Sony Ends PS4 Support for Ustream

Sorry, Ustream fans. Starting Aug. 1, PlayStation 4 users will only be able to live stream gameplay on Twitch, YouTube, and DailyMotion. Ustream features, including viewing broadcasts from "Live from PlayStation" on the PS4, PS App, and PS Vita go dark next month.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your understanding," the company wrote in a support message.

A Ustream partnership was first announced in February 2013, alongside the next-gen console. The move promised multi-casting so players could schedule a set time and broadcast a game live.

But over time, services like Twitch bested Ustream when it came to consumer use. Early this year, IBM acquired the cloud-based video-streaming service, turning Ustream into an enterprise tool for IBM Cloud customers.

Based on the response to Monday's Twitter announcement, the service won't be missed. "Who uses it anyway?" one gamer wrote.

"Holy crap, I forgot about Ustream. They dropped the ball," another said.

The program did have its fans, though few and far between: "Typical. Always removing useful features," NakedFaerie wrote.

Sony did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

Twitch, meanwhile, was acquired by Amazon in 2014 for $970 million. It recently announced support for an eSports league and in-game streaming via APIs.

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