Xbox One Doesn’t Allow Twitch Livestreaming At Launch


For those who wished to wait in line on Friday to pick up their Xbox One, plug it in and livestream their 8th generation gaming experience from Day 1; I have some bad news to share. According to a Microsoft news release, the Xbox One will not allow gamers to livestream their content through Twitch until, “the first part of 2014,” at the very earliest.

"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."

Each month it seems like another function that was expected at launch for the Xbox One has either been removed or replaced with another. Whether it comes to the lack of TV support outside the US and Japan (release undetermined) at launch, the mandatory connection of the Kinect to the Xbox One, the reversal of Digital Sharing policies or otherwise, it seems less apparent about just exactly what the console is capable of the closer we get to launch. Not to say that the PS4 hasn’t had its share of functions moved to a later-than-launch date.

Regardless, when Twitch does make its way to Microsoft’s next-gen console they intend to support watching Twitch at certain amounts of time for achievements, similar to the way Gamerscore works.

From Microsoft:

  • Watch one hour of live video on Twitch to become a Newcomer
  • Watch 10 hours of live video on Twitch for Competitive
  • Watch 100 hours of live video on Twitch for Best Viewer
  • Watch one hour of live video on Twitch channels that have less than 10 viewers to be the Hipster
  • Watch 10 hours of live video on Twitch channels that have less than 10 viewers and become the Talent Scout
  • Max Bandwidth is received by watching a single channel on Twitch for more than eight hours consecutively
  • Around The Clock is exactly that, just watch at least one minute of live video on Twitch in each hour of a full day
  • Prime Time, simply: watch a total of 10 hours of live video on Twitch between peak viewing hours from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., on a weekday

Additionally, the Twitch app will be available on the Xbox One’s store at launch. This means that although you can’t livestream gaming content yourself on the Xbox One, you can watch others on the PS4 livestream their games if you snap the video to the side.

The Xbox One launches worldwide in 13 countries this Friday November 22nd. Here’s a trailer for the Twitch app on the Xbox One.


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