Xbox One Has No Built-In Livestream Option At Launch, But It's Coming

Xbox One gamers will not be able to upload video to at launch, Microsoft said this morning. The lack of support leaves Xbox One users without the ability to broadcast live gameplay natively from the console.

"Our goal is to deliver it during the first part of 2014," Microsoft said in the news story.


Twitch will still feature an app exclusive to the console serving up live broadcasts, and even achievements unique to using the service.

Twitch's partnership with Xbox One was announced back at E3 2013 in June, and though it was never said live streaming would be present at launch on the console, no one ever said it wouldn't. PlayStation 4 users can already livestream their games to Twitch (or UStream) using the console's Share button, and can watch other PS4 users' Twitch (and UStream) streams with the Live From PlayStation app. But there is no Twitch app allowing a PS4 user to watch channels on the service or video from non-PS4 users.

"We know the ability to instantly broadcast gameplay is something the gaming community is excited about, and we are too," read the Xbox Wire post. "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."

Microsoft released the video above, showing the Twitch app in action and the ability to snap the app to the side of a game in progress, helpful for, say, browsing the service for a walkthrough to get through a tough stretch of a game.


Additionally, the Twitch app will carry its own set of achievements, some of them awarded for viewing habits bordering on the obsessive. "Watch one hour of live video on Twitch channels that have less than 10 viewers," gets you the "Hipster" achievement, for example. Another gives out an achievement for watching "at least one minute of live video on Twitch in each hour of a full day."

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