Fans had to wait more than 4 years, now the time has finally come: All Switch owners can download the official Twitch app for free from the Nintendo eShop. The software allows streams to be viewed live on the handheld console. But switch players have to do without one important function.
Twitch: Streaming app lands on the switch after 4 years
So far, anyone who wants to consume video content on the switch has only been able to use the YouTube app. Now a new comrade is entering the ring, because from now on you can use the Nintendo eShop to join the Install the official Twitch app on the Switchto watch the live streams of thousands of streamers.
Also new: the OLED switch! But for whom is the switch to the improved model worthwhile? We’ll tell you in the video:
Chat function only works in a roundabout way
After you have logged into the app, you are basically available the same range of functions available that you also know from other platforms. So you can immediately see which streamer you are following is currently broadcasting live, call up and watch the stream. You can also use the Overview pages of the respective streamer to heart and see all the information there.
Clips can also be viewed via the app. All functions are available to you both on the large screen in dock mode and mobile in handheld mode.
However, one function of the Twitch app on the Switch does not seem particularly well thought out: the use of the chat. In order to participate in the conversation during the stream, you have to scan a QR code that appears on the screen of the switch with your smartphone. This takes you to the “Companion Experience” program of the app, which allows you to use the chat on your smartphone. With the Switch, however, you cannot directly participate in the chat.
Many Nintendo fans should be pleased with the introduction of the Twitch app for the Switch. But what most players are waiting for is likely a Netflix app for the handheld console be. This would be particularly worthwhile after the introduction of the OLED switch. So far, however, there seems to be no effort to make the streaming service available for Nintendo’s handheld console.