The Xbox One Twitch streaming app is set to debut ahead of the Titanfall launch next week and Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb showed off a demo Monday night with a few rounds of Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.
The Twitch app will be launched as part of the Xbox One spring update ahead of the Titanfall launch on Tuesday, March 11. Exact details of when the update will be rolled out has not been announced yet. However, Hyrb was able to confirm a number of details for the app and a stream analyzer reveals that the game runs at 1280x720, 30fps and approximately 2.5 mbps. For comparison, the PS4 Twitch app streams at 960x540, 30 fps and approximately 1.7mbps.
When you first open the Twitch app on Xbox One, it will test your connection to determine your best settings for streaming. You can change those settings if you like though according to Hyrb. You can start streaming at anytime by launching the Twitch app with your controller or using the "Xbox Broadcast" voice command.
The Twitch app will be loaded up in "Snapped" mode at default but can be unsnapped as well. You won't be able to use the GameDVR at the same time though.
SmartGlass will not be supported at launch though you can just as easily pull up the Twitch chat for your stream with a tablet, laptop or other supported device.
Some of the other details include:
- Automatic archiving of Twitch streams is supported.
- The standard Xbox headset chat can be used but viewers will not be able to hear anybody else from your party.
- Chat and viewer stats will be displayed on screen without being displayed in the stream.
- Picture-in-picture screens can be used to show video from Kinect and can be placed in any of the four corners of the screen.
- Twitch can ban consoles if caught streaming something inappropriate.
Nelson plans to host more Twitch streaming demos through the week including a stream on Friday with a "special guest." No details on who that might be yet.
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