If you’ve been going hard on your new Xbox Series X and you’re starting to get pretty good then you may have thought about streaming. It can be a really fun way to share your gameplay and build a community of like minded gamers.
It’s actually easier than you may think to Stream from your Xbox Series X. Let’s jump in and take a look at how you can get set up.
Best Streaming Setup for Xbox Series X
With your Console, you have two easy options that will let you stream your gaming content almost instantly. Each of those choices comes with pros and cons. You can read both options and follow the one that you want for your Twitch channel.
Method 1: Streaming with a Capture Card
This way is one of the straightforward methods that you can use with your Xbox Series X. The only complicated “thing” is to acquire one of these devices in your house. You’ll need to buy one from Amazon and wait for it to arrive at your doorstep. Some of the best options in the market come from Elgato, AVerMedia, and Razer.
Once you have one of these devices in your possession, you’ll need to plug things up. First of all, your HDMI from the Xbox Series X will plug into the Capture Card. Afterward, another cable connects the device to your Television and your Computer.
When done correctly, you will have a “feed” awaiting on your computer. In other words, you will see the gameplay of your video game in both places at the same time. One in the Television/Monitor and the other in your Computer.
Our recommended capture card is the Elgato HD60S.
Once you have hooked up your capture from your Xbox to your computer you will need to install a software to stream to a platform like Twitch or Youtube.
Programs like Streamlabs OBS will take the gameplay from your Xbox Series X and send it to your streaming platform of choice. Still, though, to start your streaming journey, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Create a Twitch Account and link it with Streamlabs OBS.
- Download Streamlabs OBS on your computer and run it.
- In “Sources,” click on the “+” button and add the “Video Capture Device” source.
- Set the location and window size of your Video Capture.
- Add more elements to the scene if needed.
Pros and Cons of using a Capture Card for Steaming
One of the fantastic features of a Capture Card is the additional customization in your scene. Furthermore, if you’re using a computer to configure your stream, you can add/remove different windows. For example, you can even share Youtube videos with your viewers.
Furthermore, you can get more control with your chatroom. Therefore, you won’t need too many moderators to keep the peace with your viewers.
The negative side is that you’ll need to invest some money to set up things correctly. Getting a laptop/computer and a Capture Card might be too expensive for a beginner streamer. Still, though, you don’t need a powerful gaming PC to run things and stream without issues as your Xbox will be doing the heavy lifting.
If you are streaming from you computer you will also need some other items to get the most out of your setup. Checkout our Best Streaming Setup Under $100.
Method 2: Streaming Directly from Your Xbox Series X
If you feel like getting a Capture Card is too much of a burden, you can actually stream from your Xbox Series X directly. The Console itself gives you all to tools to start your streaming career and share your gameplay. Before we begin, you’ll need to set the Xbox Series X properly.
Configure your webcam (sold separately), select what speaker/headphones to use and the microphone. Lastly, connect your Console with an Ethernet Cable (This will ensure your stream runs smoothly). Once you have everything in place, you can follow these steps:
- Browse in the Microsoft Store and look for the Twitch app.
- Download the Twitch app, run it, and Create an Account/Sign In within the Application.
- Collect the streaming code and use it to connect a mobile device or PC with your Console.
- Customize your stream to your liking with the multiple options that Twitch provides
- Start Streaming when you get everything in place.
Pros and Cons of Using your Console for Streaming
One of the good sides is the choice to stream your gameplay without too many complications. You’ll need the Console running, and you’re good to go. As a result, you only need to invest in the Xbox Series X and configure your Twitch Account.
Moreover, since you can use the Console for Streaming, you can pretty much stream from anywhere (outside of your house) and share your video game sessions. Last but not least, you can use your phone to view the Twitch chat and interact with your viewers.
On the negative side, sometimes developers restrict or forbid scenes of their games or Streaming at all. When you’re using the Console, they have all the power to limit your streaming capabilities. Furthermore, since you’re using one device, the Xbox Series X might use additional resources to stream. In other words, you could see some lag when you are streaming.
Ultimately if you just want to jump on and stream for a couple of friends using the built in streaming features of the Xbox Series X is the way to go. However if you want to take streaming seriously and start building an audience then you should go with the more professional setup with a dedicated capture card and PC.
If you’re ready to get started and want a good budget streaming setup check out our best streaming setup under $100.
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