Twitch on Xbox One: The Game Changer Nobody is Talking About?
by Patrick Scott Patterson
Originally published June 24, 2013
It seems the internet didn't care for the Xbox One's price point, used game and DRM policies and online check-ins. Just a hunch.
The response to these announcements and policies practically overshadowed a large amount of positive news from this year's E3, including what was perhaps the strongest line up of upcoming game titles in half a decade for all three major consoles.
It also seemed to drown out the news of a possible Xbox One game changer. Now that the DRM and 24-hour check-in policies have been reversed, let's talk about it. It is the news that live streaming via Twitch is integrated into the console.
35 million viewers visit Twitch every month to watch live broadcasts on every video game title from League of Legends and Call of Duty to battles between contenders on the classic Donkey Kong arcade game. As announced at E3, Xbox One users can stream their gameplay directly to Twitch from their console.
As much as a number of people who define themselves as the "core audience" claim to still be upset with Microsoft, there can be no denying that the Twitch integration is a major selling point for the Xbox One to that very same audience. Considering that quality capture devices used in live streaming broadcasts typically cost hundreds of dollars, the Twitch integration should also figure into the Xbox One price point, as those outside devices will no longer be needed.
The ease of integration could and probably will bring a large number of new Twitch broadcasters into the mix. A number of people I have been speaking to in recent weeks have wanted to broadcast on Twitch for some time, but the idea of buying and setting up addition equipment was discouraging to them doing so. With the ease of broadcasting directly from the new Xbox, they stated that they are more likely to join the army of gamers who put their gameplay up for viewing on Twitch.
So I ask for input from you, the readers, who will no doubt have their own opinions on this. Do you think the announcement of Twitch integration is a somewhat lost headline as I do? Does the integration make you feel more comfortable with the $499 Xbox One price point? Is it enough to make those of you still upset with the now-reversed DRM and check-in policies re-think your stance?