Beam broadcast on Xbox One

How to broadcast games with Beam on Xbox One

Microsoft's Beam on Xbox One lets anyone stream games online — Here's how to start broadcasting on Xbox.

On the Creators Update, Xbox One gets a slew of new features and changes to focus on performance, users, competition, streaming, and just getting things done a lot faster. One of these new improvement is the integration of Beam to let you stream your favorite games with the world. 

The popularity of game streaming has been growing at a fast rate in the past few years, and while there are services like Twitch and YouTube Gaming, Microsoft’s Beam not only lets gamers broadcast or watch their favorite streams, but the service also gives them the ability to interact and play along together.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to start broadcasting your favorite games using Beam on Xbox One. (You can use this guide to configure and use Beam on Windows 10.)

How to Beam broadcast on Xbox One

  1. Press the Guide button on Xbox One.

  2. Scroll down and press the Beam streaming button.

  3. Select Broadcast your game.

  4. Choose whether you want your microphone, camera, and chat turn on during the broadcast.

    Beam broadcast
    Beam broadcast
  5. Select Move broadcast overlay if you want to change the location for the camera and overlay.

    Beam broadcast change overlay position
    Beam broadcast change overlay position
  6. Press Start broadcast to start broadcasting your favorite game.

Once you completed the steps, you will be instantly streaming your favorite game live on Beam.

How to access Beam broadcasting settings on Xbox One

You can access even more settings, doing the following:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Preferences.

    Xbox One Preferences settings
    Xbox One Preferences settings
  3. Click on Broadcasting.

    Xbox One Broadcasting settings
    Xbox One Broadcasting settings

In this page you can change your video and audio quality, system volume, and other options.

If you can’t find Beam on Xbox One, it’s probably because you’re not running the Xbox One Creators Update. Select members of the Xbox Insider Preview program can broadcast using the Beam app starting build 15038 and later.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and