Start your own livestream on Twitch with our full guide

Gaming isn't just about playing alone, with a few friends on the couch, or even with people all over the world in an online competition anymore. Now with applications like Twitch, gaming is starting to become more about sharing your experience in front of an audience. The crazy thing is, with new-gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One, livestreaming your gameplay to the thousands of viewers is easier than ever.

New to this livestreaming thing? Not sure exactly where to start? Not to worry, we've got you covered. In this article we'll show you how to set up your first livestream on Twitch using the Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Then, once you're all set up, you can start broadcasting yourself to the world, and maybe even make some money doing it.

Start here

Before you select your platform, be sure to set up your Twitch account. From your computer, head over to and sign up for an account. Just click on the sign up button in the top right of the screen and fill out your info. Next, if you want to save your videos on your channel, go to your settings on Twitch and click on the Channel and Videos tab, then check the "Automatically archive my broadcasts" box in the Archive Broadcasts section. All set? Now go ahead and click on the platform you will be streaming from.

How to livestream to Twitch on Xbox One

How to livestream to Twitch on PS4

How to livestream to Twitch on PC

Not sure if you're doing this right? Here's some livestreaming tips from a pro.


  • PervasiveBurn - August 7, 2014 6:22 a.m.

    Doesnt work with visual boy advanced. :( I guess people can watch me play minecraft at 2fps.
  • g1rldraco7 - June 7, 2014 2:35 a.m.

    Finally I can start doing livestreams, maybe tuesday when Lucas use to do them.
  • JMarsella09 - June 6, 2014 6:56 p.m.

    Of course, none of this works if you have a Mac. Yay... I hate my computer...
  • daniel-prewitt - January 11, 2014 12:28 a.m.

    How do you set up a stream on gta v
  • chambies2015 - March 11, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    When i open Xsplit, i try to log in and it says failed to connect to xsplit servers, nesscary for first login.
  • brickman409 - June 21, 2012 10:09 p.m.

    on the internet, no one knows your a dog
  • FiggisFiddis - December 10, 2013 3:40 a.m.

  • GOD - June 6, 2014 8:46 p.m.

    You knew?... Then how did you know?!
  • regalado7 - June 21, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    Is that a dog playing Minecraft? lol
  • GR_SophiaTong - June 21, 2012 2:39 p.m.

    Yeah... mine. lol.
  • McSpermie - June 21, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    Damn I only got a mb of upload, guess I won't be streaming any time soon.
  • GR_SophiaTong - June 21, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    You still can, just won't be as good.
  • oryanbelt - June 21, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    I had a big smile when I saw this article. Been going to JTV/Twitch since I saw E3 hosted on its site a couple years back. If you made a in-depth guide on optimizing stream settings (bit rates, quality, types of capture cards) for various platforms, internet, or PC specs; I believe it would be very informative and helpful.

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