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Twitch streaming headed to Xbox One in March

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Originally announced back at E3, Microsoft generated a lot of excitement when it announced that Twitch streaming would be coming to Xbox One. However, just days before the system launched, Microsoft backtracked, saying that while a Twitch app for watching streams would be available, Twitch streaming would not make it in time for the console’s launch.

With Titanfall, arguably the biggest exclusive for Xbox One this year, ready to drop on March 11, Microsoft has put the pedal to the metal in preparation for its launch beginning with the updates to the friends and party system on March 4 and announcing that Twitch streaming will finally be headed to Xbox One on March 11 to coincide with the release of Titanfall.

Players will be able to begin streaming any game after March 11 by simply using the phrase “Xbox, Broadcast.” Also, Twitch on Xbox One boasts the most comprehensive Twitch streaming experience on consoles by allowing for archiving of streams, picture-in-picture video feed and audio commentary, the ability to snap Twitch chat while broadcasting, as well as allowing viewers to send friend or party requests or even join in the host’s game. Note that only Xbox Live Gold members will have the ability to stream games.

Source: Xbox Wire and Engadget

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Twitch streaming on Xbox One still a few months away

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Twitch streaming for Xbox One was announced back in June, allowing Xbox One players to stream the games they were playing to one of the biggest game-streaming services for fans around the world to see. However, right before the Xbox One released in November it was announced that Twitch streaming would not be available at launch.

Microsoft has been quiet about its Twitch streaming plans since that time, but Twitch has recently opened up with the following tweet:

A Microsoft representative told Polygon “We understand that the broadcasting component of Twitch is very important, and it is a major focus on our roadmap as we work to ensure it is seamlessly implemented into our Xbox One experience over the coming months.”

Source: Twitter via Polygon

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Twitch streaming to be integrated with Xbox One

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Twitch, the video streaming service and community will be coming to Xbox One. The service will allow Xbox Live Gold members to stream games using the hardware integrated the console. The Twitch community, a sub-community to Justin.Tv, currently broadcasts gaming events and tournaments across multiple platforms.“Live broadcasting has continued to grow in popularity, but sharing your console experience has never been this easy,” said Twitch CEO Emmett Shear in a press release. “Xbox Live Gold is enabling the ability to both upload your gameplay directly to Twitch and to stream Twitch content on Xbox One. The impact of this level of console integration will be a true game changer.”

It is expected, but not confirmed, that Twitch will be integrated in to many, if not all of the Xbox One games.

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Minecraft documentary to air Saturday on Xbox Live

Saturday night, Xbox Live Gold subscribers the world over will have the opportunity to view the world premiere of Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, a documentary detailing the creation of one of the most popular games of the last few years. The film follows Minecraft creator Markus Persson after he rose to fame last year and examines what goes into building a video game company.

Gold subscribers in the US, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, France, Finland and Sweden can view the film free of charge on Saturday; it airs 8 p.m. EST in the US and 8 p.m. CET in Europe, according to Joystiq. The documentary was a Kickstarter baby, with production company 2 Player Productions raising $210,000 in crowdfunded cash in Mardh 2011 (a good deal more than the requested $150,000). 2 Player has previously created films for Double Fine Productions and a chiptune documentary.

The trailer for the film, as well as local listings, can be found under the Minecraft tile on the Xbox dashboard (though we’ve also included the trailer above because we like you guys that much).

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Sunday Night Streaming: Dishwashing in The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile has been out for quite some time now, but if you haven’t played it you certainly should. This frenetic 2D hack n’ slash is one combotastic bloodbath you must at least sample. If you’re not convinced, or never really checked it out back when it released, we’re going to be showing off some of the endless Dishwasher mode! We’ll slice enemies to pieces, evade ridiculous amounts of enemies, and stack combos on combos for as long as possible. This one’s a fun one, so check it out if you’re a fan of the game or if you just want to see me kill stuff. Lots of stuff.

If you want to read up on The Dishwasher: VS before the show, check out our review! If you’ve played it already but never got all the beads, let our bead guide help you out. Curious what’s been going on since The Dishwasher: VS? Here’s our preview of Ska Studios‘ upcoming game, Charlie Murder.

