Microsoft delays Twitch TV game broadcasting on Xbox One until 2014
Xbox One owners hoping to broadcast their gameplay to the Twitch.tv video streaming service will have to wait until next year, Microsoft said Tuesday.
That disapponting disclosure was buried at the end of an otherwise innocuous blog post describing the types of achievements forthcoming in the Twitch.tv app for the Xbox One, due to launch on Nov. 22.
But Microsoft's statement at the end of the post will be the only thing gamers remember:
"We know the ability to instantly broadcast gameplay is something the gaming community is excited about, and we are too," Microsoft said. " 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."
Users can watch Twitch.tv (screenshot, above) as much as they'd like using the Twitch app, and crazy Achievements (watching at least one minute every hour for a full 24-hour period, and watching 8 hours consecutively) are being offered for doing so.
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But PlayStation 4 fans already have their consoles, and they've already begun broadcasting their game sessions via the PlayStation 4's dedicated 'Share" button and the Twitch.tv service for the PlayStation 4. Twitch has archived its PlayStation 4 gamestreams here.
"We knew that everyone was going to want to see these PlayStation 4 streams for themselves, and so we released an update to the channels directory that allows you to see broadcasts being sent from specific platforms," community manager Jared Rea wrote on Nov. 18. "For now, the only available option is PlayStation 4, but later this will expand to the Xbox One and beyond."
That's not to say that Xbox One owners can't share gameplay clips; with its Game DVR service on the Xbox One, Xbox One owners can record the last five minutes of gameplay (the Xbox One is alwasy recording) in 720p resolution and then edit, mix, and upload it to SkyDrive using the Upload app. From there, users can keep the clip private, or share it. But for now, there's no true streaming.
Twitch.tv counts 44 million users per month. And while some of them may be Xbox One owners, this month they'll all be watching other gamers having fun.