Twitch Nintendo Switch first impressions: Why is Netflix still MIA?


Twitch made a shock look on the Nintendo Swap eShop this week, turning into one of many few media apps accessible on the platform. The addition of Twitch continues this gradual, seemingly random drip launch of media apps for the Swap that we’ve seen since launch. Sadly, there are numerous media apps that may very well be on the Swap however aren’t – a undeniable fact that’s introduced again to the forefront each time a brand new media app makes its technique to the eShop.

Twitch is the newest member of an unique Swap membership

Twitch is having fun with some rarified air as a Nintendo Swap app. There’s just one main paid streaming service on the Swap, and that’s Hulu, which was launched for the Swap method again in November 2017 – solely about seven months after the Swap itself launched. It was quickly joined by YouTube and later Pokemon TV, however these have been the one streaming apps accessible on Swap till Twitch arrived this week.

The shortage of leisure apps on the Swap is a head-scratcher for positive. Nintendo platforms up to now have been dwelling to many alternative streaming apps, chief amongst them Netflix. Netflix was even accessible for the 3DS, a handheld console with a low-resolution display screen, making its absence on the Swap much more weird.

At this level, we’re developing on the Swap’s fifth anniversary, which most likely signifies that we’re by no means going to see Netflix and others like Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ at this level. Nonetheless, Twitch’s shock launch proves that something is feasible even late within the sport, so possibly there’s hope in spite of everything.

How does the Twitch app for Swap work?

So far as the app itself is anxious, it appears to work somewhat effectively, although there’s some restricted performance. For instance, whereas getting logged into your Twitch account is straightforward sufficient – it requires both scanning a QR code together with your cell machine or heading to Twitch’s activation website and getting into a code – you’ll be able to solely watch livestreams within the Swap app.

Which means you’ll be able to’t take part in chat utilizing the Swap. The truth is, I’ve discovered no technique to even present chat as I’m watching the livestream. The one place the place chat seems is on the preview web page for every stream, the place you’re invited to hitch chat in your cell machine by scanning one other QR code.

Assuming you try this, the stream opens in your machine in chat-only mode, so that you’ll be watching and listening to the stream on the Swap and chatting together with your telephone. It definitely isn’t probably the most elegant answer to collaborating in chat, however then once more, chatting on Swap would possible make for a clunky expertise anyway.

All in all, the Twitch app on Swap works effectively sufficient, however it most likely isn’t going to be my major machine for watching livestreams. For that, I’ll keep on with my desktop or telephone, however I’ll hold the Twitch app put in on the Swap for these uncommon situations the place it turns out to be useful. Twitch is on the market now on the Swap eShop as a free obtain.

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