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The Xbox One has better Twitch streaming

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Here in South Africa, watching Twitch streams is a bit of a gamble. You can either get something slightly worse than a low resolution YouTube video, or you get something that looks like Minecraft in slow motion. Still, with both of the new consoles so heavily invested in this video sharing and streaming stuff, it’s worth seeing which does the streaming better. Right now, it looks like this is one area where the Xbox One has better resolution.

While the Xbox One Twitch streaming functionality hasn’t gone live to the public yet, Xbox evangelist Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb has been testing the feature, teasing his followers with his streaming escapades.

Running the Major’s stream through a Twitch analyzer, we see that the Xbox One twitch stream runs at a solid 30fps, at 720p – with 0 dropped frames. Hooray!

Stream Info

  • Resolution: 1280×720
  • Frame Rate: 30 FPS
  • Audio: aac, 44100 Hz, stereo, s16, 147 kb/s

For comparison’s sake, the PS4 Twitch app at default settings streams at 960×540, also at 30 fps – though it’s interesting that none of the PS4 streams will work through the analyser anymore. Hmmm.

If watching other people play games instead of playing games yourself is your idea of a good time, then it’s pretty clear which console is the one for you.  I can honestly say that my Twitch watching experience from our usually sunny clime has been less than favourable, so for the most part, it’s something I’ve ignored. 

PS4 owners, tell us: do you sit and watch people’s Twitch streams? Xbox One owners; is this something you plan to do?

Twitch streaming goes live on the Xbox One on March 11

Last Updated: March 4, 2014

36 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief in Vegas

    March 4, 2014 at 14:01

    I’d rather stare at this that do the whole twitch thing

    http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/aD0X2dG_460s_v1.jpg

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    • oVg PAYNE

      March 4, 2014 at 14:03

      Arghhhhhhh…

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      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        March 4, 2014 at 14:04

        They are ALL perfectly circles

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        • Hammersteyn

          March 4, 2014 at 14:05

          Well my eyeballs aren’t anymore

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    • Matewis Jubilai

      March 4, 2014 at 14:11

      Somehow reminds me of pretville 😛 I’m filled with the same intense desire to avert my gaze…

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      • DrKiller

        March 4, 2014 at 15:20

        Install Anti-Virus, NOW! 😛

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  2. Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    March 4, 2014 at 14:05

    Never really done the whole twitch thing. I’ve always watched LP’s though and really love it.

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  3. Hammersteyn

    March 4, 2014 at 14:06

    Still don’t know why I would want to watch someone else play. Except Dark Souls. Even then it’s Youtube

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    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      March 4, 2014 at 14:06

      You don’t want to watch Rince or Trevor doing the #ForeverSP thing?

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      • RinceThis

        March 4, 2014 at 14:08

        Oi! That project isn’t guaranteed!

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        • Admiral Chief in Vegas

          March 4, 2014 at 14:09

          “results may vary”?

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 4, 2014 at 14:10

        I don’t like people watching me. I feel bad for them once they realise they just can’t compete with my insane levels of awesome.

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        • Hammersteyn

          March 4, 2014 at 14:12

          hahaha

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        • RinceThis

          March 4, 2014 at 14:13

          Hahaha 😉

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 4, 2014 at 14:21

            See? Empathy. Suck it, bitch. *run*

          • RinceThis

            March 4, 2014 at 14:33

            Your empathy is a lie. And no, I won’t 0-O

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            March 4, 2014 at 14:39

            You should have said:

            “Sure I’ll suck it, IF I CAN FIND THE WEEEE THING!!!”

          • RinceThis

            March 4, 2014 at 14:50

            LOL and NO…

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            March 4, 2014 at 14:51

            Indeed, impossible to find

        • General JJ the annihilator

          March 4, 2014 at 14:56

          I’ve been in that situation myself. And I just looked in your general direction.

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  4. RinceThis

    March 4, 2014 at 14:07

    Well it makes sense that the Bone would have better streaming, I mean it’s not like it was made to play games anyway… Trololol

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    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      March 4, 2014 at 14:08

      LOOOOOOOL

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 4, 2014 at 14:09

      Well played.

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 4, 2014 at 14:13

      Classic!

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  5. Gerhard Davids

    March 4, 2014 at 14:08

    I enjoy twitch. Especially for competitive games or charity drives.

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    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      March 4, 2014 at 14:08

      Ok, charity I can support

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    • RinceThis

      March 4, 2014 at 14:09

      Ya, charity I get.

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  6. Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

    March 4, 2014 at 14:16

    In all fairness, a 720 P video would stream better than a 1080 P video 😛 (and yes I did read the article)

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    • RinceThis

      March 4, 2014 at 14:18

      Hahahha! Where is Pieter? 😉

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  7. RedRover

    March 4, 2014 at 14:24

    Most streams I watch of local BF4 matches have people complaining of lag if the stream is higher than 480p resolution. Some of the shoutcasters have invested in 20 and 40meg VDSL to stream 720p but the viewers can’t download the stream smoothly so whats the point? I have heard that we need local Twitch partners for this to work.

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  8. FoxOneZA

    March 4, 2014 at 14:43

    Twitch is bigger than we think. Pity the streams are hampered by a first come first serve quality basis.

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    • Clay Johnson

      March 4, 2014 at 22:51

      Twitch will evolve in time. Especially considering these console’s built in ability, the number of potential users jumped several milliom! If the number of active people broadcasting and viewing are any indicator, I’d give it a few more years

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  9. PsiCoRe

    March 4, 2014 at 15:44

    omg. Did I just stumble into the valley of the n00bs?

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  10. Pieter Kruger

    March 4, 2014 at 16:25

    Twitch is HUGE! Used by tens of millions worldwide! And why not? I would definitely rather watch some dude play Minecraft than watch Idols!! Been having it on the Xbone and it works like a charm! Xbox One does have a couple of nice features added(joining the streamers party etc). Good stuff!????

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    • Jonah Cash

      March 4, 2014 at 16:40

      Glad you are having fun with it man!! Good on you!!

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  11. JustAnotherGamer

    March 5, 2014 at 07:36

    Not interested in this at all, and even if i was it wouldn’t be enough to buy a xone.

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