Gamers on the go can now easily jump between a session of Breath of the Wild and into their favourite streamer’s live content. The streaming service Twitch now has an app on the Nintendo Switch, extending its reach even further. It is now available to download for free on the eShop. The app is only for watching streams; you can’t use it to stream your gameplay.
As you can imagine, the interface is relatively simple given its is a mobile console with limited controls. There’s a Home tab with recommended streams for you to watch, a Browse tab to look for streams by game or category, and a Search tab. The app seems to be working well, with good quality streaming to the handheld. We checked it on the original Switch, but apparently it looks even better on the new version with an OLED display.
One major missing feature is that you can’t see a stream’s chat on your Switch’s screen or a TV screen, though you can scan a QR code to see chat on your phone. When signing is you luckily won’t need to use the clumsy controls to type in your login details. You can either scan a QR code on your phone or enter an eight-digit code shown on your screen at https://www.twitch.tv/activate.
The Nintendo Switch is increasingly becoming a one-size-fits-all device, not only for playing games, but consuming content as well. Streaming services like YouTube, Hulu and more are already available on the handheld, with more expected to come in time.