Twitch, the world’s largest game streaming service, is finally available on Nintendo Switch consoles, but you can only view the content and not change it.
Nintendo USA tweeted that the app can now be downloaded for free from the game maker’s eShop and runs on all current consoles – Switch OLED, Switch Lite and standard Switch model.
Twitch is now available at #NintendoSwitch #eShop! Download now: https://t.co/q7y7taZIFc pic.twitter.com/M7t4v5u5IiNovember 11, 2021
While Twitch’s core content was originally video streams of users playing games, other media such as Nintendo Direct announcements, live game events, and talk shows are also available to stream on Switch.
Aside from the fact that you can not stream your own stream, there are some other restrictions on the switch processor for the switch. The interface is very simple and only has a home, browsing and search tab, which extends over the entire surface.
There is no way to view or communicate stream chats directly on the switch, instead you need to access them via your smartphone or similar device. Fortunately, you can quickly go to the right stream on your mobile and scan the QR code on the Switch’s Twitch app to chat.
This also applies to the account and help areas commonly found in the Twitch app – you just need to access them on your smartphone and scan the QR code.
Better a poor horse than no horse at all
While the news that the Twitch is now available on Nintendo consoles is a sign of progress, the limited integration of the Switch is certainly not innovative when compared to competing consoles.
Both Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X support the app – both for viewing and streaming – and the PS5 has its own “Create” button on the DualSense controller, allowing gamers to quickly stream their own stream.
Nintendo is not known (or even close to being at the forefront of supporting existing standards). The Nintendo Switch was fitted with Bluetooth audio two months ago so the four-year-old console could finally support wireless headsets. Unfortunately, this process was unreliable and had delay and sound quality issues.
Additionally, the console does not support some of the most popular applications already found on other devices – Netflix, Disney Plus and Amazon Prime video are not included.
It is hoped that Nintendo’s Twitch implementation will support the transfer of game streams in the future. However, since the operating system is so low that it is not possible to run multiple games or apps in parallel (like the PS5 and XSX), we do not need to breathe.
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