When the PlayStation 4 launched last Friday, it came with the ability to stream to Twitch.TV right out of the box—that will not be the case with Xbox One. Microsoft has stated that the Twitch app will be delayed until some time in early 2014.
We know the ability to instantly broadcast gameplay is something the gaming community is excited about, and we are too. 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.
When it does launch Microsoft has announced that it will feature 10 unique achievements (yes, we will now be getting achievements for WATCHING games) including; “Night Owl” – an achievement for watching Twitch at night, and “Standing Room Only” – for watching a stream with over 100,000 viewers.
The Twitch app will also utilize both the Xbox One’s snap and instant-switching features, meaning that getting to and viewing your own and others’ streams should be seamless and simple.
With Twitch being such a highly-anticipated feature, and Sony proving that they could have it at launch, it’s perplexing why the Xbox One couldn’t get the app integrated in time. Microsoft has had several shaky months from announcement to launch and they can scarcely afford anymore negative news. It will be interesting to see how the Twitch/Xbox communities react.