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New Twitch app for PlayStation consoles will bring ‘full experience’

Amazon-owned game broadcasting service Twitch has announced it is to release a new application for the PlayStation platform.

During the TwitchCon 2015 event on Friday, the YouTube rival said a ‘full experience’ is coming to the PS4, PS3, PS Vita and PlayStation TV box this autumn.

The new app for the current-gen PlayStation 4 will give the console parity with the Xbox One Twitch app.

Previously the app had only been capable of broadcasting gameplay using the PS Share features, while allowing users to watch streams from other PS4 gamers.

The new and improved app will introduce live streaming of all Twitch channels and brings all of the popular features available on other platforms, such as chat integration.

While the Twitch app is getting a refit on PS4, it’s the first time Twitch will be available on the PS3, the PS TV mini-console and the PS Vita handheld. The latter represents the first time live streaming has been available on a handheld console.

YouTube Gaming: What to expect from the Twitch rival

Meanwhile, at TwitchCon 2015, the company announced it will add video uploads (rather than just streams) and playlists in 2016, further cementing its rivalry with Google’s YouTube.

That’ll mean users can create videos and upload them to a Twitch channel without having to live stream them to the masses first. It’ll also mean gamers will be able to spend more time curating their content rather than simply throwing a stream up.

Last month YouTube introduced a new Gaming-centric platform to combat the rise of Twitch, which Amazon purchased for over a billion dollars in 2014.

Finally, Twitch announced it will complete the switch over from Flash to HTML5 early next year.

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