It’s coming! Twitch broadcasting heading to Xbox One this March
Having launched without Twitch broadcasting, Xbox One users are finally set to receive the feature next month allowing gamers to stream gameplay from their console to Twitch. The feature will be added to an update for the console next month bringing with it the ability to live stream video games, join in on games with broadcasters, initiate game broadcasts with voice commands, archive game clips and watch Twitch streams broadcast from any device. Along with streaming games from the console, users will also be able to use the Kinect sensor to broadcast from their living room.
“It’s complete integration,” said Emmett Shear, co-founder and CEO of Twitch. “It’s exciting because we’ve never had the ability to broadcast from a console like this with such a deep level of integration. The concept of being able to join a broadcasters’ party is really cool, and it’s another step in the direction of interacting more closely with broadcasters.”
The PlayStation 4 launched with Twitch functionality, however it is restricted so that PS4 owners can only watch streams from other PS4 streamers and not those streaming from another platform. The Xbox One will allow you to watch streams from any platform, not just those using Xbox One.
On allowing Xbox One users to view any stream, Microsoft’s vice president of marketing and strategy for Xbox Yusuf Mehd stated, “That’s a very certain type of experience, For us, we thought that was too limiting for what our fans would want. Our fans really want the full next-gen service, so that’s why we decided to take our time, do it right and have it come out in this fashion.”
“This will open up the social aspect of Xbox One in a new way,” Mehdi said. “The community of Twitch is huge, and this allows us to type into that, and frankly do something that’s never been done before on consoles. You’ll be able to broadcast to any device and consume anyone’s broadcast from any device. It’s a console experience unique to the Xbox One.”
The update is scheduled to launch alongside Titanfall which releases March 11 in North America and March 14 in Europe.
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