Windows 10’s Creators Update added a new live game-streaming feature. You can broadcast your gameplay in real time to your friends without any additional software.
Before starting a live stream, you can configure your game broadcasting settings by heading to Settings > Gaming > Broadcasting in Windows.
The default settings should work fine, but your microphone and webcam are disabled by default, and won’t be included in the stream. Here’s what the various options do:
To start broadcasting, fire up the game you want to play, and then press Windows+G to open the the Game Bar. Click the “Broadcast” button on the game bar. You can also press Windows+Alt+B to immediately activate this feature.
These hotkeys can be customized on the Settings > Gaming > Game bar pane.
The Broadcast setup dialog appears. You’re shown your Xbox Live gamertag and your Mixer channel. You can choose whether or not to include audio from your microphone and video from your webcam here, too. To view the address of your channel where other people can watch you, click the “Your channel” link. This opens your channel’s web page, which you can then share with anyone you want.
To start streaming, click “Start broadcast.”
While broadcasting, you’ll see a status window appear over the game.
From left to right, the status indicators confirm you’re recording live, show the number of viewers you have at the moment, and count how long you’ve been streaming. The buttons allow you to pause and resume your stream, stop broadcasting, toggle your microphone on or off, and toggle your webcam on or off. The final two buttons allow you to view the chat messages associated with your channel and drag the status window to a different location on your screen.
You can view the web address of your Mixer channel by clicking the “Your channel” link in the Broadcast setup dialog. Your channel has the same name as your Xbox gamertag name. So, when you click the link, you’ll be taken to the page with an address like this:
Give this address to your friends or anyone else who you want to share your gameplay with. Anyone who visits the page can watch your stream live and chat with other viewers.
Microsoft’s Mixer isn’t quite as full featured as a third-party option like Twitch yet. While Microsoft clearly wants Mixer to be a destination, most people are searching for things to watch on Twitch or YouTube Live. But Mixer works well and is built right in to Windows 10, so it’s really convenient for beginner streamers to start broadcasting.
Support for broadcasting on Mixer is also built into the Xbox One. While playing a game, press the Xbox button on your controller and head to Broadcast and Capture > Broadcast > Start broadcast to get started.