Sony has reaffirmed to Joystiq it's "planning to add [Twitch] livestream archiving in the future" to PlayStation 4. The company couldn't detail an estimated time it would unlock the feature or what the quality level would be set at. PS4 Twitch streams are not currently in high definition.
Setting up Twitch streaming has never been easier than it is on PS4. In under five minutes, every console owner can stream their gameplay on the broadcasting platform. The one major drawback about Twitch on consoles (compared to PC) is a lack of archiving, which has Twitch automatically save the gameplay stream for later viewing and editing. Currently, all PS4 Twitch streams can only be watched live.
"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," Twitch's VP of Marketing Matthew DiPietro told Joystiq. "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."
As for Microsoft, which surprised everyone earlier this week by saying it wouldn't have Twitch streaming support until 2014, a spokesperson tells us, "We're always listening to our fans' feedback, and this is certainly something we'd consider adding. We look forward to bringing Twitch broadcast to Xbox One early next year and will share more details on features in the future."