Twitch On Switch offers live broadcasts on the go, but there’s a catch

Twitch has finally launched an app for the Nintendo Switch, allowing users to watch live streams on the go.

One note before we start: Twitch. Switch. There’s going to be a lot of rhyming in this room, let’s put that aside at the top. Okay, let’s continue.

While Switch still lacks a lot of video streaming apps available on other platforms, the addition of the Twitch app is a big step forward. Twitch is only really becoming the second major video app on the Switch platform, with Netflix remaining oddly silent. Netflix quickly incorporated previous Nintendo hardware, but for some reason it doesn’t care about the Switch.

What’s important to note about this new Twitch Switch is that it’s only for watching. You cannot broadcast To Twitch through the app as you can on PS5 or Xbox. If you want to stream Switch games, you’ll still be using your PC and capture card.

A quick check of the Australian Nintendo Switch eShop reveals that the app is now also available in Australia.

The app itself is pretty basic, but retains a similar interface to the PS5 and Xbox versions. What’s interesting is that despite the Switch’s touchscreen and keyboard controls, you can’t participate in the chat. You can’t even scroll it next to it. Instead, you can link the Twitch app on your smartphone via a QR code to get involved, which, if we’re being honest, is a bit odd. Honestly, it’s probably just about how much screen space Twitch could use in laptop or tabletop mode. Video, chat and an on-screen keyboard would indeed create a very cluttered interface.

As far as we can see, there’s no way to buy any subscriptions, bits, or cheers either. All of this has probably been transferred to the smartphone app.

It’s still Twitch on Switch, so we’ll take it.


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