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'Minecraft' 1.7.3 pre-release brings in-game Twitch broadcasting support

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Mojang released the 1.73 pre-release update Friday for the PC version of Minecraft. While this newest update does fix some bugs, it also adds the ability to broadcast Twitch streams directly from the open-world sandbox game.

Twitch integration for Minecraft was first announced at Minecon in November and makes it extremely easy to begin sharing gameplay from directly inside the game. Streaming directly from the game is currently only supported in Windows (Vista or above) and Mac OS X Lion (10.7) and higher.

To get started with broadcasting from Minecraft, go to your account settings for the game and link a Twitch account to your Mojang account. You can then start broadcasting at anytime simply by pressing the F6 key. Meanwhile, quality settings can be found by going to Options -> Broadcast Options from the game's launcher.

While Twitch is the big addition with 1.7.3, there are a number of new fixes as well. Here are a few from the changelog.

  • Fixed render distances above 8 (may not work in multiplayer, servers have their own view distance they limit you to)
  • Fixed some texts being untranslatable
  • Fixed the missing taskbar workbench icon on Windows
  • Fixed hoppers not sucking in items from above if no slots are empty
  • Fixed the Unicode font being illegible in fullscreen mode
  • Fixed the Unicode font text shadow in fullscreen mode
  • Fixed Unicode fonts not showing properly
  • Fixed the Unicode font mapping a korean character wrongly (숼 instead of 쉴)
  • Fixed players becoming invisible+immune to PvP damage after being killed and relogging instead of respawning
  • Fixed a crash issue when handling players

Those that want to try out the pre-release right now can by opening the Minecraft launcher and clicking the "New Profile" button. Create a new profile and check the box that says "Enable experimental development snapshots." You'll then be able to load Minecraft with snapshots and pre-releases.

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