There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed - W. Somerset Maugham
COMBAT AND ROBOTS GAME Titanfall is now out for the Microsoft Xbox One, and has been joined by broadcast app Twitch.
Both are supposed to make an impact on Microsoft's latest games console, and Microsoft talked up its March update in terms of them.
"Our second, and most significant, system update for Xbox One is starting to roll out today and includes improved matchmaking, party chat and friends features that will make gaming on Xbox One an experience like no other," said Microsoft product manager Mark Whitten as he introduced the update last week.
"To me that means playing games like 'Titanfall' on the best multiplayer service on the planet, using a new headset or the one you already own, while live broadcasting your games on Twitch."
Microsoft had a big splash for the launch of Titanfall and hosted a number of midnight launch events including, naturally, a Twitch broadcast.
Anyone that wants to broadcast their gaming experience should look for the Twitch app on the Xbox One downloads page.
The feature has proved to be an immediate success on Sony's Playstation 4 (PS4) and Sony marketing VP John Koller said that its games and players have taken one fifth of all Twitch traffic since going live. He added that 3.5 million sessions have been streamed through Twitch and Ustream.
Also hot for Titanfall is the Wingman feature that lets gamers follow strategy, tips and gameplay videos as they work through a title. This, which has the backing of Machinima, was a launch feature for the Xbox. Twitch, however, was a long time coming. µ
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