Twitch streaming will make its Xbox One debut in March, Microsoft has announced.

The Twitch streaming app will launch alongside Titanfall's North American release date of March 11.

The app will give viewers the chance to join broadcasters' gaming sessions mid-stream.

Twitch CEO and co-founder Emmett Shear described it as "complete integration" in a statement to The AP.

"It's exciting because we've never had the ability to broadcast from a console like this with such a deep level of integration," Shear said.

"The concept of being able to join a broadcasters' party is really cool, and it's another step in the direction of interacting more closely with broadcasters."

"For us, we thought that was too limiting for what our fans would want. Our fans really want the full next-gen service, so that's why we decided to take our time, do it right and have it come out in this fashion.

"The community of Twitch is huge, and this allows us to type into that, and frankly do something that's never been done before on consoles.

"You'll be able to broadcast to any device and consume anyone's broadcast from any device. It's a console experience unique to the Xbox One."

"For us, we thought that was too limiting for what our fans would want. Our fans really want the full next-gen service, so that's why we decided to take our time, do it right and have it come out in this fashion.

"The community of Twitch is huge, and this allows us to type into that, and frankly do something that's never been done before on consoles.

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LEGO: The Hobbit has been given a release date.

The video game tie-in of the film trilogy will be available from April 11 in Europe and April 8 in North America.

Featuring the first two Hobbit films, with playable characters including Bilbo, Gandalf and all of the Dwarves, each of whom will have their own unique abilities.

Middle-earth was previously recreated in LEGO Lord of the Rings, which made its console and PC debut last year.

It was followed by a recent iOS LEGO Lord of the Rings port, which launched earlier this month.

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The Xbox One Titanfall bundle has been further discounted by online retailer GameStop.

GameStop has knocked a further £30 off the console and game bundle, offering the pack for £369.97.

The bundle is available to pre-order now ahead of its March 14 launch.

Microsoft announced plans to reduce the price of the Xbox One yesterday.

From February 28, the Xbox One will be available for £399 with a free code for Titanfall while stocks last.

The discounted bundle contains a standard console, controller, Kinect sensor, one-month free Xbox Live Gold subscription and a digital download code for Titanfall, which will be playable from March 14.

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Update: Deus Ex: The Fall will make its PC debut in March, Square Enix has announced.

Priced at £7.99 ($9.99) from Steam, the PC version of the iOS and Android game will launch on March 25.


The PC port contains full mouse and keyboard support, Microsoft controller support, a revised in-game tutorial, adjusted AI, Steam Achievements and badges, and a rebalanced economy.

In addition to anti aliasing and resolution options, the PC release makes minor adjustments to reticle size and auto targeting, and gives users additional cover options.

Square Enix will also remove in-game purchases.

Fans who pre-order the game now will receive the original Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition for free.

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YouTube is set to receive a special pioneering award from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, it has been announced.

The Digital Emmy Awards will honour the online video-sharing website with the 2014 Pioneer Prize for its innovative contributions to digital entertainment.

The website's head of entertainment, Alex Carloss, will reportedly accept the honour on behalf of the company.

International Academy president and CEO Bruce L Paisner said of the award: "How fitting that we are presenting our 2014 Pioneer Prize to YouTube, a major agent of growth and distribution of digital content throughout the world since its creation in 2005."

Since its launch, YouTube has implemented several changes towards growing its online community and international reach.

The website recently redesigned its front page to emphasise playlists, and has laid out plans to begin 4K video streaming.

Nominees for the Digital Emmy Awards in other categories were also announced, including Digital Programme: Children & Young People; Digital Programme: Fiction and Digital Programme: Non-Fiction.


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Samsung has officially announced its Galaxy S5 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The tech giant's new flagship device is powered by a quad-core Krait chip running at 2.5GHz, and features a 5.1-inch, Full HD Super AMOLED display (1920 x 1080).


Measuring in at 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, the Galaxy S5 tips the scales at 145g and is water and dust-resistant to the IP67 standard.

