The Xbox One Can Stream Games Via Twitch Starting In March [UPDATE]

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Next month, an update will bring the popular Twitch video game broadcasting service to the Xbox One in a way that home consoles have never seen before. It will launch on March 11, just in time for Titanfall.


According to AP, the update will allow Xbox One the ability to live stream games via Twitch as well as start live broadcasts through voice commands. What's more, the Xbox One app will feature Twitch's chat features and allow user to broadcast via Kinect.

UPDATE: More details from Microsoft:

  • To start streaming with Kinect, you'll say "Xbox, broadcast. (You can also use button commands). To stop streaming, you can say "Stop broadcast" or "Xbox, stop broadcast.
  • You can send ask to join a game that's being broadcast if it's coming from an Xbox One and you're on an Xbox One.
  • You can view streams from any system. In a press release this morning, Microsoft mentioned the following examples as options: "Titanfall (Xbox One), Minecraft (Xbox 360), Star Craft II (PC), Uncharted (PS4) — watch all the games you want to watch on Xbox One."

UPDATE 2: Since some of you asked if you could, say, plug an Xbox 360 into an Xbox One and stream the 360 via the One... Microsoft confirmed to us that you won't be able to stream content from devices plugged into the machine's HDMI-in. You can only broadcast games that run on the Xbox One.


"It's complete integration," Emmett Shear, co-founder and CEO of Twitch, is quoted as saying. "It's exciting because we've never had the ability to broadcast from a console like this with such a deep level of integration. 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."

Unlike the PS4 Twitch app, which was put together by Sony, the Xbox One app was created by Twitch. Also, unlike the PS4 Twitch app, the Xbox One app will allow users to broadcast to and view from any device—including, the PS4.

"This will open up the social aspect of Xbox One in a new way," said Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi. "The community of Twitch is huge, and this allows us to type into that, and frankly do something that's never been done before on consoles. You'll be able to broadcast to any device and consume anyone's broadcast from any device. It's a console experience unique to the Xbox One."


The update will hit on March 11.


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Vast improvement over the PS4 app.