PlayStation 4 owners hoping to stream footage of their gameplay will find it exceedingly simple, thanks to a surprisingly simple Twitch integration.
Twitch has become the de facto leader in streaming game footage, and with the PlayStation 4 just around the corner the firm has revealed a partnership with Sony that should make it very easy to stream your favorite titles. According to a newly-issued press release, streaming footage to your Twitch account will be as simple as pressing the “Share” button on your DualShock4 controller. Further, the console will have built-in Twitch functionality, allowing PS4 owners to view any of the service’s many streams on their new console.
“Social capabilities are an integral part of PS4, so Twitch will play an important role in delivering a compelling connected experience to PlayStation fans,” states President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida. “Twitch’s gamer-focused community combined with our strong portfolio of innovative PS4 titles, will help define next generation gameplay and community engagement.”
While this is undoubtedly good news for those who enjoy spectating professional gamers or inviting others to watch their own play, it remains to be seen how well this bandwidth-intensive feature set will actually perform when dropped into the hands of consumers. If history is any indication, it should perform flawlessly for anyone with a solid broadband connection, but still, only time will tell.