PS4 Flooding Twitch; Will Xbox One Restrictions Make Players Lag Behind?

Will PS4 overrun Twitch with channels, leaving Xbox One a much smaller percentage of streaming video? Given the consoles TOS regarding streaming, it's possible

Sharing on the new PlayStation is ridiculously easy - streaming to Twitch from your PS4 is a four step process that almost anyone can complete.

  • Press Share Button
  • Select "Broadcast Gameplay"
  • Select "Twitch"
  • Select "Start Broadcasting"

It's incredibly painless and available to anyone playing on the PS4.

While the Xbox One will also integrate with Twitch, it will only offer integration to players with Xbox Gold.

Which begs the question...

Will PS4 crush Xbox One on Twitch?

We shall see. Right now, my money's on yes. What do you think?

Platforms Xbox 360Playstation 4 Tags twitch
Published Nov. 15th 2013
  • madmaw
    Has anyone actually seen a twitch broadcast demo from a Xbox one?
  • Proto Foe
    Senior Intern
    Not publicly :( Even with the recent feature demonstrations, both via IGN (MS provided) and the MS 'living room' based one, didn't feature any sign of Twitch.

    I hope Tuesday is the day we'll start to get hit with waves and waves of information :)
  • Wokendreamer
    Featured Columnist
    It will probably vary based on what new and exciting games have come out most recently, but the difference of having to be subscribed will probably have a serious effect on the overall number of streams.

    Remember, much of the fuss about Xbox One's original DRM was based on its internet requirements. Most of the people who couldn't use the console with those requirements would have no reason to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription, but such people could still stream (whenever their internet was stable) just fine on PS4 without paying for a subscription they'd only get to use a couple times a month.

    It probably won't be a HUGE difference, but every little bit is noticed on the bottom line.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    I think it really all depends on what options are available to subscribers when the One is released as far as using Twitch. I really wish I could find out on day one!
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    I'm hoping to start streaming from my PS4 as soon as I get it. It's definitely an awesome useful service I didn't even think I'd need until recently.
  • Proto Foe
    Senior Intern
    Good question.

    I think initially it will be PS4 ahead, but when Xbox Live users see what you get for the $5 a month (if paid at once) then it'll start to tie up a lot more. There are other factors too - internet speed! Each console can provide the awesomeness of streaming, but if your internet is below average ... you won't be doing it anyway.

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