Microsoft has announced that a long-awaited Twitch streaming feature is coming to Xbox One alongside Respawn’s Titanfall on March 11. In addition to offering gameplay direct from the console and on-screen chat, the Xbox One integration will offer something not found on rival PlayStation 4: archiving.
The difference is that PS4 Twitch experience was crafted by Sony, whereas the AP article announcing the feature suggests that Microsoft had a hand in developing the Xbox One version. The update on Xbox One also includes the ability for broadcasters to directly interact with viewers through the updated party system.
"It's complete integration," Twitch CEO Emmett Shear told the Associated Press. "It's exciting because we've never had the ability to broadcast from a console like this with such a deep level of integration. The concept of being able to join a broadcasters' party is really cool, and it's another step in the direction of interacting more closely with broadcasters."
Yesterday, Microsoft announced a limited availability Titanfall console bundle that effectively puts the Xbox One on sale for $ 430. The company also dropped the price of the console in the UK by £30.
The archiving feature is a standout in this announcement. I’m not sure how I feel about the intersection of broadcasting and parties without more details, though. As long as the streamer can control things, it will be a nice bonus, especially if invites can be handled through the chat and delivered directly to others watching the stream on Xbox One.