Just in time for the launch of Titanfall, Twitch streaming is coming to the Xbox One next month. Xbox One users can only watch streams currently, but after the update they will be able to not only stream with the service, but have the ability to hop into the broadcaster’s party during play.
The update will also allow voice control for the Twitch service via the Kinect, and according to the associated press report, archive their gameplay footage. As to why the Xbox One app took longer than its PS4 counterpart, Microsoft stated,
“Our fans really want the full next-gen service, so that’s why we decided to take our time, do it right and have it come out in this fashion.”
The PS4 has had Twitch streaming since the system launched in November, and there had been some unsubstantiated reports that the Xbox One app would be even further behind. It seems that isn’t going to be the case, and Xbox One users will soon be able to join in on the streaming phenomenon.
Source: Associated Press
Whatever Microsoft’s reasons, it sure did take them a while to get this going. Streaming was touted from day one of their marketing campaign, so it is good to see that it’s finally getting added in. It seems that Microsoft is really wanting to get all of their ducks in a row before Titanfall hits; which makes sense. They’re going to see a large influx of new users and if any part of the experience is lacking it’s not only going to hurt sales, but it will hurt their credibility in the eyes of gamers.