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Twitch starts rolling out 1080p/60fps streaming option

Twitch starts rolling out 1080p/60fps streaming option

Live streaming is quickly becoming not just the latest new trend but also the hottest new monetization source (read: ads). And while there are a lot of new live streaming platforms popping up, Twitch.tv is still considered to be the granddaddy of such services. It is only appropriate, then, that the now Amazon-owned company is initiating a new thrust that will push the quality of live streaming forward. And it is doing so by finally making streaming at a higher quality of 1080p available to the masses, just in time for the entertainment industry's push for even more insane 4K resolutions.

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Twitch launches new desktop app for game streaming

Twitch launches new desktop app for game streaming

Soon you'll be able to experience Twitch from a native desktop app rather than a browser window. The game broadcasting/streaming platform has announced it's launching the aptly titled Twitch Desktop App, allowing users to access the service's core features and more, including watching streams, participating in chats, and private messaging. This comes just days after Twitch unveiled Pulse, its own take on a Twitter-like feed of updates.

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Zelda Williams is streaming Breath of the Wild today for charity

Zelda Williams is streaming Breath of the Wild today for charity

It's hard to escape The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at the moment, but if you can't play it, why not watch someone stream it? Zelda Williams - daughter of the late Robin Williams - has announced that she'll be streaming Breath of the Wild later today. As if that weren't cool enough, she's doing the stream for charity, so watching helps promote a good cause too.

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Pulse is Twitch’s own brand of Twitter

Pulse is Twitch’s own brand of Twitter

It seems that Twitch is really out to expand its territory, or at least keep everything withing the confines f its kingdom. After the revelation that Twitch will be going after Steam by selling games itself, it is now taking on Twitter and Facebook with a social feed of its own. Called Pulse, the feature aggregates posts from all the Twitch broadcasters you follow into one single place, inside Twitch, of course, so you won’t have to wait for their next juicy update on Twitter or Facebook.

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Twitch will soon let you purchase the games you watch

Twitch will soon let you purchase the games you watch

With all of the changes Twitch has been making recently, you'd be forgiven if you thought it was beginning to move away from video games as its main focus. Not only does a social eating category exist, but the IRL channel - which allows content creators to stream pretty much whatever they want - has gained a lot of traction since it was first introduced. Despite those, the focus is back on gaming today, with Twitch announcing that you'll soon be able to use the streams you watch as a sort of marketplace.

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Microsoft’s Beam app starts challenging Twitch on Xbox One

Microsoft’s Beam app starts challenging Twitch on Xbox One

Last summer, Microsoft acquired livestreaming service Beam as part of its plans to further integrate its Xbox gaming platform with Windows 10, and now it appears it's ready to start positioning Beam as a serious rival to Twitch. The company has announced that a new Beam app is coming to the Xbox One, with select Xbox Insider Program members getting early access starting this weekend.

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Here are 6 runs from AGDQ 2017 you need to watch

Here are 6 runs from AGDQ 2017 you need to watch

Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 wrapped up over the weekend, but not before smashing donation records set by previous marathons. In all, AGDQ 2017 raised over $2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, surpassing the previous record of $1.5 million set during AGDQ 2015. What's even more impressive is that more than $1 million was raised during a single day at AGDQ 2017, with donations flooding in during the last day of the marathon.

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 speed running event kicks off this Sunday

Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 speed running event kicks off this Sunday

One of the year's largest gaming marathons, Awesome Games Done Quick 2017, is set to begin this Sunday. The event will last nearly a full week, kicking off at 11:30 AM Eastern on January 8 and then wrapping up in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, January 15. In between those beginning and end times, speed runners from all around the world will run their favorite games in front of a live audience.

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Twitch IRL opens the vlogging floodgates

Twitch IRL opens the vlogging floodgates

Twitch is introducing a new IRL category today, and as the name suggests, it has little to do with gaming. Inspired by vlog-style videos that seem to be so popular on YouTube, Twitch IRL allows streamers to interact with their audience directly without playing a game. Topics can vary greatly depending on what broadcasters want to discuss (within Twitch's Community Guidelines, of course), but one rule persists regardless of the topic: audience interaction is key.

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The White House is hosting a game marathon later today (yes, really)

The White House is hosting a game marathon later today (yes, really)

Gaming marathons are nothing new, but would you believe that the White House is hosting one later today? Believe it: at 1 PM Pacific, the White House will kick off a gaming marathon livestream on Twitch, complete with appearances from some of today's popular Twitch streamers. On top of all of that, Shaq's going to be there, and yes, I was confused at first too.

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Twitch uploads beta goes live: challenging YouTube at last

Twitch uploads beta goes live: challenging YouTube at last

Just as YouTube took a page out of Twitch's handbook with the roll out of YouTube Gaming, so too is Twitch now borrowing from its competitor. Twitch has announced a new beta program that allows users to upload pre-recorded videos, which may put some pressure on YouTube - at least as far as gaming content is concerned.

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Twitch goes ad-free for Amazon Prime members, dropping subscription tier

Twitch goes ad-free for Amazon Prime members, dropping subscription tier

At this weekend's Twitch Con 2016 in San Diego, the Amazon-owned video game live-streaming service announced that it was replacing its premium subscription plan in favor of a closer relationship with Amazon's Prime service. Now, instead of paying $9/month for the ad-free Twitch Turbo, Amazon Prime subscribers will automatically get the ad-free Twitch experience, in addition to deals on games and bonus content.

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