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Twitch integration returns to Xbox consoles

Microsoft went through a lot of changes during the Xbox One generation, from leadership shakeups, to platform overhauls and major acquisitions. While the Xbox One launched with Twitch integration, allowing users to stream straight from their console dashboard, those features were removed and replaced by Mixer integration in 2017. Now, Twitch integration is returning to the Xbox dashboard. 

At launch, being able to stream directly to services like Twitch from a console was a big marketing point for the Xbox One. Microsoft eventually acquired a streaming service of its own – Mixer, which went on to get full dashboard integration on Xbox One. You could still stream to Twitch from an Xbox One console, but you would have to set it all up from within the Twitch app, as dashboard integration was swapped out in favour of Mixer.

Mixer has since shut down, with Facebook Gaming picking up the remnants of the service. Now, in an effort to make game streaming easier on Xbox consoles, Twitch integration is returning to the Xbox dashboard. The feature began testing in October 2021, and is now rolling out on Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One consoles officially.

After the update, Xbox users will be available to link their Twitch account to the console. Then, you'll be able to head to the ‘Capture and Share' tab on the Xbox dashboard and immediately begin a stream and adjust your stream options, like resolution, bit-rate, a stream overlay, audio mix etc. You'll also be able to add a facecam with ease, as the Xbox console supports most USB webcams.

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KitGuru Says: I really liked the initial Twitch integration and snap features that launched with Xbox One. Now, we seem to be getting at least some of that functionality back, which is particularly necessary now that Microsoft no longer has Mixer under its wing. 

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