Earlier today, Microsoft announced via their Xbox News Wire Blog that Twitch video game streaming will not be coming to the Xbox One until 2014. Twitch also provided a brief YouTube promo of the app which is embedded above for you to check out.
In an effort to ease the pain of this delay, Microsoft confirmed that Xbox Live Gold subscribers who download the app at launch will be eligible to receive up to 10 Twitch related achievements. Customers will have to do the following to earn each achievement:
- 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 theTalent 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
After getting a look at the Twitch streaming feature on the PlayStation 4, I feel this delay will be just another reason why some consumers will choose a PS4 or an Xbox One. On the surface, both companies are missing key features that give further reasoning as to why you don’t need to buy a PS4 or Xbox at launch. Twitch streaming was and still is a big part of the social element to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service. I’ll be interested to see how this impacts the service if at all once customers finally get their hands on the console.
Xbox One launches this Friday in both North America and Europe.