Live streaming video games has taken the world by storm. Who would have thought watching other people play video games would have become so popular? I remember visiting friends’ houses back in the Super Nintendo days where we only had one controller or no multiplayer games and we would take turns playing games. When it wasn’t your turn it almost devastating waiting for the other person to die. Then if they died too quickly it nearly turned into a brawl when they decided they get another turn. It would break out into an all out war nearly every time yet somehow the rest of the world has turned to watching other’s play video games as a new hobby. I don’t quite get it but there’s no arguing with it. It’s here to stay.
Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is the leading PC program for streaming your game-play from your PC or console to Twitch or Beam. Honestly, if you don’t know about OBS, you probably don’t need this guide yet. If you didn’t know, your Xbox One can stream directly from the console with the Twitch or Beam apps; using your Kinect as a camera. That’s generally the jumping off point for most people. Today we’re going beyond that and showing you how to stream to your PC with OBS and taking it directly to Twitch/Beam. This will give you a lot more options for your stream including using a custom overlay, showing donations/followers on your screen, and even allowing you to use a better camera, should you have one.
Up until recently the only way to do this was with a capture card like the Elgato HD60 or HD60 Pro. Well, you’ll still need one if you want to steam your Xbox 360, Playstation 4, or any older hardware. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to pick one up because the workaround we’re going to provide you with relies on Xbox’s app servers and will cause a little more latency in your stream (not much but Xbox’s app server could cause drops in speed at any time without warning). If you don’t have the extra $140-180 laying around – you probably won’t mind the slight lag at all. I know my first test stream seemed to have zero issues (but I didn’t stream that long so there could be more hiccups in an endurance stream).
How to Record in 4K
First off, to prime your Xbox One X for 4K GameDVR captures you have to toggle the option under your console’s settings.
1. Press the Home Button on your Controller and scroll Left to the Settings Icon
2. Once in Settings go to Preferences
3. Under Preferences highlight Broadcast and Capture
4. Once in Broadcast and Capture make sure to toggle on the Allow Broadcasts and Captures Setting and then select the Game Clip Resolution box.5. You can now choose the resolution to record in, so if you want 4K captures choose 4K HDR or 4K HDRHow to Record Longer Clips
You’ll see that you can only record 30 seconds max using the 4K resolution, but don’t worry, you can actually capture up to an hour of 4K gameplay footage if you use an external USB 3.0 HDD formatted with the NTFS filesystem. To do so grab a compatible USB drive and plug it into a Windows PC and format it with NTFS. To format it, right-click the drive in Windows and then choose Format. You can do a quick format, just make sure the file system is set to NTFS. You may be able to format it directly on the Xbox One X too when you set it up to be the capture drive, but I didn’t test that method.
1. Now that you have a viable USB external drive for captures just plug it into the Xbox One X and return to the same Settings menu from above.
2. In the bottom most box under Broadcast and Captures you can choose the capture drive location. Drop down the menu and choose your external drive.3. You can also toggle your USB drive to be the capture location from Settings>Storage.
4. Now that your drive is setup you have to do manual recordings from within a game to get them to be an hour long.
5. To do a manual recording hit the Home button, then the double-square button or what we all used to call the Select button, and choose the option that allows you to Record From Now.
6. Once you’re done recording you can take your USB drive to a Mac or PC to work with the 4K gameplay capture files. Please note that on a Mac you will have to re-encode them using a program like Handbrake to view them, but the files remain in 4K.
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Step 3: Set up OBS
You’re basically there but we’ve go to get OBS set up correctly.
Optional: Add your overlay and your camera set up. For your overlay simply add a new “Source/BrowserSource” and add the url your generator gave you. For your camera add a new “Display Capture” and select your camera.
Next; Add a Display Capture and choose the monitor you’re displaying the Xbox app on. This is easier with two monitors but you only need one. You’ll just see an endless abyss of capture until you minimize OBS.
The endless abyss!