Xbox One won't let you livestream gameplay at launch

The Xbox One won't allow gamers to livestream their gameplay via Twitch at launch, a service currently available on the PlayStation 4, Microsoft announced this morning.

"We know the ability to instantly broadcast gameplay is something the gaming community is excited about, and we are too," reads a statement from Microsoft. "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. Our goal is to deliver it during the first part of 2014."

While creating gameplay livestreams on Twitch won't be available at launch, Xbox One owners will be able to view gameplay on their consoles via an Xbox One app. The app will support snap, allowing players to watch a stream while gaming, and earn achievements, according to Microsoft.

As with the Machinima app, the Twitch app will have include achievements that are earned by watching videos.

  • Watch one hour of live video on Twitch to become a Newcomer
  • Watch 10 hours of live video on Twitch for Competitive
  • Watch 100 hours of live video on Twitch for Best Viewer
  • Watch one hour of live video on Twitch channels that have less than 10 viewers to be the Hipster
  • Watch 10 hours of live video on Twitch channels that have less than 10 viewers and become the Talent Scout
  • Max Bandwidth is received by watching a single channel on Twitch for more than eight hours consecutively
  • Around The Clock is exactly that, just watch at least one minute of live video on Twitch in each hour of a full day
  • Prime Time, simply: watch a total of 10 hours of live video on Twitch between peak viewing hours from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., on a weekday

The Xbox One's Twitch integration was announced during Microsoft's E3 press conference this summer. At the time Microsoft said that the service, which is exclusive to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, will let gamers upload gameplay directly to Twitch, broadcast their own games and watch other streams. Kinect will allow users to provide voice-over commentary.

The PlayStation 4 launched last week with livestream support. Users can livestream their gameplay via Twitch or Ustream and have the option to add voice, or voice and video as a picture in picture option if they have the PlayStation Camera. Livestreaming on the PS4 does not require a PSPlus account.

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