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Twitch app launching on Xbox 360 today

A Twitch app is coming to the Xbox 360 today, and the streaming video service will host an exclusive broadcast on conjunction with the Xbox reveal next week.

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Twitch TV, the game-centric video streaming service, is available as an Xbox 360 app starting today. That means Xbox Live Gold subscribers can kick up their heels and watch streaming videos on their nice large screens with minimum fuss and muss.

To help kick off the service, Microsoft is partnering with Twitch to host an exclusive broadcast just after the Xbox reveal event next week. It will be presented by Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) at 12 PM PDT on the Twitch app and site.

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    May 14, 2013 8:45 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Twitch app launching on Xbox 360 today.

    A Twitch app is coming to the Xbox 360 today, and the streaming video service will host an exclusive broadcast on conjunction with the Xbox reveal next week.

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      May 14, 2013 8:47 AM

      And now my 360 will be used more for watching other people play SC2 (a game I watch more than play) than playing games.

      There's something wrong about this.

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      May 14, 2013 8:51 AM

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        May 14, 2013 8:55 AM

        I think, and this is just pure speculation on my part, the next Xbox will have something better than just a "share" button.

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          May 14, 2013 8:58 AM

          I'm calling it right here : it's a place to stick your penis.

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            May 14, 2013 9:04 AM

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              May 14, 2013 9:05 AM

              Hey man, I've been posting here before it was cool.

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                May 14, 2013 10:49 AM

                Nov 2001? Pff, noob, it stopped being cool in like 1999, before the big player database date reset of 2000.

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          May 14, 2013 11:12 AM

          I didn't know that streaming, watching your friend play games and join them live to help was called "share". I have huge doubt that they will come out with something as cool as their Gaikai stuff but if they do... Kudos.

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            May 14, 2013 12:23 PM

            I wasn't talking about the other stuff, just the hardware "share" button that would screen capture segments of games... I think MS is going to beat that feature...

            MS might beat the streaming stuff if it's just BC out of the box, since that's really Sony's way at doing BC at this point, as well as improving their digital distribution platform.

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      May 14, 2013 8:52 AM

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        May 14, 2013 9:35 AM

        There's been an unofficial justin.tv app that I've been using for years that works for Twitch stuff.

        Just add private channel justintv

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          May 14, 2013 11:01 AM

          I used it a year or so back and it was kind of a mess. Like it was just random assortments of feeds with no real structure to it. Is it better now?

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        May 14, 2013 11:00 AM

        It's constantly requested on their forums. I'm surprised no one has just built an unofficial one.

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      May 14, 2013 8:53 AM

      awesome!!!

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      May 14, 2013 9:00 AM

      That's kind of weird. Aren't most twitch streams of PC games?

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        May 14, 2013 9:01 AM

        why does that matter? now i can watch 1080p SC2 matches on my big tv. its awesome

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          May 14, 2013 9:08 AM

          It doesn't matter, just weird because there is no easy way for console gamers to stream their stuff without dedicated hardware and PCs.
          Will change with the next generation most likely if MS follows Sony down that road.

          While it's awesome for you and the other people who like stuff such as SC2, LOL, DOTA, etc, the majority of console only gamers don't give a shit. Not that there aren't streams of consoles games, it's just way more popular in the PC space. Anyway, hope this app is better than their garbage iOS offerings.

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            May 14, 2013 9:10 AM

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              May 14, 2013 12:18 PM

              I'll be broadcasting Vampire Rain this weekend, tune in.

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            May 14, 2013 9:11 AM

            I think much of that will change if more console games integrate twitch streaming, like BLOPS2 did.

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            May 14, 2013 9:14 AM

            I think this points us to that "rumor" that MS had a deal with Twitch.tv for the next Xbox slightly more likely. We'll know more next week.

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            May 14, 2013 9:24 AM

            blops2 has twitch streaming integrated.

            even so, there are always quite a few people streaming whatever the latest CoD game is with their own setup

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              May 14, 2013 9:24 AM

              oh, and there are normally a handful of halo streams too!

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                May 14, 2013 9:24 AM

                Fighting games, too.

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                  May 14, 2013 10:39 AM

                  Yeah, I know console games are streamed and said as much above.

                  Fighting game streams are probably the most popular in that space and closest to PC streams (or destroying it at large events like evo), but the average users still need extra dedicated hardware to stream that stuff, it's not simple. Not that it's not simple on PC either if you want quality, but anyone can stream any game on PC If they want to, not just the stuff that has it built in like BLOPS2 on 360 does.

                  There is a following for fighting games and the bigger tournaments have the technical stuff covered, they also have live commentary which can make or break a stream. The matches also matter, way more interesting than watching someone's direct feed of Halo or CoD generally, as evidenced by the general numbers of viewers. Fighting games are basically a platform agnostic anomoly, too. It doesn't really matter if the game is running on a console or arcade cabinet or dishwasher, they'd still have a following and still played with the same arcade sticks as they've always been.

                  Anyway, it will be interesting to see how streaming console games changes in the next generation if accessible to all, and if something like this twitch app for viewing on 360 is popular at all with non-console streams such as Starcraft 2.

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        May 14, 2013 9:10 AM

        Generally, yes, but I usually exercise in my living room and watch stuff there... Now I could watch DOTA 2 streams while I do so.


        Oh wait that's right I plug in my laptop via HDMI, fuck you Microsoft I'm not playing for a Gold account to watch Netflix and Twitch on my 360.

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        May 14, 2013 9:19 AM

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        May 14, 2013 12:18 PM

        Twitch is also the destination for a lot of fighting game tournaments and those definitely aren't PC.

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        May 14, 2013 12:40 PM

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      May 14, 2013 9:14 AM

      I might be able to watch giantbomb live streams now!

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        May 14, 2013 9:15 AM

        This is probably the best thing to come out of this!

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      May 14, 2013 9:16 AM

      nice

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      May 14, 2013 10:15 AM

      If Twitch streaming isn't built into that new Xbox I will eat my hat.

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        May 14, 2013 11:59 AM

        We will hold you to this. Heck I'll even send you the hat. But it has to be filmed and put on the interwebs.

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      May 14, 2013 11:02 AM

      Yessss. Now I will watch Dota while I play Dota

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      May 14, 2013 12:48 PM

      Will i be able to Kappa?

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      May 14, 2013 1:39 PM

      downloading now. 126 megs

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      May 14, 2013 1:42 PM

      and damn if the first thing I'm watching is not dota. LOL

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      May 14, 2013 3:41 PM

      The app functions well, with a couple of caveats that don't really impact me.

      - no channel search. You can filter by game and find a channel there.

      - they have only made available a certain number of the top live channels. Great if you want to watch major events or popular streamers, not if you want to watch your buddies stream.

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        May 14, 2013 3:42 PM

        also, the video quality options are simply 'low' and 'high'.

        high looks pretty good on my plasma, not sure if its actually 1080p though.

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        May 14, 2013 3:49 PM

        yeah, I just read it's the top 300 streams, fuck that. I just want to be able to login and see the streams I have bookmarked, was looking forward to this because the plex plugin sucks ass

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