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. 

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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

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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