Twitch streaming was initially announced as one of the selling points of both next gen consoles, with PlayStation 4 bringing the feature to the table relatively early. Now after a few months of delay, Xbox One users will also have the ability to stream games from their console.
The update is set to launch March 11, the same day that Titanfall releases on the Xbox One. The update will bring users the ability to not only stream gameplay, but also to join a game being broadcasted, save clips to an archive and view Twitch streams being broadcast from any platform, including the PlayStation 4.
These new add ons, Microsoft’s vice president of marketing and strategy for Xbox Yusuf Mehdi says, are one of the key reasons that the service has been delayed. He points to the more cut down streaming service that the PlayStation 4 offers – with PlayStation 4 users only able to view other PlayStation broadcsts – as an example of why Microsoft decided to take their time.
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.
CEO of Twitch Emmett Shear was also positive about the Xbox One streaming experience, noting that the increased integration offered by the console is something the company hasn’t had the opportunity to experience before.
It’s complete integration. 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.