Netflix of video games: Twitch coming to PS4

Aug 20, 2013 by Derrik J. Lang
In this June 11, 2013 file photo, show attendees play video games on the new Sony PlayStation 4 at the Sony booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. Twitch is coming to the PlayStation 4; the popular streaming video service that allows gamers to broadcast footage online was previously announced as a feature for Microsoft's Xbox One. Sony said Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, the service would also be available on the PS4, which adds a "Share" button to its new controller. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Twitch is another step closer to becoming the Netflix of the video game world.

The popular video game footage streaming service will be available on Sony's next-generation PlayStation 4 when it's released later this year. By tapping the new "share" button on the PS4 controller, users will be able to broadcast gameplay directly to Twitch.

Microsoft announced similar Twitch integration earlier this year for its upcoming Xbox One.

Currently, more than 600,000 Twitch broadcasters are watched by more than 38 million viewers a month.

This undated publicity photo released by Microsoft/Twitch shows the streaming video service, Twitch, broadcasting the fighting game, "Killer Instinct," on Xbox One. Twitch will be coming to the Xbox One, as well as the PlayStation 4. By hitting the "Share" button on the Dualshock 4 wireless controller, PS4 users will be able to broadcast their gameplay directly to Twitch. (AP Photo/Microsoft/Twitch)

This undated publicity photo released by Microsoft/Twitch shows the streaming video service, Twitch, broadcasting the fighting game, "Killer Instinct," on Xbox One. Twitch will be coming to the Xbox One, as well as the PlayStation 4. By hitting the "Share" button on the Dualshock 4 wireless controller, PS4 users will be able to broadcast their gameplay directly to Twitch. (AP Photo/Microsoft/Twitch)

Sony Corp. previously announced that the PS4 would allow users to share gameplay experiences on the social networking site Facebook and video streaming service Ustream.

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