PS4 users will be able to broadcast their gameplay sessions directly to their Twitch channels with a press of the Share button located on the DualShock 4 controller. For those who wish to spectate rather than stream, a Twitch viewing app will also be available on the PS4. This ensures that any PS4 owner will be able to get the full Twitch experience on their console.
Twitch’s arrival on the PS4 marks the first time the service will be available on a Sony console. Currently there is no Twitch app available for the PS3 or PS Vita. Twitch has said they are hoping to change it but, as of now, the PS4 seems like the focus.
Sharing gameplay content was a large focus of the Sony reveal in February. Players will be able to use the Share button to save their gameplay sessions, stream them, share them with friends and even upload images and videos to various social media sites. Sony said the feature could be used for fun or even to help others by creating video walkthroughs. At the time, Ustream was revealed to be the service PS4 users would use to stream gameplay and many wondered if Twitch could be used as a service as well.
Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for SCE also took to Twitter to go over details of game streaming that weren’t discussed during the Twitch reveal. When asked if players could do commentary during their game streams, Yoshida replied with a yes. He also said that the PlayStation Camera can be used to facecam during live streams.
Sony’s Twitch announcement might have come as a surprise for many due to the service’s collaboration with Microsoft. A Twitch app is currently available for the Xbox 360 allowing Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers to browse and watch top streams. When Microsoft revealed the Xbox One they announced that Twitch functionality was integrated into the console. The Xbox One will allow players to upload and stream content directly to Twitch.
Twitch.tv brings in more than 35 million unique visitors a month. The average viewer watches streams for an hour and a half a day making the service one of the most popular ways to watch and stream live gameplay sessions in the world.