Xbox One finally gets Twitch streaming on March 11 -- Right in time for Titanfall

"It's complete integration," says Twitch CEO Emmett Shear.

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[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Microsoft officially announced through the Xbox Wire that Twitch streaming support for Xbox One will arrive on March 11. A video of Twitch broadcasting on Xbox One is also now available below.

The original story is below.

Xbox One owners will finally be able to stream their gameplay sessions through Twitch next month. Gameplay streaming--and a host of other new features--will be added to the existing spectate-only Xbox One Twitch app on March 11 alongside Respawn Entertainment's much-hyped multiplayer shooter Titanfall.

"It's complete integration," Twitch CEO Emmett Shear told the Associated Press. You'll also need an Xbox Live Gold subscription($60/year) to stream via Twitch.

Twitch users on Xbox One will be able to live stream their gameplay sessions, initiate broadcasts via Kinect, archive game clips, and watch streams from a multitude of devices, including the PlayStation 4. Previously, Xbox One users could only spectate Twitch streams and record and upload content via Microsoft's own Upload Studio.

PS4 owners have been able to broadcast gameplay via Twitch since launch in November. According to Microsoft VP of marketing and strategy for Xbox Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft wasn't willing to ship a product until the company knew it would meet player expectations, even if it meant a delay.

"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," Mehdi said. "This will open up the social aspect of Xbox One in a new way."

"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," Mehdi added. "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."

Twitch has been a hit on the PS4. The company said a whopping 20 percent of its broadcasts between December 23-January 3 came PS4 owners. In addition, more than 1.7 million Twitch streams have come through the PS4 since launch in November.

Are you psyched for Twitch streaming support on Xbox One? Do you plan to use it to broadcast your Titanfall sessions? Let us know in the comments below.

Discussion

67 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

This is  good news.  Twitch is undoubtedly the best way to get a true feel of what it's like to actually play a game, far better than the pre-rendered cut-scenes or short gameplay snippets we get now.

Being able to see XBOX ONE games played by real gamers can only be good for the whole community.

cleanfun
cleanfun

Why would anyone sit around and watch someone play a game on twitch, rather than go play themselves?

kingofda_jungle
kingofda_jungle

Is this innovation or simply following the leader? Microsoft still just doesn't get it... with its attack on companies like Wal-Mart, gamestop, Verizon and literally countless others just a few more Ups,FedEx and Technicolor.. this is not a fight that will be won with gimmicks or a fight to be won by simply emulating what brings sonys ps4 success... let me give you an idea of what Microsoft is up against, the companies I just named plus those who go unmentioned in this post EMPLOY OR SERVICE ALMOST THE ENTIRE WORLD, so many people it would be easier to name who they dont directly employ or service... it doesn't matter how much money you spend on advertisements such as this, because thats all it is btw... sony has diverted its stock and focus to Japan and Microsoft saw that as a opportunity to snatch up a few of the console stragglers while daddies away... sad really... but anyway like I was saying it doesn't matter how many super bowl commercials you had if when I go to gamestop or wal mart the clerk tell me NOT TO BUY IT... Microsoft should apologize to its victims (people that bought the xbox one) and SHUT IT DOWN... you lost.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Cool. Maybe this generation I'll be tempted to actually go on Twitch for a change. Not actually ever used it for more than five minutes.

Tommi88
Tommi88

meanwhile on ps4: Thief 1080p 10fps, what a joke.

Pewbert
Pewbert

I wonder how much EA have paid Gamespot to mention Titanfall at least once a day.

zoopsat
zoopsat

Alright so they 1 upped the PS4 with this, hope the PS4 gets these features soon. 

thegamer00
thegamer00

Looks better than PS4.  So many new features like archiving, joining games, 10 lines of chat, able to view any Twitch broadcast including those on PC and PS4.  Full integration is awesome.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

My guess is Twitch has been ready for a while and it was held back to coincide with the release of TitanFall. Minor updates surely have been applied in the meantime, so they don't lie if they say they were working on It.

Just look at the announcements this week. Price drops, bundles and new features all just in time for THE game that could potentially sell a lot of Xbox One consoles.

This is a purposefully set of coordinated announcements to keep Microsoft in the headlines all throughout the week(s) leading up to the TitanFall launch.

