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Twitch livestreaming coming to PlayStation 4

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PlayStation 4 owners will be able to share and broadcast live gameplay footage from their console through Twitch from the DualShock 4's "Share" button, Twitch announced today.

According to an announcement from Twitch, PS4 owners worldwide will be able to broadcast gameplay directly to their Twitch channels. Players will also have the option view content streamed through Twitch from other PS4 gamers. The service, Twitch said, will be free.

"Through this partnership we are paving the way for every PS4 gamer to become both a broadcaster and an avid spectator of amazing content," said Twitch CEO Emmett Shear in a prepared statement.

In February, Sony announced it would support real-time streaming of PlayStation 4 games through Ustream, and later said it could support other means of sharing content.

Twitch will also provide live gameplay streaming on Xbox One.

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