Xbox One Twitch streaming coming in early 2014
Twitch streaming on Xbox One is not expected to arrive until the "first part of 2014," Microsoft confirmed today. This means Xbox One users will be unable to broadcast live gameplay natively from the console when it launches this Friday, November 22.
"We know the ability to instantly broadcast gameplay is something the gaming community is excited about, and we are too," Microsoft said. "We are working to ensure the initial Twitch on Xbox One broadcasting experience meets the expectations of the Twitch community, so while this feature won’t be available right away, we’ll let you know as soon as it is ready.
The Twitch app on Xbox One will enable Xbox LIVE Gold members to view content from PC and console broadcasters on the Twitch platform. It will even come with its own set of Achievements you can earn by interacting with the app. But unfortunately, it won't be ready at launch.
"Our goal is to deliver it during the first part of 2014," Microsoft confirmed.
Twitch integration with Xbox One was first announced back at E3 2013 in June. It was never said that streaming would be available at launch on the console, but many expected it would be. After all, PlayStation 4 users can already livestream their games to Twitch or UStream using the built-in Share button. They can even watch other PS4 users' streams with the Live From PlayStation app. However, there is no Twitch app that allows a user to watch channels on the PS4 that aren't being already being broadcasted from other PS4 users.
While Xbox One owners can't livestream at launch, they can at least easily share their gameplay videos to YouTube easily. Using Xbox One's built-in record feature, users can edit their clips and upload them to the SkyDrive, where they can then choose to upload it to Facebook or YouTube. Currently, PlayStation 4 only supports the ability to upload to Facebook, but there are workarounds to get your clip up on YouTube as well.