How do I stream games in Windows 10 Creators Update?
Broadcasting games on Beam from your PC is easier than ever thanks to the Windows 10 Creators Update. Instead of having to use third-party software, there's now a streaming tool built right in. All you have to do to start streaming is log into a few apps, launch a game, and click to start the broadcast.
To help you get started on the path of becoming a gaming superstar, here's how to broadcast on Beam in Windows 10 Creators Update.
- How to set up a broadcast for the first time
- Changing broadcast setup overlay settings
- Changing live broadcast overlay settings
- Changing Windows broadcast settings
- How to customize your Beam channel
How to set up a broadcast for the first time
First, you need to ensure your privacy settings allow you to broadcast from your PC. By default, broadcasting should be allowed, but here's how to check.
- Navigate to the Xbox user settings page.
Type your username.
- Click Next.
Type your password.
- Click Sign in.
Click the Xbox One/Windows 10 Online Safety tab.
- Click the Allow button in the Broadcast gameplay section. You might have to scroll down a bit to find it.
Now that your privacy settings will allow you to broadcast, you can start getting things set up.
- Launch the Xbox app from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
- Click Let's play to sign in. You can also switch accounts or add an account if yours is not displayed.
Launch a game or app you want to broadcast.
- Hit the Windows key + G shortcut on your keyboard to bring up the game bar. If you're using a gamepad, you can also hit the Xbox button.
- Click the Broadcast button. A broadcast setup overlay will open containing a bunch of settings for your impending broadcast.
Click Start broadcast when you're ready to start.
Changing broadcast setup overlay settings
This new broadcast setup overlay gives gamers the ability to quickly tweak their stream before going live.
Click the field below Broadcasting window in order to switch between broadcasting just the game or your entire desktop.
Click the checkbox next to Camera on to include a small frame of yourself in the broadcast. This setting can also be toggled when you're already broadcasting.
You can move the camera window around the broadcast window by clicking the field below Camera Position. There's no dropdown menu, so just keep clicking until your camera window is in the right spot. You can choose from:
- Bottom left
- Bottom middle
- Bottom right
- Middle right
- Top right
- Top middle
- Top left
- Middle left
Click the checkbox next to Microphone on to let yourself be heard. This setting can also be toggled when you're already broadcasting.
Changing live broadcast overlay settings
A small window containing a preview of your broadcast will be overlaid on the game you're playing when you're live.
The pause button will temporarily pause your broadcast.
The stop button will put an end to the broadcast and will close the broadcast overlay completely.
The microphone button will enable or disable your microphone. You can tell it's off when there's a small X above it.
The camera button will enable or disable your camera. You can tell it's off when there's a small X above it.
The window button switches between the stream view, the chat view, and the minimized view.
Click and drag the move button to place the overlay anywhere in the game's window. This is essential for not ruining your view if you're playing in windowed mode.
Changing Windows broadcast settings
Windows broadcast settings can be reached one of two ways; you can find it in the standard Windows Settings menu, or you can reach it through the Game Bar broadcast setup overlay by clicking More in Windows settings. Here we will demonstrate the former method.
- Right-click the Start menu.
- Click Gaming.
Here you'll find a bunch of additional performance settings to help make your stream the best it can be.
Click the switch below Record audio when I broadcast so that it turns on to ensure your viewers can hear the game's audio.
Click the dropdown arrow below Record audio when I broadcast and click an audio quality. The recommended option should be good enough, but options are there for lesser or higher quality.
Your microphone and camera can be toggled on and off while you're streaming, but you probably want to leave auto echo cancellation enabled. This cuts down on any looping audio that will make viewers turn off the broadcast in a hurry.
Click and drag the sliders to adjust the game volume and your microphone volume.
Click the switch below Use camera when I broadcast so that it turns On if you want to include yourself in the stream.
Click the dropdown arrow next to Camera and click a camera if you have more than one option.
Click the checkbox next to Capture mouse cursor in broadcasts to toggle whether or not your mouse shows up in the stream.
How to customize your Beam channel
In order to actually customize your Beam channel — things like title, tag, audience restrictions, etc. — you have to visit your channel in a web browser. There's a quick link in the broadcast setup overlay that will take you straight there.
- Click Your channel in the broadcast setup overlay. An Edge window will open.
Click Log In.
- Click Microsoft.
Type your username.
- Click Next.
Type your password and hit Enter on your keyboard.
- Click the avatar in the top-right corner of the window.
Click Manage channel.
From here you can tweak your channel to your heart's content.
Are you broadcasting?
Have you tried broadcasting with the new tool built into Windows 10 Creators Update? How did it go, and where can we find your channel?
For more information about the Creators Update, including more game-related changes, check out Senior Editor Zac Bowden's in-depth review.