Remember all the uproar when Microsoft announced that the Twitch broadcasting ability wouldn’t be ready for Xbox One at launch? Well, you can finally put that issue to bed as Microsoft and Twitch announced last week that the streaming service will become available to use for free on the Xbox One starting March 11.
Hmmm, I wonder why they picked that specific date…
So what can Xbox owners expect? For those unfamiliar with Twitch, it’s basically a service for players to stream live gameplay and share it with other people. it has other features such as a chat for people to interact with you and you can even do a picture-in-picture mode where you can provide live commentary as you play. The Xbox One app was designed in-house by Twitch directly so they were able to add a few more features to this iteration including the ability to archive streams and also allowing players to directly join friends who are broadcasting. To help this process, Microsoft is bringing back “toasts” which many Xbox 360 players will remember as being the notifications you saw when friends came online. This ability will extend to notifications telling you if friends are starting to stream gameplay. If you’re not into toasts, don’t worry they can be turned off as well. (Editor’s Note: Microsoft has recently confirmed that friend toasts won’t be available until sometime in April, so for now, you’ll only be seeing the Twitch toasts)
I don’t know about you, but I’m expecting a ton of Titanfall broadcasts to go up on March 11. For more information and to see this thing in action, here’s the debut trailer: