Xbox One: Twitch TV Integration, SmartGlass, and Upload Studio
While the Xbox One press conference is chock full of new games and launch titles, Microsoft also took the wraps off of some other new software components, including Twitch.TV integration/broadcasting, SmartGlass updates, and Upload Studio.
If Xbox One owners want to stream their gameplay sessions online, the integrated Twitch.TV interface will allows console gamers to broadcast to over 35 million Twitch users.The Kinect command “broadcast” is all it takes, and – assuming you’re logged into your Twitch account – you’ll start streaming online within seconds, no extra equipment required.
For those who want playthroughs online, but don’t need the live aspect of broadcasting, Upload Studio is what you’ll be interested in. Voice-activated match/round uploading after-the-fact, some basic editing tools, and cloud storage make Upload Studio a complete, but basic, way to get your footage online. Anyone happy with a capture box and Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro will likely stay away, but Upload Studio is aimed at those who aren’t uploading gameplay footage already– a tool that streamlines the process for the less A/V-savvy crowd.
Lastly, SmartGlass will see a sizable update when the Xbox One arrives in November. The same kind of multimedia entertainment integration should be expected, but there’s definitely a deeper connection with games this time around. Loading bonus content like game timelines, and queuing up single player campaigns or multiplayer sessions through your tablet while occupying yourself with other media, as well as direct interaction with gameplay. During the Dead rising 3 demo, a Windows Phone device was used to call in an artillery strike on an incoming zombie horde. Your mobile device just became a second controller, an interesting feature, but one that might leave your hands a little overwhelmed during gaming sessions. Overall, your tablet, smartphone, etc. acts a general purpose controller for the Xbox One — a nice touch if you’re relying on Kinect for control, but more of a luxury for those with a controller in their hands.
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