ONE OF the Xbox One games console's main features, the ability to broadcast gameplay live, is still months away from becoming a reality.
The wait for the live broadcasting service is despite Microsoft having touted it as a headline feature when it announced the Xbox One last May.
The live streaming technology, which allows gamers to watch other gamers battling it out online across an array of titles, runs on a service called Twitch. The service wasn't available for Xbox One users when the console launched in November, but Microsoft had said all along that it would come out in "early 2014", meaning that it's not really delayed yet.
However, according to the Twitch support page on Twitter, Microsoft won't release it any time soon, either, with the firm unable to give any estimated time of arrival.
Xbox One Direct Broadcasting: There is no ETA at this time from Microsoft. Expect a few more months. If we know sooner, we'll update.— Twitch Support (@TwitchTVSupport) January 8, 2014
Sony's Playstation 4 (PS4) shipped with Twitch integration and is said to be providing over 20 percent of all traffic to the live streaming firm, demonstrating a clear desire from gamers for the feature.
Twitch was launched in June 2011, and there are already over 35 million viewers on Twitch every month, with the average viewer watching an hour and a half a day, the company has claimed.
The Twitch service could help the Japanese games console get one step ahead of Microsoft while the latter struggles to bring the feature to its Xbox One gamers. µ