play PvZ and it seems a nice little feature with something interesting to watch.

    • digitallife

      Not exactly which of those two games you mentioned is the more boring of the two actually lol

    • David719

      The entertainment of a twitch stream will depend on the game, and more importantly, the person streaming.

  • evilfangs .

    By bit rate he means upload speed right? I could easily upload at 1080p if Twitch and X1 allowed me with my 25-40mbps upload speeds. Shame we can only do 720p.

    • Landsharkk

      Upload bandwidth doesn’t have much to do with resolution. That’s more to do with your CPU. The quality of the stream relies on a larger bitrate/bandwidth. Most popular Twitch streamers use 2500 bitrate, 3,000 max. Anything beyond that and it makes it difficult for your viewers to watch your stream in full quality, because it requires a higher download speed (from the viewer) to watch the stream. MS/Xbox picked the perfect bitrate, 2500.

      Just to reiterate, you could broadcast at a 1920×1080 resolution at only 500 bitrate, but the quality of the stream would be very pixelated. The higher the bitrate, the better quality.

      Of course, a lot of the quality also has to do with encoding tools used by the OS, so I’m sure MS has created something specific for the Xbox One.
      For anyone who’s had a chance to see the Xbox One broadcasting in action, you’ll note that the quality is REALLY good.

      • evilfangs .

        Oh cool, thanks.

  • Liquidfx Xboxdude

    does it come with a free game?

  • BlindSniperZ20

    Does it require Kinect? I don’t have mine plugged in so I hope that it won’t be a problem.

    • evilfangs .

      No.

    • Michael Burden

      I’d almost bet it does since it is activated by the “Xbox Broadcast” voice command. You are missing out on a lot of features by not having the Kinect plugged in. But you are not required to have it record you in PIP, you can just broadcast gameplay.

      • Nick Peck

        Or you can go into the apps (or if you have it pinned) and launch the twitch app via the controller :D

        • Michael Burden

          If so, that is good for the paranoid, tin foil hat lot out there. Just so much easier, faster and more elegant using Kinect with voice controls however.

          • BlindSniperZ20

            It’s not that I’m paranoid it’s just that I don’t have anywhere to put the Kinect.

          • Michael Burden

            Fair enough, at least you have a good reason. Still you are missing out on some pretty cool features by not having it connected and using it. I mounted mine on the wall just under my projection screen since I had nothing to set it on there.

          • Nick Peck

            Not enough room to set it in front of or on top of the tv (hey have holders for it)? Set it on or near the XBO itself? It’s very useful to be honest, but hey, if you can’t you can’t.

          • Digiadam

            Nonsense. Put it on top of your tv.

          • BlindSniperZ20

            What a good idea! I wonder why I didn’t think of that. Oh now I remember, my tv is so thin that it would fall off and break.

          • Digiadam

            Use your head smarty. Get a kinect stand for your tv.

            Thinking is hard for you. We know.

          • Nick Peck

            I agree, I love having mine plugged in and use it constantly.

    • David719

      It does not. You’ll just have to manually open the Twitch app and hit the start broadcasting button.

    • avi

      no, it doesn’t.
      optional.

  • Riekopo

    Keep the updates coming!

  • digitallife

    Just got my headset adapter, can confirm it comes with a cord to update controller if you don’t have one…on my x42’s right now

  • http://www.kevin-fell.co.uk/ Kevin Fell

    I’d rather play than watch other people play.

    • digitallife

      Or maybe just maybe other people want to see you play….just a thought bro.

      • http://www.kevin-fell.co.uk/ Kevin Fell

        I wouldn’t want to waste my time watching someone else attempt to capture ‘it’ when I can just watch a pre recorded / edited video of ‘it’.

        • Nick Peck

          So if you aren’t interested, walk on by? Right? It’s not for everyone obviously, but there is a massive market out there for this (believe it or not). I’m not really into either, but from time to time I’ll hop around to see what people are playing.

        • David719

          The Twitch app will archive your videos. So people can record their play sessions and edit them on their pc. So in a way it will still contribute to that. This is a great feature because it means anyone can do it. Not just people who have bought a pvr for their pc.

        • Roger B

          It’s also great as background video when not actively using the xbox, participating in chat when you don’t feel like playing or have nothing to play, and is now my exclusive way of seeing if I should get a game or not as I can really see how it plays and how people play it. But yeah, Twitch has a huge market and was #4 in bandwidth usage for the US in January (ahead of Hulu believe it or not)

  • lassenwolf

    I love how Larry ignores the 360 now. The 360 has 83 million users and Xbox 1 has 3.5. Titan fall will sell more on 360 , 360 also has smart glass. Anyway Ps4, wiiu and 360 is good enough

    • evilfangs .

      Xbox one also has smart glass.

      Larry isn’t ignoring the 360, he posts content on both the X1 and 360.

    • Does Not Equal

      Yes, Larry is ignoring the Xbox 360, because he is the embodiment of the entre Xbox division.

      • BigBernard

        That’s fascinating.

    • ImTheMetalLord

      Xbox One has smartglass…its just a different app.

    • James Campbell

      What I read here is “Wah. I don’t have an XBox One so I feel left out. I try to make up for it by naming the consoles I own.”

    • avi

      wanna bet on it?

      the x1 version of titanfall will sell more than the 360 version.
      the majority of the gamers that want titanfall have an x1 or a pc.

  • evilfangs .

    Anyone know if it’s possible to share like DLC and season passes between mates? Kind of like game share and what ever that thing Sony did with PS3.

    • James Campbell

      I do believe that as long as they are playing on your console that has the DLC they can play it. Season passes are not shared.

  • Nenel

    Let’s get to it. And the exclusive games? Where?

    • Nick Peck

      Titanfall, Quantum Break, Halo, Gears of War, Sunset Overdrive, Below, Project Spark, just to name some. Many more we don’t know about and all of these along with all of the great 3rd party games coming this year and next.

      Plenty to play.

      • Nenel

        Ok but I think the releases are a little slow.

        • Nick Peck

          Well when you think about it, you can’t have a lot of AAA games coming out at the same time as one (or more depending on how many) will get overshadowed and not sell that well.

          They are staggering releases pretty well to help combat that issue. I know it seems slow but once you figure in all of the other games (3rd party) there will be a ton of games coming out this summer / fall.

        • Michael Burden

          Yet they are coming out at a faster pace than they did on the Xbox or 360. There has yet to be a big drought of games.

        • avi

          that’s the point.
          if they release too quickly, the games won’t accumulate the sales needed to recoup the expenses for development.

      • Socal71

        Titanfall is on PC… so anyone can own it. Not exclusive. But those other games are promising.

        • EldritchWarlord

          It’s console exclusive (not available on other consoles in the generation). That matters since many people much prefer playing shooters (or games in general) on consoles, even if they have a powerful enough PC.

  • Nenel

    Let’s get to it. When we have free games for xbox one?

    • Digiadam

      While I agree with you….this isnt gonna happen for quite a while.

    • Cookies!

      When the xbox one has enough games to give out free games, thats when

    • avi

      dude, there aren’t enough games on the x1 yet to warrant them giving out free games yet, but that’s coming later this year.

  • Digiadam

    And what if we dont want the kinect to see us while we broadcast? I personally look for streams that DO NOT have anything interfereing with the picture of the gameplay.

    • ɾosɥ ɥɐɐs

      1:32 in the video.

      • Digiadam

        Vids not loading. Ah well.

        • ɾosɥ ɥɐɐs

          Okay, to put it simply – you can choose whether or not to display the Kinect video feed on your broadcasts (and even the corner where you’d like your picture-in-picture to show up).

          • Digiadam

            Thank you. :)

    • Michael Burden

      Then don’t enable that OPTION.

  • Ross Kemp

    Make Titanfall a pre load .

    That is all .

    • Cookies!

      It is preload… ON PC! MUAHAHAHA!

  • Samuel Herrera

    Microsoft definitely knows how an optimum Twitch experience should be. Sony on the other hand would rather slap the Twitch app on their console from Day 1 and let their users fumble around with laughable 540p video and restricted access to ONLY PS4 content LOL!

