Twitch viewing app hits Xbox 360

New app from video site available only in the United States for Xbox Live Gold subscribers; does not allow streaming, only viewing.

Video platform Twitch today announced the arrival of a dedicated app for Xbox 360 that will allow gamers to view content, but not stream it. The Twitch app for Xbox 360 is only available in the United States to those with an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Twitch's worldwide audience now stands at 34 million unique viewers per month, and the arrival of the Xbox 360 app is a measure of reaching gamers wherever they are, CEO Emmet Shear said in a statement.

"Our app for Xbox 360 brings Twitch video to the television and into the living room of millions of Xbox Live members for the first time," Shear said. "Given the huge number Xbox owners and how many of them love gaming spectatorship, it's a natural fit to bring the Twitch experience to the 360."

Twitch launched during the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo and has since partnered with a string of high-profile companies and brands, including Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and Activision.

Using the Twitch app for Xbox 360, players will be able to watch the top 300 live Twitch channels and browse videos either by channel, game, or featured content.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

88 comments
TurtlyLooker
TurtlyLooker

The app is virtually useless. You can't actually search for channels, so good luck if you want to find a channel that isn't one of the most popular 100 or so. And. when I knew Riot Games, who has one of the few channels I'll actually watch, was online, the channel simply could not be found. Ultimately, the app has none of the streaming capabilities or basic utility of the website.

Goemons
Goemons

Microsoft can fuk off once the PS4 lands for me, fancy keeping europe&the uk out of the loop, yer fuk you arsewipes your time is nearly up with me.

Mantan911
Mantan911

A nice thing to have on console... But why gold? Why US only?

Sardinar
Sardinar

Yes, console peasants now can use their box to it's fullest potential - watch PC master race streams while mourning their own pathetic existence. 

Just kidding. This addon seems to be useless but I am sure people will use it anyways.

Shango4
Shango4

another reason I still own a ps3.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

I've never used Twitch but would it would be nice to actually have a choice on whether or not to use it?

No doubt it will be available for all of the Xbox Live community... eventually?

The thing is though, will this just be another app that becomes useless very quickly, thanks to the constant adverts we are forced to watch before use?

Seriously, I cannot use most of the apps on Live any longer, simply because of this? I know the ads are not put there by Microsoft/Xbox. They are the responsibility of each apps owner but it doesn't change how I cannot suffer watching them through my console any more? 

It is a real shame too, because apps like 4OD (Channel 4) were actually good until they started throwing in the commercials every ten minutes?

The worst thing about it is... WE ARE PAYING FOR A PREMIUM SERVICE ALREADY, so there is no excuse for them!

Actually now I am wondering if not getting this app on the Xbox is actually a bad thing? The more I think about it, the more I realise... I will keep using my chrome browser and view things how I want to, without all that hassle!   >_<

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Golden words " Twitch launched during the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo and has since partnered with a string of high-profile companies and brands, including Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and Activision."

MrGamerOFCourse
MrGamerOFCourse

"the arrival of the Xbox 360 app is a measure of reaching gamers wherever they are"

well this is complete and utter bullshit i live in the UK and thee app is only available in the US GG microsoft GG

dman123_1
dman123_1

I only assume when the nexbot comes out, you will be able to stream on it as well. But I believe you should be able to view on twitch for free and for gold be able to stream

arleo_09
arleo_09

Idk why some Xbox users are trying to justify this. They charge you $60 per year to use an app JUST to watch people play games. While you can still do that WAY MORE easily on your PC and charge-free. Anyway, I'm in Europe. And all those mjor apps, Hulu, Netflix and now this aren't not availlaible. No wonder why Xbox is just succesful in US.

farcorners
farcorners

Some of these comments make me twitch.

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

FUCK the XBOX... Where is the missing apps for the PS3/4? =o

MonoSilver
MonoSilver

I can't wait for the next Xbox to be full of these completely pointless apps...

shnelle
shnelle

YES i've been waiting for this App for FOREVER

emerin76
emerin76

ok, I'm biased towards Microsoft and XBOX, but this is a little bit silly and by little bit I mean stupidly.  I have gold so i have access...but I dont understand why one would require it.  Like previous poster says - if you have gold, you have internet, you have a PC...that streams live!

Ive only used twitch for live streams. 

berserker66666
berserker66666

Hold up. Twitch, a website you can enter for free on pc, you have to pay gold membership on xbox? And not even stream content? Fuck you M$.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Nice, but I'll wait for a PS3 version.  Not going to renew Live just for this, bad versions of PS3 apps, and online play that's free elsewhere.  If I'm paying for anything it'll be PS+ where I get like 60 games each year for under $1 each.

charlieholmes
charlieholmes

Not interested in Twitch at all. I play games and don't want to watch them be played.

Trail_Mix
Trail_Mix

Kinda makes me think Twitch might be going the route of Ustream in the future. With the whole next gen console streaming capabilities and what not.

deth420
deth420

i still dont get this. I want to play games, not watch some else play games...to each his or her own i guess.

WinsteadVolve
WinsteadVolve

I am a frequent user, so it only makes sense that I get this.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Watch people play games and pay Microsoft the subscription to do so...

Seriously?

Hammmodi
Hammmodi

Again Microshit  Bullshit...Only in the US...So annoying this shit...every time I try to download content in my xbox it came up with a message says this content is not available in your country..so why on earth you sell this device in the rest of thee world..why not just sell it in the US !!!!

arleo_09
arleo_09

Sony : PS3 owners this year is a great year for you and us. Here you have GodOf War, TheLastOfUs, BeyondTwoSouls and more to come with the PS4.

