Xbox One to Get DLNA Streaming in the Future

January 7, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are both capable of streaming downloaded content from the PC, but neither of the next-gen consoles has that capability yet. According to Microsoft’s Major Nelson, DLNA streaming to the Xbox 360 was not widely used, so they plan to work on making it more appealing before they bring it to the Xbox One.

Those people who did make use of DLNA streaming are irritated that their older consoles can do it while the newer ones can’t. It feels like a step backwards. So far, it can only be accomplished through awkward workarounds, such as connecting the Xbox 360 or PS3 to the Xbox One, which reduces the quality and functionality.

Both Microsoft and Sony have promised that DLNA streaming support will come to their new systems in the future, but neither has provided a solid date. For fans who frequently stream content to their consoles, it had better be sooner rather than later.

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Twitch will ban you for non-gaming PS4 streaming content

November 26, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Here’s a word of warning to those of you thinking about using the Twitch streaming capabilities of your new Playstation 4 for something other than gaming – don’t do it!

Several people have already been banned from the video service that is deeply integrated into the PS4’s sharing functionality – including one guy who got his wife naked live in his stream. To clear up any confusion, Twitch decided to take to Twitter to inform official put everyone on notice that they are monitoring what’s being streamed and will ban you if non-gaming content is shown.

Why people suddenly feel the need to do stupid things via PS4/Twitch streaming when this sort of functionality has long been available on the internet (got a webcam?) is beyond us. What it does do though, is increase the risk of Twitch taking more drastic measures to ensure the integrity of its service. We’re pretty sure that Sony won’t like people using the PS4 to stream nudity and other controversial content either – it’s a gaming device!

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No live streaming for Xbox One at launch, video capturing features detailed

November 19, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


While the Twitch app will be available on the Xbox One when it launches this Friday, you won’t be able to stream your gameplay like your PS4-owning counterparts. That particular feature is arriving “during the first part of 2014”, Microsoft hopes.

We know that the ability to broadcast your Xbox One gameplay direct to Twitch is something you’re all very excited about. So are we! Microsoft is working hard to ensure that the Twitch broadcasting experience meets all of your expectations, and we’re looking forward to sharing more details with you all in the future.

What will be enabled and fully available for use however is the Xbox One’s DVR (digital video recording) functionality. With it, you can capture either the last 30 seconds of gameplay, the last five minutes of gameplay, or the next five minutes of gameplay. Once the video has been saved it is then presented in the Xbox One’s “Upload Studio” where you can edit it as shown in the video below.

Once that’s done, you can then upload the video to Microsoft’s cloud storage service “Skydrive” where it can be shared publicly. Of course you can also download it from Skydrive using your PC and then re-upload it to whatever service you want (like Youtube or Facebook). Oh, and you’ll need a Xbox Live Gold subscription to make use of the Skydrive – we can’t forget that part….

PS: You can earn Achievements via apps on the Xbox One. Here’s what’s up for grabs simply by using the Twitch app:

  • Newcomer: Watch one hour of live video on Twitch
  • Competitive: Watch 10 hours of live video on Twitch
  • Best Viewer: Watch 100 hours of live video on Twitch
  • Hipster: Watch one hour of live video on Twitch channels that have less than 10 viewers
  • Talent Scout: Watch 10 hours of live video on Twitch channels that have less than 10 viewers
  • Max Bandwith: Watch a single channel on Twitch for more than eight hours consecutively
  • Around the Clock: Watch at least one minute of live video on Twitch in each hour of a full day
  • Prime Time: Watch a total of 10 hours of live video on Twitch between peak viewing hours from 7:30 to 11:30PM, on a weekday
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Microsoft working on backwards compatibility solution

September 27, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


We all know that Sony is implementing a form of backwards compatibility in the PS4 by way of its Gaikai service, which will basically let you stream PS3 games down to your PS4 and play them that way. To be clear there will be no hardware based backwards compatibility.

So what’s Microsoft going to do? Well it actually looks like they are planning on enabling a form of backwards compatibility with the Xbox One via the same method. As The Verge points out, Microsoft recently demonstrated Halo 4 streaming from “the cloud” to both a Windows desktop and a Windows mobile phone.

Given Sony has Gaikai (which it purchased, as opposed to developing its own streaming tech) there’s no real reason that Microsoft wouldn’t extend its own cloud game streaming functionality to the Xbox One some time after the console is launched in November this year.

Of course it probably won’t arrive until next year (or even later), but nice to know that Microsoft aren’t simply saying “No” to backwards compatibility and the Xbox One.

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Sony to launch PS3 game library for Gaikai in 2014

September 22, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


While the Playstation 4 is not natively backwards compatible, Sony has long said that you will be able to stream (and play) PS3 games on your PS4 using its Gaikai cloud-gaming service.

Well just last week at the Tokyo Game Show, Shuhei Yoshida announced that the first batch of streamable Playstation 3 games will soon be added to the service. Not only will the games be playable on PS4 though, but you’ll also be able to enjoy them on your Vita and Vita TV.

Yoshida-san said that a “decent number” of games will be playable via the service once it is up and running, and that the plan is to add more titles over time.

One caveat is that there’s still no concrete word on when the service will be available. All Sony have said so far is 2014 for the United States… and poor old Europe does not yet have an ETA.

Via: IGN

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Twitch Coming to the PS4

August 20, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Twitch has today announced that it will feature on the Playstation 4, enabling gamers to both publish and stream their exploits and also view other Twitch feeds directly from the PS4 console.

The service will be 100% free and is activated by simply pressing the “Share” button on the new DualShock 4 controller (makes sense to us!).

PlayStation has a long history of delivering some of the best gaming experiences in the industry and we’re excited to have Twitch available on a console as heavily anticipated as PS4,” said Emmett Shear, Twitch CEO. “Through this partnership we are paving the way for every PS4 gamer to become both a broadcaster and an avid spectator of amazing content.”

Twitch has already been announced for the Xbox One.

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Gameplay recording and streaming free for all on PS4

August 8, 2013 by Staff - 1 Comment


Not only are the DVR capabilities of the Playstation 4 superior to that of the Xbox One (it can record 15 minutes versus the 5 minutes the X1 can do), the feature is also free to all PS4 owners, no matter if they subscribe to Playstation Plus or not.

News recently broke that if you want to record your gameplay on the Xbox One, you will need to be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber. Presumably this is because the footage is uploaded to the Xbox Cloud, which isn’t free, and Microsoft need to cover their costs (although why you couldn’t freely save it to the X1 hard-drive as an alternative, we don’t know…).

Anyway, Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, is pretty good at clearing things like this up via Twitter, and did so today. Someone asked him whether the PS4’s recording and streaming features are exclusive to PS+ subscribers and his reply was a very simple “no”.

Great news.

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