    • Ismokedthebanditwithaheadshot

      Cool stuff. Maybe the Xbox one might be able to play games at 1080 now.

      • Samuel Herrera

        1080p drought on Xbox One is over. Devs have finally discovered how to use up the ESram power and thus Wolfenstein: The New Order has been confirmed 1080p and 60fps on X1.

        • evilfangs .

          Might be because Bethesta are a decent development team and know how to code they code for different platforms. When we start seeing the cr*p development teams making 1080p 60fps games then lets say the 1080p drought on X1 is over.

          Edit: Just did some research and turns out Bethesta are only publishing the game and it is a cr*p studio who have developed that game.

        • MossbergShottie

          Everyone knows the One can do 1080p…its just the architecture of the system that makes it tough for developers to optimize their games at that resolution.. Fact is, it is much EASIER to achieve 1080p on PS4 than Xbox One..but thats not saying the One cant do native 1080p

      • James Campbell

        “LOL” Keep telling yourself that you can tell the difference in 720p and 1080p and you might just start believing it “LOL”

        • MossbergShottie

          LOL I love stupid comments like this… I will keep telling myself that…because I CAN tell the difference…just like I could tell the difference between Xbox 360’s BS upscaled 1080p dashboard vs PS3’s true 1:1 1080p XMB..if you couldnt tell the difference you need your eyes checked buddy. Dont make up excuses for the One.. Its 2014… 1080p should be standard.

          • David719

            If it is standard, the ps4 should be under just as much scrutiny. There are many people out there who don’t really have a big enough tv to tell the difference. And as disturbing as it is, I know there are some fanboys out there who bash a game that isn’t 1080p….and they themselves have a 720p tv lol.

            Even though Sony claimed it was, Killzone multiplayer wasn’t native 1080p. Didn’t see anyone complain about it looking bad. Truth is, so many fanboys can’t tell the difference, but they will jump on the bandwagon because some people said this and that.

            It’s cool that you can tell the difference, because there are people who do have the proper setup to see the difference. While it would be awesome if every game was 1080p/60fps, Killzone was a prime example that a sophisticated upscaler is nothing to scoff at.

      • EldritchWarlord

        There’s quite a few Xbox One games with 1080p native resolution, many of them launch titles.

      • avi

        forza 5 – a day 1 launch game for the x1 says hello.
        has some of the best visuals of the next-gen consoles and it runs at native 1080p 60fps.

        it just depends on the extra work devs are willing to invest to make a game 1080p.

  • Kazaam

    Why do I have to create a new account on Twitch too? Why doesn´t work it with my Xbox-Live account?

    • Wh1plash96

      In order to broadcast on Twitch, you MUST have an account of Twitch!

    • MossbergShottie

      What kinda stupid question is that? In order to use twitch, you need an account with twitch! Just like you need an account for Netflix, Facebook, etc

      • Kazaam

        Whats wrong with you!?
        Just a thought – an idea and a normal question. i can log in on sites with a Facbookaccount or a Googleaccount. So it is NOT a stupid question, small minded thing!
        It would be easier with the Xboxaccount to connect to twitch.

    • David719

      I’m sure there will be people who already stream from other devices. That wouldn’t be great if you had to have separate twitch channels for your videos. Also if you ever changed your gamertag, you’d lose all of your videos. Just much easier to have a dedicated twitch channel that is yours. Then all of your devices can stream to it, and your videos will be archived.

  • Gmet13

    This does not appear or exist withing my privacy and Online Safety section….
    In the Settings app under “Privacy and Online Safety,” make sure the option to “See if you’re online” is set to “Everyone” and “Broadcast gameplay” is set to “Allow.”

    • Darren Bennett

      You have to select customise settings, then you get the same page shown in the video with lots of options from left to right.

  • Gmet13

    This option does not also appear in the settings…
    Also in the Settings app under“ Privacy and Online Safety,” make sure the option to “Share content made using Kinect” is set to “Allow.”

  • uss_liberty

    Why would anyone want to see that?

