Microsoft today announced that Twitch streaming will finally be coming to the Xbox One within weeks. The feature is set to debut along with a Twitch app for the Xbox One on March 11 – the same day as the launch of Titanfall for Xbox one and PC.
Though Microsoft was first to announce Twitch streaming for its new console at last year’s E3, Sony later announced that its PlayStation 4 console would also feature Twitch streaming. In the run-up to launch Microsoft was forced to push back its Twitch streaming initiative to sometime in 2014, allowing Sony to introduce game streaming to millions of console gamers.
The Xbox One version of the Twitch app will come with some features not available on the PS4. Xbox Live subscribers will be able to watch any content being streamed, not just what other Xbox One owners are streaming. The app will also use the Kinect with the voice command, “Xbox, Broadcast.”
“Over the last two years, we have seen the broadcasting and spectating of video games go from a niche activity to a pastime shared by millions,” said Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch. “As the experience grows in popularity, it’s important to provide as broad a feature set as possible for the community. Microsoft has done just that by rolling out the most robust console integration of Twitch to date and setting a new bar for others to strive for.”
Twitch streaming is yet another feature Microsoft has slipped into the Xbox One just in time for the launch of Titanfall. The console will also get a fix for its party system just before the game’s launch. This, combined with the new Titanfall Xbox One bundle and UK price drop demonstrate just how important a successful Titanfall is for Microsoft’s new console.