Microsoft shows off Xbox One Twitch game streaming features

Microsoft rolled out a Xbox One software update this week, which included adding features that will allow the console's Twitch app to stream live gameplay. However, that functionality won't be available until March 11th when the Twitch app gets its own update. Today, Microsoft posted a video that demonstrates how Xbox One game streaming with Twitch will work.

The clip, narrated by Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, points out that Xbox One owners will have to sign up for a free account on the Twitch.tv website before they can start their streaming broadcasts. The Xbox One must also be set up to allow for gameplay streaming in the console's Privacy settings.

After that, console owners can start playing any game in the Xbox One's launch library. When they want to begin their event, they can say "Xbox Broadcast" to bring up the Twitch menu in Snap mode. For the first time the app launches, it will do a test of the owner's broadband connection to determine which bit rate is best.

After that one time event, users can press "A" on the controller when the "Start Broadcast" selection is highlighted to set up the actual streaming event. There's the option to put in a "picture-in-picture" mode with the Kinect camera, which will show the main game stream in the larger display with a smaller image of the actual player on the couch. All broadcasts can also be archived to watch at any time.

If Xbox One owners have friends who are broadcasting their games on Twitch, the console will send out a notification whenever that happens so they can jump in and start watching immediately, or they can even play alongside the broadcaster if that has been allowed. As we have reported before, it appears that the Xbox One version of Twitch will offer a higher bit rate and resolution than what is currently supported for the PlayStation 4 port of the app.

Source: Xbox on YouTube

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You can't broadcast other twitch stream on your stream without a permission of the streamer you want to stream.

shinji257 said,
It only goes down to 800? Ugh...

I'll never see this working on my internet options.

I had to stream in 480 when I was a streamer for a channel on PC. Guides said you need 1mb up to stream 720, which most of the time my upload was hitting 1.3mb, yet anytime I selected 720 it would become a blocky mess.

Deihmos said,
How anyone can sit back and look at someone play a game is beyond me.

like +dead.cell said,
I was really against the idea of watching something on twitch back before I tried it out, but it really is cool to watch others play sometimes just to observe their playstyles, see what cool things they find, or just listen to their commentary.

I still watch a ton of halo on twitch.

Deihmos said,
How anyone can sit back and look at someone play a game is beyond me.

Back in the day, when you invited friends around to play computer games, one person would play and the others would watch, then after a while, you'd swap seats and someone else would have a go.

Yes it was pretty ordinary, but that's what you had to do. As others have stated, it's also a way to experience a different method of gameplay, so you can learn how to play the game a bit better.

Deihmos said,
How anyone can sit back and look at someone play a game is beyond me.

Take a quick look at YouTube game play viewing figures. They are off the scale.

Deihmos said,
I guess I am getting too old. I could never sit and watch anyone play a game. I'll be bored to death.

As Sviola said whenever someone asks me how I can, they usually watch Football on TV religiously. Sometimes they'll say "ahh" and nod. Other times they'll insist its different.