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Next-Gen Gaming’s Killer App Is Here, And Microsoft Is Late To The Party

on Tuesday, Nov. 19th

The killer app of Next Generation gaming has been declared: it’s live-streaming. That’s according to Wired’s Chris Kohler:

Among other neato whiz-bang features, PlayStation 4 lets you stream your gameplay via the websites Twitch and Ustream. So you can turn your private gameplay session into a public broadcast. This isn’t online multiplayer gameplay, this is as if the whole world could sit on your couch with you and watch you play through Killzone, or Knack, or anything. They can see your face, hear your voice and type chat messages to you that pop up on your TV underneath the gameplay.

Here’s the bad news, for Microsoft, after a weekend where streaming on Twitch amounted to a ton of free advertising for their rival–Sony’s Playstation 4–the Redmond giant declared that live-streaming won’t be ready when their new machine launches this week.

Now I know that there was no way to be certain that gamers would suddenly get the streaming bug… actually. Wait. There was. The folks buying consoles during the first week are the early adopter set, of course they’d want to show off.

Hardware reviews of the XBox One won’t hit game sites until midnimidnightght east coast time tonight, but the launch of Microsoft’s new machine has been nothing but one PR nightmare after another.

The good news for gamers choosing to wait-and-see? Reviews of launch titles for both systems have been mostly negative, with the highest marks going to a remake of the PC strategy game “Zoo Tycoon.” In other words: 2014 is going to be a great year for next-gen gaming. 2013, is pretty much a bust on that front.

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