Microsoft Announces Twitch Partnership, Eliminates Microsoft Points For Xbox One
Microsoft’s Marc Whitton took the stage along with community manager Ashton to show off some of the new online sharing features for the Xbox One.
The system has a built-in DVR to record gameplay moments, and you can use the Upload Studio to tweak footage, add bumpers to your video, record commentary, and post it online.
Ashton showed herself playing Ryse, while she waited for a multiplayer game to be queued up in the background. Once her game was available, she switched over to play a round of Killer Instinct.
They also showed the new timeline which shows real-time statistical updates on what you and your friends are doing. You can see exactly what players are doing, where they are, and their progress. All of these Live functions can be relegated to SmartGlass so you can handle those kinds of things off-screen.
Microsoft also announced a partnership with Twitch.com. You will be able to broadcast your gameplay to Twitch followers, and have chat rooms similar to the interface of using Twitch online.
Finally Microsoft announced that with the Xbox One, Microsoft Points will officially be a thing of the past. We can finally use money to buy things on the Xbox One. Imagine that.
What do you think of these new additions?
Head to page two to see the full press release for Twitch on Xbox One.
Twitch Announces Xbox One Integration, Bringing Game Broadcasting and Viewing onto the Living Room Television
Video game broadcasting continues mainstream ascent as Twitch live-streaming functionality heads to Microsoft’s next generation gaming and entertainment system
SAN FRANCISCO- June 10, 2013 - Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, today announced it will be coming to Xbox One, the all-in-one gaming and entertainment system from Microsoft Corp. scheduled to launch later this year. The integration of Twitch into Xbox One will enable Xbox Live Gold members to broadcast games directly to their Twitch channels, as well as view content from other streamers on the Twitch platform.
“Live broadcasting has continued to grow in popularity, but sharing your console experience has never been this easy," said Emmett Shear, Twitch CEO. “Xbox Live Gold is enabling the ability to both upload your gameplay directly to Twitch and to stream Twitch content on Xbox One. The impact of this level of console integration will be a true game changer.”
Since its launch in June 2011, Twitch has continued to evolve every aspect of its business, spanning its developer program, partnerships, ad sales, and industry presence. The result is its audience of eight million in August 2011 has quadrupled to more than 35 million unique visitors per month today. By working with Microsoft on their plans to bring a turnkey live gaming broadcast experience to Xbox One, the door will be opened to an entirely new audience, creating significant new milestones.
“Twitch is a premier destination for broadcasters and spectators. Now, with Twitch built into Xbox One, we will deliver breakthrough experiences where any gamer can become a broadcaster,” said Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer, Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “Enabled with Kinect, Xbox Live and Twitch, your voice and video allow for instant streaming, voiceover capabilities and interaction with viewers.”
At E3, Microsoft and Twitch are also working together on other fronts. On June 11-13, Microsoft will have an array of content at Twitch’s E3 booth (South Hall, #235). There will be ten kiosks featuring an exclusive line-up of upcoming Xbox 360 titles, including Super TIME Force, Charlie Murder, and Ascend: Hand of Kul. There will also be multiple live streams every day from the show floor focusing on Xbox One games with special announcements and exclusives. The stream will be viewable and embeddable at www.twitch.tv/twitch.
Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. More than 35 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast, watch and chat about gaming. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for leading video game broadcasters including casual gamers, pro players, tournaments, leagues, developers and gaming media organizations. Twitch is leading a revolution in the gaming community, working to create a participatory experience that transcends gameplay. Learn more at http://twitch.tv.
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