In a bizarre turn of events we see EA’s Origin offering up something that Steam hasn’t yet discussed or made possible. In the next Origin update you’ll be able to launch your Origin games (and also add non-Origin games) and stream them directly to Twitch.tv, the popular video game streaming service. Normally this would require a third party program to be running, set up to capture certain parts of the screen, and then configure the sound and video settings, and finally troubleshoot different issues you may have. With Origin you simply press Shift+F1, click the “Twitch Video Broadcast” button, log in and give your stream a name and adjust the audio levels depending on whether or not you want to use a mic or not, and click Start. There are settings where you can go in and adjust different settings such as the video resolution (no word on max resolution, normally third party programs will limit you in some way with the audio being mono or a low quality or the video being restricted to a lower resolution until you purchase the full program or pay a monthly subscription fee).
See that screenshot up there? Did we mention that EA is giving away Battlefield 1942 for FREE on Origin? That’s right, you should pick it up and install one of the dozens of mods that make the game unique and more fun than ever before.