  • YtseJuan

    Ok I’m doing something wrong and hopefully simple. I have a twitch account but I don’t see how you hook your Xbox One to your twitch account. When I say “Xbox broadcast” it kicks me out of my game and into the main Twitch app where I can view channels, game, etc. Nothing prompting me for my Twitch account info and nothing about setting up the broadcast. Any ideas?

    • YtseJuan

      Ok maybe I don’t have an updated Twtich App? But it’s not asking me to update it.

      • David719

        Twitch update comes out the 11th

        • YtseJuan

          Oh geez, well I guess that explains it! Fail on my part. Thanks!

  • Rai_TheNoblesse

    thought the Xone could already do this…., been broadcasting live on the PS4 for a while now..

    but MS is doing the right move, of pushing it’s network…, Sony shouldn’t take it too easy from now on…

    • David719

      Twitch was delayed on the Xbox One to provide a more in depth and better quality Twitch app.

    • avi

      twitch’s delay on the x1 was to ensure that its launch on the x1 would guarantee the vision of twitch that ms wanted for the x1. not a watered-down version of twitch (ahem, ps4’s version of twitch- doesn’t even run in HD).

  • beardyman3218

    Great update. I have a few questions though. What video format does this use, what bitrate is the audio and why cant we enter a bitrate manually?, the video says choose manually but it just gives you three choices.

  • sirjonsnow

    How do you start broadcasting without hooking the Kinect up?

    • David719

      Open the Twitch app manually with the controller. There will be a button to start broadcasting.

  • Jordan Torres

    Can you play music with twitch on Xbox in the background?

  • Digiadam

    Followed instructions to the letter and have unlimited 50mb Fiber net……and it will not start the broadcast. It says that it’s testing the net then brings me right back to the broadcast screen again.

    • odion wilson

      its doing the same thing to me wtf

      • Digiadam

        I found the problem. You have to switch to an adult profile in your safety settings.

        Just be aware that there are huge latency issues with Twitch right now there is a three minute time lapse.

        • beardyman3218

          Anyway around this? I have custom settings and dont wish to change them.

  • gamer04

    how do you get that on screen text (when full screen) from going away that says broadcasting and how many viewers? It goes away when you snap, but always there when full screen? it covers up vital hud info in some games like powerstar golf.

    • Digiadam

      Ditto.

  • Evil Bunny Games

    Anyone have any idea how Larry did that trick that he broadcas same time when he playing full screen? Cannot find that opion.

    • beardyman3218

      I think you just unsnap the twitch app, i haven’t used it yet but worth a try.

      • Digiadam

        Correct.

        • gamer04

          i wish you could get that “broadcasting: # of viewers” off of full screen mode, it doesn’t’ need to be there, it obstructs the hud on some games, an option to toggle it off, or only pop up temporarily.

          • Digiadam

            Agreed. Quite annoying and could easily cause burn in issues with plasma tvs.

  • http://www.mtlscream.com/ Steve Belisle

    Anyone have an idea how to broadcast with twitch unsnap…. and to use the tablet to see the chat, like Major Nelson said in the video???

  • Christopher Jordan

    First, I have a really good connection. My internet connection is 75 download /25.upload. When getting a recommendation before I cast, it says the best streaming quality is 2500kbps which is better than high. However, when I stream, the quality at times looks perfect, but the video often lags, the quality breaks apart, and the video has to buffer regularly. I have no idea why it is like that. Even when I change my broadcast to low (800 kbps) the video often has to buffer and lags at times.

    Does anyone have any tips I can use to provide a better stream. This has been driving me nuts since the xbox twitch software launched.

    Any help is greatly appreciated. I hope this is something on my end I can fix. It seems other xbox streams run decent, so I figured it was me.

  • Ed Burton

    The activation code isn’t working for me… tried like 10 times. tried reloading the app and refreshing my login. I can’t get the 6-digit code thingy to work :-( help anyone?

  • Lee Jordan

    I followed the instructions and its still not working, i’m in the UK, is the full functionality of the App being held back for us until Titanfall is released over here does anyone know?

 
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