When: Sunday July 22 at 7pm PST, 10pm EST, for at least half an hour.

Where: XBLA Fans on Twitch.TV

What: Streaming Dishwasher mode in The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile!

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Sunday Night Streaming: Minecraft Minecraft Minecraft!

This Sunday night our guide coordinator will be back at it again, this time streaming Minecraft. We could’ve had some glorious world for you to see, or some cool game we made up, or even just the longest subway tunnel ever, but instead we’ve got nothing. We’re going to start from scratch and we’ll have some coop going again, just like with our Spelunky stream. Get your pick-axes and porkchops ready for the stream happening at 10PM EST/7PM PST on our Twitch.TV Channel. Things are probably going to get griefy.

If you don’t know what Minecraft is you’re probably crazy, but just in case it’s a game about blocks. You find stuff, use it to build more stuff, and kill things which try to prevent you from either. We’ll have a blank world, starting from zero. There’s no creative mode in the XBLA version yet, so it’ll likely be some poorly made houses and a lot of hilarious hijinks. We won’t have the mic running, but hopefully the action will speak for itself. Who knows, we might even give some stuff away! So tune in tonight.

Minecraft is out now for 1600 Microsoft Points with a 40-skin pack releasing soon for 160 MSP.

When: Sunday July 8 at 7pm PST, 10pm EST, for who knows how long

Where: XBLA Fans on Twitch.TV

What: Streaming Minecraft and building all kinds of things!

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Sunday Night Streaming: Spelunking in Spelunky


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UPDATE: And the video is all saved and ready to be viewed! Hoped you enjoyed the stream for those of you that made it.

This Sunday night Microsoft Studios has given us leave to stream Spelunky! Believe that though this will be the first time Spelunky for XBLA is streamed, it will not be our last. Get your adventurer hats and whips and jetpacks ready for the stream happening at 10PM EST/7PM PST on our Twitch.TV Channel. Watch our Guide Coordinator die his way through the perils of Spelunky because… well why would you not?

Spelunky is a combination of platformer and roguelike, arguably the only of its kind, which goads adventuers to play the game over and over until they die of deep vein thrombosis. Descend through multiple levels of this mysterious cave, weaving your way from a mine to an incredibly dangerous Mayan temple. On the way down the adventurer can acquire all manner of loot either by paying for it with money he collects, finding it or stealing it from shotgun-wielding shopkeepers. If (read: when) you die, you go all the way back to the start and the entire level is re-randomized. Spelunky is a very tense game that has something new to find every single time you play. Usually a new way to die. It’s a ton of fun since usually a run will last anywhere from 5-20 minutes before you either win or die.

Spelunky will release on Wednesday, July 4 for 1200 points.

When: Sunday July 1 from 10PM-11:59PM (EST)

Where: XBLA Fans on Twitch.TV

What: Streaming Spelunky and having all kinds of fun!

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Data says Xbox is go-to device for Web video

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More people watch Web video via their Xbox 360s than on any other non-PC device, according to newly released data from online video ad company Freewheel. According to the data, more people are streaming Internet video on their Xbox than their iPads, Androids or iPhones/iPods – 28.2 percent on Xbox, followed closely by 27.1 percent on iPad. About 19.4 percent watch on iPhone, 15.2 percent on Android devices and 10.8 percent on iPod or iPod Touch.

Now, this data isn’t without caveats, according to a report at AllThingsD: Freewheel monitors “professional content” accompanied by ads only – so services like ESPN and NBC are counted, but not YouTube or Netflix. With that in mind it’s possible there’s some discrepancy in the numbers presented and the reality, but this does seem to verify similar claims Microsoft has made before.

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Live TV coming to Xbox dashboard


Microsoft announced brand new streaming TV content coming to Xbox 360 at its E3 press conference. It will conduct Bing searches to find content from Hulu Plus, Netflix or any of the providers of IPTV with streaming TV. Some of them including Sky in the UK and Canal+ in France with more coming to the US and around the world. Not to mention PPV UFC fights will be streaming directly to Xbox 360 in the US. It seems like the Xbox 360 is increasing in the media center space with streaming content.

Source: Engadget

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