Though the Xbox One is set to launch on Nov. 22, Microsoft recently announced its next-gen console’s ability to stream live gameplay through popular video game streaming site Twitch.tv will not be available until early next year.
This is bad news for Microsoft, since the PS4, which launched on Nov. 15, allows gameplay streaming directly from the console. The Sony system also supports live broadcasts through Ustream and Twitch.TV. There are currently hundreds of streams on Playstation Plus from PS4 players – even Shuhei Yoshida, Sony’s head of Worldwide Studios, tried out the new feature in a highly-watched stream during the PS4’s launch night.
"We know the ability to instantly broadcast gameplay is something the gaming community is excited about, and we are too," Microsoft stated in a blog post earlier today. "We are working to ensure the initial Twitch on Xbox One broadcasting experience meets the expectations of the Twitch community, so while this feature won’t be available right away, we’ll let you know as soon as it is ready. Our goal is to deliver it during the first part of 2014."
Twitch community manager Jared Rea wrote a blog entry earlier today about the streaming delay. “We’ll be working with Sony in the months and years to come to improve and enhance this feature to make it as great as possible.” Rea also added that “we’re stoked at what we’ve accomplished so far, but we’re not stopping here.”
Although live broadcasting won’t be available until 2014, players will still be able to record gameplay clips under five minutes and upload them to Xbox Live. Users will also be able to view outside streams through their console using the Twitch.TV app.
Even though some potential buyers may be disappointed with the initial lack of streaming capabilities on the Xbox One, many will still be swayed by the innovative new Kinect and upcoming titles. Will you still purchase the Xbox One despite its live streaming delays, or will your gaming be unaffected by this delay?