Lightstream experiments with Twitch's Xbox app integration, allows streaming with overlays

Lightstream Twitch Xbox Integration
Lightstream Twitch Xbox Integration (Image credit: Lightstream)

What you need to know

  • Lightstream is a popular service used by streamers to edit and add to their streaming experience.
  • Lightstream is now testing an experimental feature that would integrat the service with Twitch's Xbox app.
  • This would not only allow Xbox players to stream to Twitch without a capture card, but would allow for stream overlays as well.
  • It takes a little bit of setting up to do, but any streamers can go and test out this new setup over the course of the next week.

After the death of Mixer, Microsoft's own streaming service, the Xbox gaming platform was left without a viable, integrated streaming service for console players. Lightstream, an extremely popular program used to edit and improve a streaming experience with overlays and more, is looking to solve this problem with their new solution. Using Lightstream's new experimental integration with the Twitch app on Xbox, players can stream to Twitch directly from their Xbox, stream overlays and all.

If you're interested, you can read about the experimental feature on Lightstream's website, but any interested streamer can try out this feature over the course of the next week, albeit after going through a few steps. Streaming to Twitch using Lightstream isn't nearly as painless as streaming to Mixer was, but this is a great alternative, and provides access to Twitch with stream overlays and other features that are normally far more difficult to implement.

This integration with Lightstream brings streaming to Twitch from an Xbox console to a whole new level.

To use Lightstream's new integration with Twitch, do the following:

  1. Head over to Lightstream's website on any non-mobile (i.e., not on your phone) browser.
  2. Use Lightstream's website to personalize your stream the way you want it. Choose from various overlays, alerts, scenes, and much more.
  3. Download the Twitch app (opens in new tab) on your Xbox console. Make sure to login with your Twitch account.
  4. Head over to the Broadcast section, and set your settings. You'll want to make sure Lightstream is set as your stream destination.
  5. You can now start streaming from your Xbox console. Lightstream should automatically go live and set up your stream.
  6. You can also use the remote controls on Lightstream's website to change scenes on the fly.

And that about does it! Are you interested in trying this integration with Lightstream and Twitch? If you have already, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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Zachary Boddy
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  • The video encoder/decoder of Xbox Series X also has support for 4K and 8K AVC and HEVC/VP9 decoding, with AVC (H.264) and HEVC (H.265) encoding support. That should allow for improved streaming capabilities for anyone that wants to broadcast their latest gaming exploits.
  • used it on mixer. was a decent experience, 720p top end bit blurry. I have gigabit internet so that was not an issue. better then app alone, less then a streaming box.
  • The user would still be streaming with an i3 equivalent processor. But this sounds promising for next gen.