The team at Twitch and video game hardware maker Microsoft are announcing that the integration of the streaming service with the Xbox One home console will take place on March 11, when the widely expected Titanfall first-person shooter is also set to launch in the United States.This means that all gamers who are interested in sharing content with friends and the wider community can simply use a dedicated application on their device to record footage in real time and stream it to all those willing to tune in.
Emmett Shear, the chief executive officer of Twitch, is quoted by Gamasutra as stating that, “It's complete integration. It's exciting because we've never had the ability to broadcast from a console like this with such a deep level of integration.”
He adds, “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.”
At the moment, Xbox One users are able to upload clips they have edited to the Twitch site and watch streams from other users.
It’s unclear what other functionality the dedicated application will have or whether it is designed to use either the Kinect motion tracking system or the coming Media Remote from Microsoft.
Initially, the company promised that streaming would be part of the initial package of the Xbox One, but failed to deliver the app on launch.
Many gamers were disappointed by the limited sharing capabilities of the new console and compared it unfavorably with the rival PlayStation 4.
The Sony device has been offering full Twitch integration since it became available in November of last year and the company has estimated that at one point, about one fifth of all its traffic was linked to the PS4.
It will be interesting to see whether the launch of the Xbox One Twitch app will deliver the same kind of impact.
Both next-gen consoles are designed to be much more social than its predecessors, with gamers able to upload pictures and video in order to show off their performance or to capture bugs and other game anomalies.
Titanfall is one of the biggest titles launched in 2014 for the Xbox One and it will be offered in the United States on March 11 and two days later in Europe.
It is a first-person shooter developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts.