Unfortunate news for prospective livestreamers on the upcoming Xbox One. Today Twitch representatives confirmed that the Xbox One will ship without the ability to livestream, rendering the console streamless until Twitch can get everything back in order ... in 2014. It appears that the delay is, at least according to Twitch, Microsoft's fault. At least, that's what the short message from Twitch seems to point out.
"We know that the ability to broadcast your Xbox One gameplay direct to Twitch is something you’re all very excited about. So are we! Microsoft is working hard to ensure that the Twitch broadcasting experience meets all of your expectations, and we’re looking forward to sharing more details with you all in the future."
What a rather odd situation we have with out next-gen consoles. Microsoft's Twitch app won't allow players to stream, but they'll still be able to watch streams via their consoles on launch day. Meanwhile PlayStation 4 has Twitch streaming ingrained in the platform, but won't have the Twitch app that allows console owners to watch streams. I suppose both consoles made a trade-off when it came to Twitch streaming.
While certainly a disappointment, it's extremely doubtful that the absence of day one streaming will have any effect on sales whatsoever. Plus, the Xbox One can still fall back on its recording and upload functionality. That is, if recording a 5-minute clip and uploading it to either Facebook or SkyDrive. Not exactly the most robust feature, but better than nothing.
Twitch streaming or not, the Xbox One will be launching this Friday, November 22.