Twitch Archiving on PS4 “Will be Supported in the Future”

November 22, 2013Written by Jason Dunning


When Sony detailed livestreaming on the PS4 in their big FAQ, it was revealed how Ustream wouldn’t support archiving, and you’d only be able to do it on Twitch “by presetting via PC.” The FAQ has since been changed (the EU PS Blog one hasn’t) to read “livestreams will not be archived for further viewing on Ustream or Twitch. However, this feature will be supported in the future.”

Speaking to Joystiq about archiving, Twitch’s VP of Marketing Matthew Dipietro said:

We find archiving to be an exciting part of the broadcast experience, especially since broadcasters and their viewers love to be able to revisit and share some of their most memorable moments. It’s up to our partners to determine if it’s a feature set they want to offer as part of their Twitch integration, so we encourage them to keep this functionality top of mind.

One husband and wife combo have taken Twitch by storm by using a PS4, hosting their own talk show of sorts, called The Spartan Show.

If you want to be a popular streamer on Twitch like SpartanM, Content Director Jon Carnage posted these tips (via PS Blog):

  • Be a curator of conversations: Drive conversation with your viewers. Talk about everything and don’t just focus your conversation about the game or games in general. Talk about life, pop culture, music and everything in between.
  • Go live longer than an hour: It might sound shocking at first, but Twitch is long-form entertainment. Our broadcasters stream for hours, so find a sweet spot and before you know it you’ll be rocking a 24-hour broadcast in celebration of a new game release.
  • Find a genre: When laying the foundation for your channel, don’t feel the need to be the best at every game. However, if you are good at one genre (FPS, Platforming, Stealth…), focus on that until you get the swing for engaging between chat and gaming at the same time. It can be a challenge to be good at both, but hang in there – you’ll eventually kick off those training wheels.
  • Have a regular broadcast schedule: This way your viewers can become aware of when a broadcast will happen. You want to post this schedule everywhere you can. The more informed the community is with your shows, the more people will show up.
  • Try to have a camera and mic on: People want to see and hear you! There’s something very special about having a broadcaster looking right at the camera and talking directly to viewers, live. Plus, this will increase your viewership.
  • Engage in the Twitch Universe: Broadcasting is built around community, whether it’s your community or someone else’s, so join other channels that you share a common interest in. This will give you crossover viewership.
  • Authentic voice is essential: Go out there have fun! The more authentic your approach is, the more your viewers will connect with you.

Have you livestreamed anything from your PS4 yet? What’s your channel called? Let us know in the comments below.