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Xbox One users won't get to broadcast Twitch streams until 2014
Xbox One users won't get to broadcast Twitch streams until 2014
November 19, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

November 19, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
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Newsbrief: In a company blog post this morning, an Xbox One representative said that gameplay recording and live streaming through Twitch.TV would not be available through the console until early next year.

"We are working to ensure the initial Twitch on Xbox One broadcasting experience meets the expectations of the Twitch community," the representative wrote. "Our goal is to deliver it during the first part of 2014."

Twitch community manager Jason Rea posted a similar announcement to Twitch's blog, assuring Twitch users that the delay is to ensure a seamless, Kinect-enabled recording and broadcasting experience.

Until then, Xbox One customers will be able to stream other users' Twitch channels from their devices. Owners can also use the console's SkyDrive feature to save and share gameplay clips. The Xbox One launches in North America this Friday.


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Dane MacMahon
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It's kind of stunning how big a deal this seems to be on social media.

John McMahon
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This is something I've always wanted to do. Record my play sessions. But I've never had the money for a video card that would fit with my desktop. And then my desktop become outdated, slow and I transitioned to laptops for the first time. I'm on my second laptop now.

I admit, I will not wnat to spend hours recording video and then edit it. But sometimes I feel like certain experinces are cool. Which is why I LOVE the Theater feature introduced in Halo 3. No longer needed to record video, I could replay whole missions and view other stuff that was going on when I wasn't paying attention.

Why more games don't incorporate that feature is beyond me.

Kujel s
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@john: while I agree it is a nice feature I wouldn't get up in arms over it not being there at luanch.

John McMahon
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I'm not up in arms about it. But I understand the value in it. I'm not getting any next-gen console for the simple fact, that I don't want to spend the money. The same reason I'm stopped getting AAA titles last year.

This could be a blow to Microsoft's image. They were reayd to go when it was technology that was always on, but features that many view a core to the next-gen experience are not available at launch?

Wendy Jones
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Ouch. Definitely not a good thing for early adopters. This has been advertised as one of the main new features for the next-gen platforms. While I definitely want them to get it right the for the first release, this will have a large impact on users.

Kujel s
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Meh, I just want to play games and I could care less about this straming feature.

Steve Cawood
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Well that's just your opinion. Many people are bothered.

Terry Matthes
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This is a huge deal. A lot of my friends spend hundreds of dollars on equipment and PCs powerful enough to do exactly this. To have it built into the console is going to be a godsend for a lot of us. For me video games are about mastering systems and sharing with friends. This lets you "peacock" and show all your buds. I can see this getting out of control - in a good way - really fast!

This will give PSN users a year lead on establishing themselves as online community leaders. People are going to look at the Twitch videos and see who is the best and if they're all on PSN - because XBox users can't do this - then you can bet aspiring (pro)gamers are going to be on PSN as well.

This isn't the only demographic for Twitch, but I believe that group it is the biggest driver for growth.

Scott Lavigne
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Internet connection is a lot more limiting than hardware. For $500 (cost of an xbone), you could build a PC that could stream in at least 720p.

Terry Matthes
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You can't build a PC that will do anything like that for $500. The ram, CPU, motherboard , OS, and chassis would cost that. That doesn't even include a video card, PSU, sound card, monitor, and peripherals, HDD, cpu cooler, optical drive etc. etc... Don't forget about shipping if you're buying online as well. All this and we still haven't touched upon the hardware that is interfacing your XBox with your computer. Not going to happen.

John Flush
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The real question is how many features are not in at release for both consoles, how many will come, and how many features will die with hardware updates as time moves on.

As such I'm skeptical of even getting next gen as it is a lot more complex than "this is what it does, enjoy the next 6-8 years". Instead I have to sift through what is available at release and what isn't, beyond the normal release dates for games.

John McMahon
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Good point, a lot of features that we have now or will get may be taken away from us through updates.


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