The handset also includes a 16-megapixel camera on the rear, a 2-megapixel snapper on the front, and runs off a 2800 mAh battery. Google's latest operating system Android 4.4.2 KitKat comes pre-installed.

Samsung has confirmed that the phone will be capable of 4K UHD video recording at 3840 x 2160 resolution.

The Galaxy S5 is said to offer the "world's fastest autofocus speed" of up to 0.3 seconds, and advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), making it possible to reproduce natural light and colour with striking intensity.

A new Selective Focus feature makes it possible to hone in on a specific area of an image without blurring out the background, allowing users to create a shallow depth of field without a special lens kit.

The 4G-ready device comes with a Download Booster on board, a component that boosts data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously.

Both 16GB and 32GB models will be available, but the handset includes microSD support for up to 128GB.


The Galaxy S5 will include a fingerprint scanner, providing biometric screen locking and a secure mobile payment experience. A new Ultra Power Saving Mode will turn the display to black and white, and shut down all unnecessary features to minimise battery consumption.

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WhatsApp has announced that it will introduce voice calling within the coming months.

The messenger service's CEO Jan Koum confirmed at the Mobile World Congress that the feature will be added during the second quarter of the year.


Voice calling will be added to WhatApp's Android, iPhone and iPad apps, with select Nokia and BlackBerry devices gaining the feature at a later date.

The additional functionality sees the service bring heightened competition to rival applications such as BBM, which added voice calls to its iOS and Android apps earlier this month.

WhatsApp is yet to confirm whether it will charge extra for the new service.

The news follows confirmation that Facebook is to acquire WhatsApp in a deal worth $19 billion (£11.9bn).


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PS4's opening weekend sales in Japan have been revealed.

322,083 consoles were bought in the first two days of sale, which is nearly four times the 88,443 PS3 systems sold during 2006, according to Famitsu (via The Verge).

It was noted that the impressive margin was due to supply constraints for the PS3, and added that the Wii U sold a similar number - 308,570 - during its launch in 2012.

PS4 launched in Japan on February 22 alongside several new trailers for its launch line-up.

The PS4's Japanese launch line-up is similar to that of its American and European counterparts, with Nobunaga's Ambition, Capcom's Strider remake and Yakuza: Ishin among the notable differences.

In the UK, console supplies will be constrained until April.

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Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla Games is working on a new IP.

The news was revealed by Killzone executive producer Angie Smets during a video to mark the launch of the PS4 in Japan.

Smets confirms that the new IP has been in development for two and a half years.

"Unfortunately we cannot share details yet of the new IP, so you'll have to be a bit more patient," she adds.

Approximately 322,083 PS4 consoles were bought in the first two days of sale in Japan, which is nearly four times the 88,443 PS3 systems sold during 2006.

Killzone: Shadow Fall has sold more than 2.1 million copies since launching with the PS4 last November.

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vFormer Nokia boss Stephen Elop looks set to become Microsoft's new head of devices and studios business, encompassing Xbox, Surface and game development leadership.

According to an internal memo from current head Julie Larson-Green obtained by Tech Crunch, Elop will take over the role as soon as the Nokia acquisition deal closes.

As part of the move, Larson-Green will apparently take on a newly-created role as chief experience officer for applications and services, overseeing products including Bing, Office, and Skype.

"I'll remain in role leading the DnS organisation in the interim until the Nokia deal closes and Stephen Elop makes his transition to Microsoft," she said in the memo.

"We've been meeting regularly throughout and are making a lot of progress, ensuring our teams are ready for the Day 1 close and beyond."

Elop lost out on the lucrative Microsoft CEO position to Satya Nadella, despite driving the Nokia devices takeover deal. In his new position, Elop will also take the new handset business under his wing.

"You are all in great hands with Stephen and already we've shared a lot with him and his LT from Nokia regarding all of the fantastic people, teams and products in DnS," Larson-Green continued.

"I also know many of you are looking forward to welcoming the Nokia team and working more closely with them."

In November, a report claimed that Elop would have considered selling the Xbox business and scrapping Bing had he been made Microsoft boss.


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