Twitch integration confirmed for PlayStation 4

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Update: Ustream details added.

Sony and Twitch today confirmed that the Twitch streaming service will be integrated into the PS4.

Twitch, which will also be available for the Xbox One, allows players to broadcast and commentate live gameplay video direct from their console. Sony originally partnered with Ustream, so we’re not quite sure if Twitch replaces the or will be made available in addition to it. Either way, it’s great news.

Update: According to a Ustream rep, Ustream is “locked in” and will coexist with Twitch on the PS4. More details should be released in the near future.

Read on for the announcement.

August 20, 2013 – Twitch, the world?s leading video platform and community for gamers, today announced it will be coming to the PlayStation 4 (PS4) system, Sony Computer Entertainment?s (SCE) next generation computer entertainment system. By simply hitting the ?Share? button on the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, PS4 system users worldwide will be able to broadcast their gameplay directly to their Twitch channels. In addition, users will be able to view content streamed to the Twitch community from other PS4 gamers. PS4 users will be able to fully utilize Twitch?s broadcast and viewing features for free.

?PlayStation has a long history of delivering some of the best gaming experiences in the industry and we?re excited to have Twitch available on a console as heavily anticipated as PS4,” said Emmett Shear, Twitch CEO. ?Through this partnership we are paving the way for every PS4 gamer to become both a broadcaster and an avid spectator of amazing content.?

?Social capabilities are an integral part of PS4, so Twitch will play an important role in delivering a compelling connected experience to PlayStation fans,? said Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios. ?Twitch?s gamer-focused community combined with our strong portfolio of innovative PS4 titles, will help define next generation gameplay and community engagement.?

Since launching in June 2011, Twitch has focused its efforts on being everywhere gamers are, as well as being a platform for the vast and varied video game ecosystem. As a result, the platform?s broadcasting community spans developers, media outlets, organizations, publishers and individual gamers with more than 600,000 broadcasters catering to more than 38 million unique viewers per month.