Xbox Owners will Soon be Able to Live Broadcast On Twitch.TV
A big trend in the video-game community is to live broadcast your gaming sessions onto the interwebs. Now, one of the larger websites who allow this types of webcast, Twitch.tv, is teaming up with Activision to allow this feature to work with Xbox Live and PC seamlessly with Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
The feature, which has been confirmed as “coming soon,” will allow gamers to sign into their Twitch.tv account inside the menu option of their Black Ops 2 game. From there, the service will automatically connect to their Xbox-Live and start broadcasting right away. If the player wants to view the amount of viewers he or she has watching that particular game, all they have to do is hit the start button.
But Twitch has added one other cool feature. If the player owns a Kinect, they’ll be able to take advantage of the webcam sight that is already built into the device. From there, Twitch.tv will display a picture-in-picture to the outsiders viewing it, and they will be able to see the player’s ugly mug.
I definitely believe this might be a new feature that a lot of gamers will start to use. It’s kind of a brilliant move on Twitch’s part because it allows the company to be a part of a feature in the game, which is great advertising on their part. It basically breaks down like this, if any Black Ops player wants to live broadcasts themselves onto the Internet while playing the game, they have no other easier choice but to use Twitch.tv.
I fully expect other services that do similar broadcasts, like Ustream, to be in contact with other gaming publishers. This might not be the norm for every video game player, there’s definitely a large enough niche, and whatever site wins, will become the standard for all gamers to broadcast their gaming sessions.