Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PS4 have both enabled users to watch live gaming broadcasts via Twitch since launch, but only the latter console allows players to stream their own gameplay. That's set to change in March, when Xbox One gamers will gain the ability to livestream any of their gaming sessions with the free Twitch app.
The update, set to launch in time for the Mar. 11 release of "Titanfall," will allow gamers to broadcast gameplay, chat with other users in a broadcast, and instantly join a game that they're viewing over Twitch. The patch will also let you archive your broadcasts for later viewing, and will allow you to control Twitch with Kinect voice commands.
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"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," said Twitch CEO Emmett Shear.
With Twitch streaming officially headed to the Xbox One, Microsoft seems to be taking every possible measure to prepare for the highly-anticipated release of "Titanfall." The hardware giant previously announced a series of multiplayer patches for the system's software, and the official Xbox One headset is hitting shelves alongside the sci-fi shooter.
Twitch streaming might just be making its debut on the Xbox One now, but the service has been around since 2011. Twitch allows anyone to broadcast and spectate competitive or casual gameplay, and more than 35 million users log on every month to watch popular games like "League of Legends" and "Hearthstone." There's a Twitch app for a variety of platforms, including iOS, Android, Ouya, and the most recent generations of Xbox and Playstation.