Microsoft Insider update returns Twitch streaming on Xbox dashboard
Twitch streaming integration will be reintroduced directly into the Xbox dashboard by Microsoft. In 2014, Twitch was first integrated directly into the Xbox One dashboard, using the original Snap interface to allow players to stream directly to the service. It's making a comeback in the Xbox Guide, with similar integration and webcam support.
Microsoft announced in its Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha and Skip-Ahead alpha Xbox testers can access the new integration right now, and it’s simple to use. With an overlay on top of your games, you can adjust the game or microphone volume, include party audio from friends, and see a list of viewers and how long you've been streaming.
The Twitch integration also allows users to switch between resolutions and bitrates, ranging from 360p at 500kbps to 1080p at 6500kbps. USB webcams are also supported by Microsoft, and most plug-and-play models should work as a camera for Twitch streaming.
Users can use the new Twitch streaming feature by going to the "Capture and Share" tab and selecting "Live streaming." To begin streaming gameplay, they have to connect their Twitch account via a mobile device or console settings, then press the "Go live now" button. "This feature only streams gameplay, so if the user navigates to home or another app, viewers will see a pause screen," Microsoft explains.
The Xbox Cloud Gaming beta is also available to Insiders who are still using an Xbox One and want to play Xbox Series X/S titles or games that require more hardware.
Twitch has its own Xbox app, but integration into the dashboard is a welcome return after Microsoft removed the Snap feature and Twitch integration from the dashboard in 2017. We expect the new Twitch integration to be widely released in the coming months after Microsoft has thoroughly tested it with Xbox testers.