It's a great plan, but also laughable because of the reasons they are executing it this way. People are so gullible to marketing... Including myself...except in the case of Xbox One. Microsoft still has a lot of work to do before they convince me to buy another Xbox console.

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

You can say 720p and this stuff, but Microsoft is getting some nice humility and it's assuming the errors (and fixing), Titanfall, PvsZ Garden Warfare (Nice 78 out 100), Quantum Break, Halo 5, Sunset Overdrive, D4, Project Sparks and more to be announced at E3, in exclusives Xbox One is with a great advantage. We're seeing updates all the times, so I think Microsoft is doing great at Xbox One, keep up!

stealth_beast34
stealth_beast34

whats different from the ps4 version yes you can join the broadcasters party but you can't interact with his/her game while on ps4 some games you can so both have their own unique features

gottago42
gottago42

Twitch is good on my PS4 and it looks to be better on the Xbox One can't wait till March 11 for TitanFall and twitch on my Xbox One

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

I had a feeling Microsoft might have this feature ready by Titanfall's launch.  It will be a lot of fun to broadcast Titanfall gameplay.

dbene
dbene

Does Machinima do casting and all that as well or is it simply a video site?


I am ignorant on these facts cause I dont' watch a lot of game videos. I much prefer actually playing games as opposed to watching someone else play a game. 

Tommi88
Tommi88

twitch on ps4 is limited compared to this.

""It's complete integration," Twitch CEO Emmett Shear told the AP. "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.""

EddieDominguez
EddieDominguez

Nice. I just got an Elgato so I think I will prefer the traditional method of streaming via PC. I wonder if this feature will capture in game audio though.

dnathug
dnathug

Nice I was wondering when it was coming. 

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

well my mate will be happy now he can finnaly stream his gameplay

I wonder if they could make a twitch app for PS3/360/WiiU as well

thomasn7
thomasn7

Awesome , can't wait to try this out.

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

The problem with YouTube is that every untalented, uninteresting person wants to be famous while quality content is eclipsed by 12 year olds with FRAPS. I feel like this is what's going to happen to Twitch now. Sure, this is maybe going to broaden the horizons for a few talented individuals, but really this is Pandora's Box full of eager children waiting to spill out and stream MineCraft.

sorrowsrevenge
sorrowsrevenge

He meant they are adding stuff that is not on PS4. No I won't be using it. Who wants to watch when you can di

Daian
Daian

"You'll also need an Xbox Live Gold subscription($60/year) to stream via Twitch."


Ah yes, the infamous bullshit paywall in front of things that you either already paid for or should be free.


""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," Mehdi added" 


Soooo, he's just ignoring the PS4 being able to do that since November at this point, huh? This is getting sadder and sadder everyday.

cvantu
cvantu

@kingofda_jungle oh, the logic of a typical rant of a moron. In your logic, if Microsoft provides something that a competitor offers, then it is "emulating/copying," and if they provide something new, then it is nothing more than a "gimmick". Basically, whatever they do, it's always a lose for them. Regardless, what the hell are you even talking about? I guess it was all cool when Sony paid retailers to not carry Sega Saturns, or paid to keep games like Final Fantasy and GTA exclusive. Sony fans just amaze me with their relentless illogical rhetoric.


In the case of Twitch, maybe Sony should be emulating Microsoft on this one considering Xbox One is offering the entire Twitch experience and then some.

b00me
b00me

@Tommi88 And I just watched a 15 minute gameplay of Infamous:SS, not one single character shadow in that game. Even when the player was standing directly in front of a car with its headlights on, the character did not cast a shadow. Moving through a fully lit tunnel and the player didn't have any shadows. Maybe it's just me but it looked odd. The gameplay looked fun and solid though, and the setting was great.


Is this the trade off to reach 1080p in games, things that break immersion in a game aren't as important as resolution?

cvantu
cvantu

@Hvac0120 like how people are gullible about how Sony is caring about gamers, loves gamers, and would like to tuck them in bed at night? That was also a marketing strategy that very well worked. Amazing how it all works out.

b00me
b00me

@cherublvl99 It seems like MS getting punched in the face by Sony last year made them realize they actually have to compete this generation. This is why competition is good, gamers benefit.

