Popular gaming-based broadcasting platform Twitch has finally released an app for the Nintendo Switch hybrid video game console. As with other versions of the application on mobile devices and other consoles, it is available to download for free. For the Switch, you can get the app via the onboard Nintendo eShop.
However, just like the YouTube app that was released for the console back in 2018, you can only view live and on-demand content via the Twitch application and not broadcast to it. Which is actually disappointing, especially for content creators who have been hoping for a direct way to livestream their gaming sessions while on the go or without relying on external devices such as capture cards.
On the other hand, the Nintendo Switch does have a feature which lets you record gameplay for you to share on social media (but not video streaming platforms). However, these recordings are nothing more than 30-second clips – a limitation partially due to the limited amount of storage space (via memory card) available on the console.
Therefore, it’s no wonder that most Switch owners and streamers have been requesting for a feature (first-party or otherwise) which would let them to natively broadcast their sessions to a preferred platform, rather than uploading bite-sized clips on social media. Most have hoped that Twitch’s app on the console could finally change all of this, but sadly this is no longer the case.
(Source: Twitch [official blog])