Mixer

Here's how to stream your Xbox games on Microsoft's Mixer (formerly Beam) live-streaming service.

What on earth is Mixer, you ask? You thought everyone streamed on Twitch or YouTube? A relative upstart in the streaming game was scooped up by Microsoft and suddenly found itself in the limelight. And Microsoft recently changed the name of the service to Mixer.

You might find yourself wondering how to get started with it, and how to share your Xbox One games (other consoles are also available) with the world. Well, you have two options: You can share directly from the console, or by using additional hardware and software for a more customized broadcast.

That hardware will be a capture card, such as the Elgato HD60S and your PC, as well as some broadcasting software. Two of the most popular options are Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) which is free, and XSplit, which requires a subscription for the full feature set.

You'll also need to sign up for a free account on the Mixer website. You can either sign up using your email or login with Twitter, Discord or your Microsoft Account.

Updated June 6, 2017: We added information on broadcasting from Xbox One, co-streaming, the rebrand to Mixer and fresh images to match the latest user interface.

How to stream on Mixer from the Xbox One

This one's easy, but you have to have your Microsoft Account and your Mixer account linked if you signed up in the old days of Beam.

While you're inside any game on your console, simply press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide. Scroll down to the broadcast tab and select broadcast your game.

You have some simple options to deal with first, such as naming your stream and setting up your audio and camera if you're using a Kinect. Hit start broadcast when you're ready, and off you go.

How to stream on Mixer using OBS

  1. On your Mixer dashboard select manage channel from the sidebar menu on the right-hand side of the screen.

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  2. Select Setup stream from the screen that displays.

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  3. When asked what you're using to stream, select OBS. (The best server should be selected automatically based on location and latency, but you can change this here.)

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  4. Next, copy your stream key from the highlighted box.

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    That's what you need to do on the Mixer website. Next, you should fire up your broadcasting software, in this case, OBS Studio.

  5. Select Settings in OBS Studio.

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  6. Select the Stream tab on the left sidebar.

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  7. Select beam.pro from the dropdown box for desired streaming service.
  8. In the box below paste the stream key you copied from your Mixer dashboard.

How to stream on Mixer using XSplit

If you're using XSplit Broadcaster to stream, the latest versions of the app support Mixer natively. Just be aware that in XSplit, Mixer is still referred to as Beam and it has the old logo because it hasn't been updated, at least not at the time of this writing.

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  1. In XSplit Broadcaster select Extensions.
  2. Scroll down and select Get more extensions.
  3. In the Plugin Store you see, click on the Show Outputs button.
  4. Select Beam.
  5. To add Mixer chat, select Show Sources in the Plugin Store.
  6. Select Beam Chat Viewer.

You now have native support for streaming to Mixer added to XSplit. From here it's very easy to set up your stream:

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  1. In XSplit Broadcaster, go to the Outputs menu.
  2. Scroll down to Set up a new output, and then select Beam.
  3. In the window that appears, click Authorize.
  4. You'll now be taken to Mixer to log in with your account information.
  5. Once you're all logged in, go to the Outputs menu again.
  6. Click on the settings cog next to your account.
  7. The settings menu will now open allowing you to customize your output, including audio and video bitrate, as well as name your stream.

That's all there is to it. These basic steps will help you set up your Mixer account for streaming, but there are other things to consider, such as bitrate. Mixer recommends what you should use in your dashboard, in our case it's showing as 720p, 30 frames per second (FPS), and a maximum 2,500 Kbps bitrate. You'll need to take these into account in your broadcast software as you set up your stream. A lot of this will depend on your broadband upload speed and consistency.

How to stream games on Mixer using FTL

FTL stands for "Faster Than Light," and it's Mixer's latest technology that promises sub-second latency on your streams. That means almost no delay between you and your audience, and Mixer is all about interactivity.

FTL is still a work in progress but you can try it out for yourselves using XSplit, Elgato Game Capture or a custom version of OBS Studio known as Tachyon. If you're interested, we have a guide to getting set up.

How to stream on Mixer using FTL

How to 'co-stream' on Mixer

"Co-streaming" is one of the best features to arrive along with the relaunch of Beam as Mixer. It means you and up to three other people can stream at the same time and broadcast through one channel. For example, if you're all playing on the same team in a first person shooter such as Battlefield 1 or Destiny, you can all show a different point of view while also broadcasting your party chats. It's insane!

The set up can be a bit involved, but we have a comprehensive guide with everything you need to know.

How to start a co-stream on Mixer

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