Twitch Has Arrived on the Xbox One

March 10, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


If you’ve been waiting excitedly for the day when you would be able to start broadcasting your Xbox One games to Twitch, you might want to check now. Today, Twitch announced that the Xbox One app update would start going out at around 4 PM Pacific/7 PM Eastern Time.

We weren’t expecting Twitch to arrive until tomorrow, but it looks like it’s here a little early. Everything we’ve heard has suggested it will be an excellent, complete Twitch experience, so we can’t wait to hear the early reports.

Just a quick note of warning, though—if you managed to get an early copy of Titanfall, think twice before you stream it tonight. Twitch’s website warns that anyone who streams Titanfall ahead of 12:01 AM EST could have their account suspended.

Feel free to share your thoughts on how Twitch streaming works on the Xbox One.

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Twitch on the Xbox One

March 9, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Between last week’s update and the promise that Twitch streaming would be enabled on the Xbox One in time for Titanfall’s release, we’re just waiting for the official announcement that the update is ready. In the meantime, you can take a look at what’s in store for you when the update comes.

Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb released a video showing how Twitch will work on the Xbox One. He also has Xbox One broadcasts you can check out to see what their quality will be like.

He provided instructions to make sure anyone planning to stream footage from their Xbox One is all ready to go when the time comes.

From your computer:

  1. Go online to and sign up for a Twitch account.
  2. In Settings, go to Channel & Videos and select Archive Broadcasts.
  3. On your console:
  4. Sign into your Xbox One console and download the Twitch app.
  5. You can customize your picture-in-picture to broadcast both your gameplay and yourself through Kinect.
  6. In your Profile, make sure your presence is set to “online”
  7. In the Settings app under “Privacy and Online Safety,” make sure the option to “See if you’re online” is set to “Everyone” and “Broadcast gameplay” is set to “Allow.”
  8. Also in the Settings app under“ Privacy and Online Safety,” make sure the option to “Share content made using Kinect” is set to “Allow.”
  9. In the Settings app under “Preference,” check “Allow broadcasts and Game DVR Uploads”
  10. In the Settings app under “Kinect,” check “Kinect on” and to include Kinect audio in your broadcast check “Use Kinect microphone for chat.”

Check out the video and let us know if you plan to use Twitch to share your gaming adventures.

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Details About Twitch on Xbox One

February 25, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment

Well, Twitch integration is finally coming to the Xbox One, and it promises to be a great experience. Microsoft has released a lot of details, so let’s break it down and take a look at how Twitch will work on the Xbox One.

First, there are at least two Twitch features you can’t use on the PS4. The current Xbox One Twitch app allows you to watch streams from any game system, while Twitch on the PS4 only allows you to watch other PS4 games. When the app is updated on March 11 to allow you to broadcast your own games, you will also be able to archive live feeds straight from the console, which you can’t do on the PS4.

The Xbox One is implementing a lot of other Twitch features, as well. It will allow you to include picture-in-picture video feeds and audio commentary, which you can set up options for when you begin and turn on or off at will. You can also see users’ Gamercards, alert your friends of your livestream updates, and set notifications for when specific users begin streams. While streaming, you can turn comments on or off and choose whether or not to have the streaming controls snapped to the right of the screen.

Of course, if you enjoy the Kinect’s voice commands, you can access Twitch by simply saying, “Xbox, broadcast.” If you don’t want to use the Kinect, you will have to press the Home button while in the game you plan to broadcast, open Snap, choose Twitch, and then return to your game.

If you go to the Dashboard during a stream, Twitch will pause and wait for you to return. However, your broadcast will end if you try to start up any media other than a game.

There is a lot of good stuff here, and although it still isn’t advanced as using Twitch from a PC, it’s definitely a step in that direction. So, let us know—does this sound like something you would want to use?

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March Xbox One Update: Social Features and Twitch Support

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If you’re an Xbox One owner, you’ve got a lot to look forward to in March. First of all, there’s Titanfall, which we learn more details about every day, and Microsoft is releasing a major update before the game launches.

The update will work out some difficulties with the friend system and bring back popular Xbox 360 features, such as the ability to see people you’ve played games with recently, quickly invite your friends to join you in multiplayer games, and use party chat by default when you create a party. Fans have been asking for these changes, so we’re pleased to report that they’re not far off.

It will also be easier to use the interface, with a clear distinction between players in the same game and chats across games, as well as a message shortcut menu, a quicker way to access friends’ statuses, and the ability to mark certain friends as favorites.

Finally, another feature fans have been anxious for will also come with this update—Twitch integration. Fans have wanted to broadcast their gameplay to for a while now, especially since broadcasting was supposed to be one of the key features of the Xbox One, but it was delayed until now. Twitch is a highly popular service, with 45 million people visiting the site each month.

Using Twitch on the Xbox One is planned to be more advanced than it is on the PS4, and has been described as “complete integration” by Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. We don’t have all the details, but Microsoft has said you’ll be able to archive your streams right from your Xbox One, and watch streams from all sources, both of which you can’t do from your PS4. Basically, this is going to be a full Twitch experience.

Well, things are looking good for the Xbox One, and we’re pretty sure it isn’t a coincidence that the update for the Twitch app formally launches on March 11, the same date as Titanfall. This entire update is intended to polish things up for the highly-anticipated multiplayer game, and you can bet Twitch will be overloaded with Titanfall broadcasts as soon as possible. If you have an Xbox One, are you going to use Twitch? If you don’t have one, does this make you more inclined to get one? Check out the official videos for the new interface and Twitch integration, and let us know.

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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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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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