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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