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Xbox One Twitch streaming to be introduced in March system update

UPDATE: Microsoft details the "full next-gen" service

The delayed Xbox One Twitch streaming functionality will be introduced as part of a system update releasing alongside Titanfall on March 11, Microsoft and Twitch have confirmed.

Twitch co-founder and CEO Emmett Shear told ABC News: "It's exciting because we've never had the ability to broadcast from a console like this with such a deep level of integration.

"The concept of being able to join a broadcasters' party is really cool, and it's another step in the direction of interacting more closely with broadcasters."

Supporting chat functionality, the Twitch application will allow players to broadcast themselves and their games from their living rooms with Xbox One's camera-based Kinect system.

Elsewhere in the interview Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's vice president of marketing and strategy for Xbox, explained why the service is launching so much later than the popular PS4 version, which arrived alongside Sony's console last November.

Mehdi said that the Twitch application on PS4 was developed by Sony and only serves as a viewing portal. It does not, however, allow people to connect and interact.

"That's a very certain type of experience," Mehdi said. "For us, we thought that was too limiting for what our fans would want. Our fans really want the full next-gen service, so that's why we decided to take our time, do it right and have it come out in this fashion.

"This will open up the social aspect of Xbox One in a new way," he continued. "The community of Twitch is huge, and this allows us to type into that, and frankly do something that's never been done before on consoles. You'll be able to broadcast to any device and consume anyone's broadcast from any device. It's a console experience unique to the Xbox One."

"On March 11 when "Titanfall" launches, Twitch and Xbox One come together for the first truly next-gen Twitch experience, one that can't be matched by any other console," Microsoft says on its Xbox Wire website.

Twitch on Xbox One will let users livestream, join games with broadcasters, start game broadcasts with the voice command "Xbox broadcast", archive streams and watch Twitch streams being broadcasted from any device, including the PlayStation. Additionally, Kinect will allow broadcasters to include a picture-in-picture video feed and audio commentary.

"Only Xbox One offers the most complete Twitch experience, with access to any live broadcast and the full Twitch catalog," added Mehdi, Corporate VP of Marketing, Xbox. "We've designed Xbox One to be the best place to play with features and unparalleled partnerships that deliver epic moments for gamers."

Twitch activity will be integrated into the friends app and activity feed, giving followers and friends real-time update what you are broadcasting or watching. Notifications can also be set up to inform people when you're going live.

During the streams viewers will be able to post comments in the 10 line chat stream, a moderator can be assigned to run the chat. Broadcasters can invite friends into a private party from the chat stream.

You can also broadcast a full-screen view of the game or use an on-screen viewer indicator to monitor the popularity your live broadcast is.

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March's Xbox One system update is also expected to provide easier access to the console's friends list, which "will be front and centre on the homepage of the Friends app". Party chat will also be turned on by default, while an "Invite friends to game" option will be added, in addition to a "Recent Players" section.

On Monday, Microsoft also pledged to fix a major technical fault with Xbox One's TV integration in Europe and PAL regions "within weeks". The fault, which causes a 'juddering' picture when viewing PAL television broadcasts, will be fixed via a system update this spring, Xbox UK's Harvey Eagle confirmed to CVG.

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