Twitch -- the video game broadcasting service that has already proved popular with many Xbox One users -- is to expand its range of features in the next couple of weeks adding, amongst other things, the ability to stream live games. Until now gamers have only been able to record game clips and watch Twitch streams, but now things are being taken much further.
The update is due to hit the download servers in March at the same time as the hotly anticipated Titanfall. It will give Twitcher the option of participating in games with broadcasters, use voice commands to start broadcasts, as well as live streaming games. It's something that Twitch is pleased to bring to Xbox One owners:
"It's complete integration. It's exciting because we've never had the ability to broadcast from a console like this with such a deep level of integration. The concept of being able to join a broadcasters' party is really cool, and it's another step in the direction of interacting more closely with broadcasters," said Emmett Shear, co-founder and CEO of Twitch.
There have been complaints that the update has taken too long to be released, but Microsoft wanted to make sure that everything was as good as possible:
"Our fans really want the full next-gen service, so that's why we decided to take our time, do it right and have it come out in this fashion," said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's vice president of marketing and strategy for Xbox.
Is this an app update you're looking forward to or is it something you'll skip?