With game streaming pretty popular these days and becoming easier for gamers with onboard programs, PC streamers still have a leg up over console streamers. Currently, on the Xbox One, you can stream via Twitch or Mixer but unless you have a Kinect sensor, you’re out of luck for streaming video of yourself as a number of streamers tend to do. That’s changing as Mixer announced that they are testing Xbox One USB webcam support in the Xbox Insider Preview Alpha Ring.
Starting today, support for USB webcams on Xbox One arrives for Xbox Insiders (Preview Alpha Ring)—including the ability to plug in and use them for broadcasting on Mixer! Those within the Alpha Ring of the Xbox Insider program will see this functionality as early as today, and rolling out to more Insiders in the coming weeks. Help us test this feature and get it ready for prime time by plugging in your USB webcams and giving feedback on your experiences. Don’t forget Xbox Insiders, you’ll need to report your feedback through the console specifically rather than Mixer support channels. We won’t release this feature broadly until we’re confident in the experience, so the more webcams we can get testing on, the better!
One thing that Mixer does note, however, is that even though you’ll be able to connect a USB webcam to your Xbox One for game streaming, it will be limited to video capture. The reasoning, according to Mixer, is because “many ‘off the shelf’ USB webcams do not offer echo cancellation.” So if you want to use a USB webcam with your Xbox One streaming, you’ll still need to use a headset with a microphone for voice functionality.
The new functionality rolled out a few days ago for those on the Alpha Ring. If you’re not currently signed up for the Xbox Preview program, download the Xbox Insider Hub app from the Store on your Xbox One console and sign up to test new updates before they roll out to everyone.
Last Updated on September 23, 2017.