Ms : Xbox users !! You were not satisfied with just GearsOfWarJudgment, so we have a big surprise for you : here is Twitch App. You'll have to pay to pay for it though, even if it's free on your PCs.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

This is actually really really good news, especially for those who broadcast on their own twitch channels (like me).  More potential viewers is a great thing.

This also helps support the rumor that the next Xbox will stream to Twitch, which would be far superior to the PS4's uStream option.

Now just waiting for May 21s for the next Xbox reveal!




Blanka13
Blanka13

europe gets shit again :(

Kawaii_Uguu
Kawaii_Uguu

why not just watch on my computer? lol

R2C25
R2C25

@arleo_09 $39 on amazon, newegg etc... Hulu, Netflix are not MS products. They just got the license to market their product on XBLive like other free streaming service like Manga, ESPN (watch my soccer games for free, $1.3 a day) etc... and to shut your european hating a** Xbox is still ahead on hardware sales compared to their main competition and blows them out of the water when it comes to software sales.

shnelle
shnelle

Though I just tried it and there is no way to search for your favorite people or even signin to see the people you are following so I think they have a ways to go.  But still means I can now have a stream up on my TV while I'm playing something on my PC and not have it slow down my game.

Dem0nGam3r
Dem0nGam3r

@emerin76 Exactly. Instead of these half-assed leechings, why can't they come up with original applications and services exclusive to Xbox? It's ridiculous.

Dem0nGam3r
Dem0nGam3r

@berserker66666 This is my exact sentiment as well. 

Why the hell does Micro-softsquishycock think we'd want their XBL Gold service more just because they adopt a few third-party apps/services that you can access for FREE if you have a PC and internet service? If you can get XBL then you must already have internet thus you wouldn't need to use XBL for this shit in the first place! I was shocked when I found out their YouTube and Internet Explorer apps are only available to premium users. You cannot do ANYTHING on XBL without shilling out cash (besides the demo system, which is somewhat nice).

PC and PS3-PS4 seem like the only intelligent options for gaming (esp. online) anymore. With a gaming PC you get a modular system that you can upgrade if you want (future-proof), you can play online multiplayer for free (PlayStation also offers this obviously), and the PC offers a vastly larger game library (not to mention the ever-growing indie market). PlayStation doesn't offer nearly as many exclusive titles as the PC (no console does), but at least it has mostly the same library as the Xbox but with better exclusives (in my opinion).

Xbox has become garbage and Microsoft is to blame.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@Hammmodi It is frustrating I know. Europe is one of the last places to get anything game related? In a world of global connectivity nowadays, why can't this be available to everyone?

After all, I don't pay less for my Xbox Live subscription? If we all have to pay for the service, then everyone whom does so, should get the same treatment?

I've been on Xbox live for nearly 6 years and THE only reason I didn't bail out and buy the PS3, was because I did not want to pay so much money for Sony's latest console.

It is a decent piece of kit but damn it is expensive!

This whole "Pay for this, Pay for that," attitude with Xbox Live has put me off of gaming in this current generation, so much so, I am currently saving up to upgrade my PC and game only on that!

The next gen consoles, (Xbox in particular) really need to be doing something incredibly new and interesting, for me to buy into them?

Free to play? That would be a good start... but very unlikely?

emerin76
emerin76

@arleo_09 touche.  The last of us does look interesting.  Still love my xboxes.

R2C25
R2C25

@arleo_09  One video game: GOW and two QTE infested movies? I wouldn't settlefor less.

Double-Ego
Double-Ego

@Landsharkk I don't think you can go ''exclusive'' on a free service like twitch.

Pretty sure anyone can make use of twitch which means Sony aswell.

And if there is no dedicated twitch app on the PS4, i'm pretty sure you could still stream to it with a workaround.

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

@Kawaii_Uguu why not just watch on my computer? lol

Maybe the xbox is in a different room Kawaii?

Kawaii_Uguu "Use your laptop? lawllawllwwrrr!!!11!one!"

Well Kawaii my laptop is a bit outdated and doesn't really work well at 1080p so I suppose if I wanted to sacrifice speed and video quality that could work, but just doesn't make sense.

Kawaii_Uguu "Troololololol"

arleo_09
arleo_09

@R2C25 @arleo_09 Yes. But I'm stating facts. I don't want to know what comes around. I dnt care how the console sold. I care for what I have as a gamer. And in Europe, I don't have it. Plus I dont WANT it, IF games dont follow. And for info PS3 is now above Xbox concerning sales.

dman123_1
dman123_1

@R2C25 @arleo_09 I guess the problem they are saying is that most of the products are on other consoles for free, plus it is not an app they think most people don't use. On top of that, they are not focusing on what it is, a game console. I agree, but that's the thing, they are making the xbox brand more than just a gaming console

Mantan911
Mantan911

Yup, consoles might look like a cheaper pick than PC at first, but when you get to the point where you notice all those limitations and extra payment it can be irritating. ( i bet i spelled that wrong) Pc's only downfall is its price to set it up at first, , but upgrading it is cheaper than buying new consoles and there is no extra payment for online/multiplayer etc. (I'm xbox user myself) so in the long run PC looks like a better pick.

arleo_09
arleo_09

@R2C25 @arleo_09 Yeah 3 good games you won't be playing if you don't own a PS3. But you know what, just encourage Ms to milk you like a mere cow. Just great. Pay to watch while you can watch for free and more easily on your PC. Just great. 

R2C25
R2C25

@arleo_09 @R2C25 And? Isn't that my option? Why you kids so up in arms to what doesn't concern you? 3 boring games that will not sell well because your community will be too busy watching Netflix and then come over here blab about exclusive titles that they don't buy. 

You gonna pay for more Sony exclusive games MP due to lack of sales and adhesion. It won't stop at UC3.

Double-Ego
Double-Ego

@mjcity @Double-Ego @Landsharkk Mods, do work.