Above is a quick video showing you some of the features of the Twitch broadcasting app for Xbox One and how it is integrated into the system. I’ve been using the app all week to broadcast gameplay, so if you want to see what the quality of the audio and video is, then watch out some of my past broadcasts on my Twitch channel.
Twitch Broadcasting will be available for all Xbox One owners next week. To ensure you can get started right away, here are a few steps you can take now to be sure you are ready to go on the air:
How to Prepare for Twitch Broadcasting
From your computer:
- Go online to www.twitch.tv and sign up for a Twitch account.
- In Settings, go to Channel & Videos and select Archive Broadcasts.
On your console:
- Sign into your Xbox One console and download the Twitch app.
- You can customize your picture-in-picture to broadcast both your gameplay and yourself through Kinect.
- In your Profile, make sure your presence is set to “online”
- In the Settings app under “Privacy and Online Safety,” make sure the option to “See if you’re online” is set to “Everyone” and “Broadcast gameplay” is set to “Allow.”
- Also in the Settings app under“ Privacy and Online Safety,” make sure the option to “Share content made using Kinect” is set to “Allow.”
- In the Settings app under “Preference,” check “Allow broadcasts and Game DVR Uploads”
- In the Settings app under “Kinect,” check “Kinect on” and to include Kinect audio in your broadcast check “Use Kinect microphone for chat.”
Devastation, the second DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, debuts April 3, first on Xbox. This pack features four unique multiplayer maps, an all-new tactical 2-in-1 weapon, and Episode 2: Mayday – the next installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative.
Here’s a bit more intel we’ve received on these maps:
- RUINS: A mountaintop Mayan ruin overrun by the jungle, Ruins’ skyline is dominated by an ominous volcano on the brink of eruption. The central temple provides a key overwatch position, and adds verticality to the subterranean sections beneath the temple’s foundations. These underground sections, cliffside trails and stairwells create a myriad of pathways and flanking routes so players will never be far from the frantic action.
- BEHEMOTH: Situated on a massive bucket-wheel excavator (BWE), one of the largest vehicles ever created, Behemoth is a narrow, multi-level map. Long sight lines open Behemoth up to longer-range weapons, while BWE’s core walkways offer tight interior control rooms, ideal for those who prefer close-quarters combat. The map’s multiple levels gives players flanking opportunities so there will rarely be an opportunity to focus solely on your cross-hairs.
- COLLISION: Having collided with a New York bridge, the resulting wreckage of this cargo ship provides the setting for Collision. With the mangled remains of the bridge, burnt out vehicles, and shipping containers strewn across the deck, this map provides the ideal theatre for tight, close-quarters combat.
- UNEARTHED: Inspired by Dome, the fan-favorite map from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Unearthed drops players at the heart of an alien dig site. Unearthed lies amidst the shadows of mysterious ancient statues, and at its heart is an ancient meteorite – the focus of the excavation.
Moving on to Devastation’s new weapon, The Ripper: This unique weapon provides players with two different configurations: medium to short-range capability as a Sub Machine-Gun (SMG), and medium to long-range as an Assault Rifle (AR), giving maximum flexibility to adjust to a variety of map types and tactics.
And finally, the Extinction experience continues with Episode 2: Mayday. In the aftermath of Episode 1: Nightfall, the Quick Reaction Force team is sent in to investigate a high-tech ghost ship adrift in the South Pacific. In Episode 2: Mayday your team will need new weapons and new tactics to deal with the insidious wall-crawling “Seeder,” and the skyscraper-sized monstrosity known as the “Kraken.” To survive, players must explore the ship’s cavernous environment, scavenge supplies and construct improvised weapons and traps from blueprints found onboard.
Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation, available April 3rd, first on Xbox.
Starting at select retailers next week in the U.S., a digital copy of Forza Motorsport 5 will be included with purchases of Xbox One for the retail price of $499.99 for a limited time. Hailed by critics and consumers alike as the best-looking and most realistic racing game of this, or any other generation, Forza Motorsport 5 has been embraced by Xbox One fans worldwide, becoming the best-selling racing game by console attach over the past decade.
In our quest to delight fans, we wanted to give even more people the chance to experience their ultimate car fantasy.
Check with your local retailer for details.
Last week, we invited you to join us to celebrate the launch of Titanfall, and the response has been incredible. While more people have RSVP’d via Facebook than can even fit in the building, this will be a first come-first served event.
And here’s a way to become even… first-er:
Join us this Sunday, March 9th at 5pm for a casual meet-up at the Microsoft Store in Austin @ The Domain. The first 50 people to arrive at the store will be granted VIP access to Monday night’s launch party. Just line up in the designated area outside the store (but not before 4pm!)
We’ll also be playing games and raffling off prizes (including an Xbox One), so feel free to come on by even if you’re not looking to attend Monday’s launch party. We look forward to meeting you (and receiving your recommendations for good local BBQ).
See you Sunday!
The March system update for Xbox One is starting to roll out today, addressing some of the biggest feedback you’ve shared with us.
