Xbox One's Twitch gameplay streaming delayed until 2014

The ability to broadcast live footage to the ever-growing social gaming platform won't be making its way to Xbox One for launch.

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The ability to stream your gameplay footage through the popular Twitch service will not make its way to the Xbox One until 2014, Microsoft announced Tuesday.

In a blog post that shed more light on Twitch integration for the console, which hits store shelves this Friday, November 22, Microsoft noted that the Xbox team is "working to ensure the initial Twitch on Xbox One broadcasting experience meets the expectations of the Twitch community."

"While this feature won't be available right away, we'll let you know as soon as it is ready. Our goal is to deliver it during the first part of 2014," it reads.

While clearly not a deal breaker, gameplay streaming will surely be missed on the Xbox One. It's an increasingly more popular activity that will begin to move beyond the hardcore gaming community that has rallied behind its two most robust platforms, Twitch and Ustream, especially as Sony and Microsoft both embrace live streaming as a core social feature of game playing moving forward.

Sony offers streaming to both Ustream and Twitch on its PlayStation 4, which has generating hundreds of videos in the less than one week's time since its launch.

The Xbox One's Twitch.tv app will however let users view others' streams in the meantime. The console will also allow players to record up to five minutes of gameplay and share it via Xbox Live or to one's SkyDrive account.

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Nick Statt is a staff reporter for CNET News covering Microsoft, gaming, and technology you sometimes wear. He previously wrote for ReadWrite, was a news associate at the social-news app Flipboard, and his work has appeared in Popular Science and Newsweek. When not complaining about Bay Area bagel quality, he can be found spending a questionable amount of time contemplating his relationship with video games.

 

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