Xbox users can once again stream to Twitch directly from the console dashboard, five years after Microsoft removed the feature.

Xbox announced the imminent return of Twitch integration in a blog post and promised that streaming Xbox games is now easier than ever.

Players simply need to press the Xbox home button, shift along to the “Capture and Share” tab, hit “Live Streaming”, and with just one further button press they’ll be live on Twitch.

An options menu allows users to edit the stream title, manage game and microphone audio levels, toggle party chat on and off, and manually set resolution and bitrate. The stream will automatically pause whenever the player switches games.

Microsoft removed Twitch integration from the Xbox One in 2017 in a bid to push its own streaming platform, Mixer, but despite a strong effort to draw people in – which included streaming powerhouse Ninja signing exclusivity to the platform – it was shut down in 2020 and its userbase shifted to Facebook Gaming.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer said at the time that making Mixer successful was an uphill battle from the beginning.

Twitch streaming from the Xbox One or Series consoles has been possible in the meantime, of course, through the Twitch app, but Xbox promises this new integration is the best way to stream from the platform.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.

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