StHapns247
StHapns247

@EddieDominguez  Yes, it will capture the game audio and chat audio if you want. The Elgato can be configured to stream directly to Twitch as well. Barring any sort of quality issues, it sounds like the Xbox One integrated app will be much less cumbersome to operate than the Elgato which requires you to activate it manually on a dedicated PC.

cvantu
cvantu

@GrenadeLauncher both systems were rushed. If it wasn't obvious to you or anyone else, then they (including yourself) are morons.

fillup0
fillup0

@MajinSquall  Definitely not for the PS3 and 360, more than likely not for the Wii U. The PS4 and Xbone are designed around capturing footage and/or streaming from the ground up.

dbene
dbene

@CriticalCritic  


maybe I am missing something but what exactly is the talent involved in a using a video capture card to play a mass produced video game that millions of other people play?

dbene
dbene

@Daian  

how many actual PS4 owners do not have PLUS? or Xbone member do not have Gold?


it has to be less than 5% I would think

Tommi88
Tommi88

@Daian no the ps4 can only stream games not use camera at the same time like the xbox one will do

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

@Daian who the hell buy XBL just to use Twitch to stream yourself playing offline games that nobody care?

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@b00me @Tommi88  To be fair to them, him flailing a fire chain/whip around would make accurate shadows for a lot of places quite tricky.

Seems odd that they would go as far as to say, the shadows HERE will be tricky so lets just not bother anywhere.

And if this generation just becomes a stupid resolution war I am going to be so pissed.

What people don't seem to realise is that you need a lot of power for 1080p and the last gen consoles normally had upscaled 720p. Not native 720p, UPSCALED! And people are moaning about resolution now?

GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

@tonyleo01 @Pewbert In the long term 1080p is more important than your Brink clone people will have forgotten in three months.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@cvantu The upcoming updates and TitanFall game are Mircrosoft's big bet and something that MUST go well or they risk losing out big time with Xbox One. If TitanFall were to fail, there is nothing already announced that people can look forward to exclusively for Xbox One. This is my point. The marketing is constructed in such a way to guarantee success.

I don't think this is a bad move by Microsoft. Sorry you look at it that way. That's your problems. I simply find it laughable watching them struggle due to their own ignorance that caused them to be in this position in the first place. If Sony was making big mistakes in the same way, I'd be criticizing them too.

fillup0
fillup0

@Dannystaples14  I think it's because journalists and YouTube stars always said these two things together "1080p and 60 fps is the norm on PC" "A new console generation would bring consoles up to snuff with PC" so people kind of expected it. What people don't realize is just how much power is required for that.

hystavito
hystavito

@Dannystaples14  It's just about expectations.  People expected 1080p native to be the norm, and many people even speculated/hoped for 4k :).


I can't really blame people for being upset.  Remember consoles are a big mainstream market where most people don't know much about tech, they don't analyze much, they may not know that many previous gen games weren't even rendered at 720p.


What they do know is that when they look around them, so many devices are doing 1080p, their movies, Youtube, their phones or tablets, etc.  So along comes new consoles, MS and Sony brag about how amazingly powerful they are, and yet they cannot do 1080p consistently.


You're right, people may not realize things :), but I don't blame them for that.  In addition I am pleased to see MS (or Sony or whomever, just happens to be MS right now) getting blasted for it.  They love to brag about resolution when it suits them, like back when HD gaming first hit.  They shove that stuff down our throats, and now they can have it some of it back :).

b00me
b00me

@Dannystaples14 It already has become about that and there's largely one community that's made it about that. I'm as tired of it as you are. Personally I don't care, I do the majority of my gaming on a 720p 32" TV. I have a 55" 1080p TV I play on occasionally, usually the family is watching TV on it though so I use the 720p TV more and the games aren't less fun on it. I'd rather have a smooth frame rate and a great experience at 720p than a game that loses my immersion with a stuttering frame rate and doesn't have dynamic lighting.



I do know if a MS exclusive was releasing without dynamic lighting, PS fanboys would be mentioning in it every article about the game.

cvantu
cvantu

@GrenadeLauncher says the guy who never played the game. I am not a fan of first person shooters and was not excited for Titanfall, but then I played the beta, and then kept playing it, and realized what a fun game it actually is. Considering I play games for fun, it fits with my gaming habits.