Nintendo Switch gets a somewhat limited Twitch app

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In letter: Twitch released a native app for the Nintendo Switch this week. However, the service does not integrate into the platform as well as PlayStation and Xbox, and the features are limited compared to the PC version or website. However, this increases the small but growing number of streaming apps for the Switch.

The Twitch app on Switch does not allow you to host a stream. Sharing your gameplay or posting clips isn’t built into the Switch like the PlayStation or Xbox (although the Switch allows you to share screenshots). Instead, it’s just for watching Twitch channels, and it does the job in that regard, with functional search and navigation tabs. Of course, the video quality is the best possible on the Switch’s 720p screen.

Other than the lack of streaming hosting, the only other significant limitation in Switch’s Twitch app is that it won’t display streams and chat windows at the same time. Chat will appear on a streamer’s page before they start watching, but you must use a mobile device to interact while viewing a stream. However, the app allows you to use QR or AN codes activation link to make access easier.

It’s kind of silly that chatting while watching a stream on Switch requires users to log into the Twitch app installed on a mobile device.As Twitch for iOS and Android already allows you to chat while viewing a stream, the question arises: why not just look on your mobile?

The only benefit of using Switch and mobile together that comes to mind is that it might offer more screen space if your mobile device is a smartphone with a small screen. Splitting the two into separate screens might be more comfortable for some.

The Switch doesn’t have as many streaming apps as other consoles, but it does have YouTube, Hulu, and Funimation.

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