Twitch, the popular video game streaming service, will finally launch on the Xbox One on March 11th, the same day that Microsoft-exclusive shooter Titanfall is set for release. Once available, Twitch users will be able to broadcast live video footage of their gameplay, view the live streams of other players, and save and archive video clips. Additionally, thanks to the Xbox One’s Kinect interface, users will be able to control Twitch streaming and recording with voice commands.
Emmett Shear, co-founder and CEO of Twitch, spoke about the update with the Associated Press Tuesday:
It’s complete integration. 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.
Sony fans will note that Xbox One rival PlayStation 4 included Twitch support at launch, while Microsoft is only now adding the feature nearly four months after the console’s release. According to Twitch and Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi, however, the Xbox One version of the service will be notably more capable. Whereas the PS4 implementation of Twitch, was was built by Sony for its flagship console, allows users to broadcast and view the live streams of only other PS4 Twitch users, Twitch for Xbox One, built in conjunction with Twitch, will give gamers the ability to access the complete range of Twitch features, including the ability to archive footage and access live in-game chats.
Twitch’s popularity has grown sharply since its launch in 2011. The service, available on PC, consoles, and mobile devices, now features over 1 million broadcasters and 45 million unique viewers per month.