Major Nelson’s Twitch Adventure

Yesterday evening “Xbox Broadcast” was uttered for the first time for the public. Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, hosted the very first public Twitch stream from an Xbox One. The hour long broadcast of Plants Vs. Zombies multiplayer modes proved to be quite informative. There were a couple of times during the broadcast that Hryb’s voice modulated despite his robust home internet connection of 30 mbps downstream and 10 mbps upstream but to be fair, even when those modulation instances occurred, they only lasted a few seconds each time, never really disrupting the viewers enjoyment of the commentary. The visual quality was, when compared to the PS4 streaming quality, excellent. Whether the quality is indicative of what users will see when the new Twitch app launches for the Xbox One on March 11th is debatable.

Twitch viewers count

Twitch viewers count

Initializing Twitch for the first time on Xbox One will test your internet connection speed and recommend video settings. You can toggle the streaming settings higher or lower as per your preference. Broadcast audio can be handled either through the Kinect or headset (Major Nelson was using the yet to be released official Xbox One Stereo headset).  The stream did not include Hryb using the Kinect camera because he ‘was doing this from home & doesn’t have his home studio set up yet’. If it is turned on, the Kinect camera can be placed in any of the four corners of the screen.  Broadcasters can also be in a party chat while broadcasting but only the broadcasters audio can be heard by the Twitch community.

Twitch with chat snapped

Twitch with chat snapped

Animated "Off-Air" Screen

Animated “Off-Air” Screen

Some FAQs:

Q: Can you unsnap the Twitch app and still broadcast?

A: Yes. The snapped Twitch app provides the broadcaster with community chat. This can be accessed using a second screen of your choice.

Q: Is there any Smartglass integration?

A: Not as of yet.

Q: Does “Xbox Record That” work during Twitch?

A: No. Your Twitch streams are automatically archived, however.

Q: What happens when you go to the dashboard?

A: There’s an animated placeholder screen. When the broadcaster is on this screen they have temporarily stopped broadcasting.

Q: Are voice commands disabled while broadcasting?

A: No. Voice commands will work as they always do.

Major Nelson says that they plan to do some more streaming towards the end of this week. There will also be a stream next Monday from SXSW debuting gameplay of Titanfall. The Twitch experience on the Xbox One looks to be one that will really bring the community together in ways that haven’t been seen on home consoles. If you have any further questions about what we saw in the stream please ask them in the comments section below. If you’d like to see the archived stream please click here.

Cicero Holmes

Cicero is an avid gamer and sports fan masochist of the New York Islanders and New York Knicks. You can follow his poor life choices on twitter @StubbyStan.

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