Tired of being forced to use a Kinect on your Xbox One when streaming? Well, that will be a thing of the past very soon. And if you’re a member of the Xbox Insider Alpha ring, it will be even sooner. Mixer, Microsoft’s stream platform, has sent word that USB webcam support will be available for Alpha Ring members.
“At Mixer, we’re continuously impressed by the number of gamers embracing and enjoying the easy-to-use broadcasting that Mixer offers on Xbox One – and are equally enthusiastic about our journey ahead with fans. We’ve heard from many who have broadcasted for the very first time, as well as those who love being able to share gameplay with friends over Xbox Live regularly. One piece of feedback commonly heard is around using an existing USB webcam to share video image alongside your gameplay (similar to using the Kinect camera today). Your feedback is key, and we’re making that request a reality—but we need your help!
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!”
They go on to mention that the webcam will only be able to capture video, not voice. So those who have access to this will need to use a headset or microphone to record your voice.
Sadly, I’m still in the beta ring, so I can’t test this out just. But I’m happy to see that this is finally happening. This has been something that streamers have been asking for, for a while now. Since this is currently in the alpha ring, hopefully, it won’t be too long before we see this being pushed live.