Streaming to Twitch on Xbox

Streaming on a console is a simple and easy way to start out streaming. All you need is your Xbox, a controller and your headset. An Xbox Kinect can be used as a face camera and microphone, but is not required to stream.

  1. Go the Xbox Store and search Twitch.
  2. Download and install the Twitch App.
  3. Launch the Twitch App.
  4. If you do not already have a Twitch account, create a Twitch account and login to the account on the app.
  5. Select the Broadcast option from the menu. A broadcast preview window will open.
  6. Edit your broadcast title. Your game will automatically update to whatever game you are playing. If you switch games mid-stream, the Twitch app will stop streaming and you will likely have to relaunch it.
  7. If you have an Xbox Kinect, you can use it as a webcam and microphone to show your face on stream. All of the related Kinect options can be changed by selecting the Settings option. This includes placement of the facecam within the stream. These settings can only be edited when you are not broadcasting.
  8. If you are not using the Kinect as a microphone, make sure your headset is plugged into your controller, so that your can comment on your game-play.
  9. Select the Start Broadcast to start your stream. 


I recommend using a Laptop to view your Twitch stream and read chat. Snapping the Twitch app reduces the area of the screen where you’d normally play your games.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is my stream so “laggy”?

A: If your experiencing a lot of lag, your internet connect is likely not fast enough to handle the video quality from your stream. You can change your Broadcast Quality in the settings, which should help reduce some of the lag.

Additionally, if your Xbox is hard-wired to the internet, unplug the ethernet cable and  attempt to try streaming using WIFI or vice-versa.

Q: Why can I no longer snap the Twitch App to the side of the screen so that it stays open?

If you are involved in the Xbox Preview program you will be unable to snap Twitch to the side of the screen. Snapping applications is reportedly disabled in all preview builds.