This significant update includes improved matchmaking, party chat and friends features that will make gaming on Xbox One an experience like no other. This update means next week you’ll be able to enjoy Titanfall on the best multiplayer service on the planet, using a new headset or the one you already own, while live broadcasting your games on Twitch (when the updated Twitch app arrives next week.)
Take a look at some of these new features in action:
How do you get the new update? For the vast majority of Xbox One owners who use “Instant On” (the low power state that allows you to instantly power up your console by saying “Xbox On”), the console automatically checks for updates when customers turn it off. This means that once we’ve made the March update available (late tonight, Pacific Time), the next time you turn your console off it will take the update during off-peak hours in your local time. Ultimately, you’ll see it sometime in the next day or two.
For more information on this system update, click over to Xbox Wire. Here is a longer list of the features you’ll see in this update:
Improved Multiplayer & Party chat
- Cross title party chat
- Party chat on by default
- Easier multiplayer invites
- Easier multiplayer joining
- Ability to see what the people in your party are doing
Improved Friends List + Profile
- Improved friends list utility & speed of access
- Ability to see people you recently played games with
- See when friends are broadcasting, including live broadcast thumbnails in activity feed
- Get to a friend’s profile faster using type-ahead suggestions
- Contextual app menu actions on friends list and activity feed items
- Enabled more multiplayer (join and invite) actions on user profiles
- 54 new contest-winning gamerpics
Twitch TV live streaming support
- Broadcast gameplay on Twitch.TV through Xbox LIVE (When the updated Twitch app ships next week.)
- Voice support for starting and ending broadcast
Bringing out social in home
- See favorite friends currently online
- See friends broadcasting gameplay
Miscellaneous shell improvements
- View Game Clips while in snap mode
- Protect user settings with passkey
- Control Bing and Google maps with gesture and controller
- Quick search when highlighting a term on a page
- When searching from Bing search on the console, direct link to Internet Explorer in order to see additional web results.
New Devices – Driver and Firmware updates
- Firmware update to the Xbox One controller to support the Xbox One stereo headset adapter
- Support for 1st and 3rd party headsets
- Driver updates for the Xbox One Media Remote
- Push notification to your device for Xbox Live messages
- Quickly see what a friend is doing including presence and recent
- Enhanced viewing of personal and a friend’s game progress and clips
- Ability to close snap from SmartGlass
- 50Hz fix – users can set the Live TV app to display at 50Hz for full or fill modes
- Volume up/down adjustments – user can tailor the number of volume increments when using “volume up” or “volume down” commands
- IR blasting of power & volume to TVs/AVRs in all regions
- AVR setup maps to include model number for most sound bars or AVRs when setting up TV
Improved Audio output support
- SPDIF (optical out) now supports 5.1 Dolby Digital – enabling devices such as sound bars with only Optical In to be able to receive 5.1 Dolby Digital from console over optical
- HDMI output now supports stereo uncompressed, 5.1 uncompressed, 7.1 uncompressed or 5.1 Dolby Digital live or 5.1 DTS
Edit: Updated the list
Beginning today, Team Dakota has expanded the Project Spark Beta Program onto Xbox One. That means Xbox One owners can join the existing community of designers to create and share new worlds or jump into other community creations to to play or remix their creations. Take a look:
With the beta coming to the console for the first time, we posed a few questions to the Project Spark team:
What does the Xbox One version of the Project Spark beta bring to the program?
The Xbox One version of Project Spark adds Performance Capture support with Kinect. Record your own animations and voice Make your custom moves, record voice over and customize your creations before you share them with the community across Xbox One and Windows 8. The Xbox One version also allows players to play their creations on their big screen at home. You can easily save your creation to the cloud and seamlessly play or create on either Windows 8 or Xbox One. Additionally, Project Spark automatically translates standard controls from Windows 8 mouse and keyboard to Xbox One controller and vice versa.
What’s a good starting point for new Project Spark creators?
Users can dive right into what the community has made, use Crossroads which lets them play as they create their own adventure, or play the interactive tutorials and learn how to make an adventure from scratch while building one.
What are some of the best creations you’ve seen in the beta so far?
The community has blown us away with their creations in the few months that Project Spark has been in Windows 8 beta. Some of our favorites are a wall jumper titles ‘Blaze Jumper,’ a visually stunning artistic showcase titled ‘Colour,’ and ‘Pinball Raid!’
How do folks sign up for the Project Spark beta?
It is simple! Go to www.projectspark.com and enter your email. You will be notified when your beta admittance is ready and you can install Project Spark and begin to create and play!
Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 10 March 2014.
|Content Title||Content Type||Discount %|
|Call of Duty: Ghosts||Xbox One game||33%|
|Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition||Xbox One game||10%|
|Content Title||Content Type||Discount %|
|Call of Duty: Ghosts||Games on Demand||33%|
|Assassin’s Creed IV||Games on Demand||33%|
|I Am Alive||Arcade||75%|
|Call of Juarez Gunslinger||Arcade||75%|
|Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game||Arcade||75%|
|Galaga Legions DX||Arcade||67%|
|Bang Bang Racing||Arcade||67%|
|Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate||Arcade||50%|
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Xbox 360 Deals of the Week are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.