For years, mobile gamers have had to jump through hoops to record and stream gameplay. Today Twitch gives mobile developers the ability to build such functionality directly into their apps. It's about damn time.
Services like Everyplay are nice, but built-in Twitch functionality will be much nicer. The Twitch Mobile Software Development Kit gives mobile developers access to the same sort of tools that make broadcasting and capturing PC and current generation console gameplay so easy.
Features facilitated by the Twitch Mobile SDK include:
- The ability to capture and broadcast gameplay video and audio
- Video capture from the front-facing camera
- Audio capture using an internal or external microphone
- Videos can be archived for immediate viewing on Twitch and uploaded for sharing
- Broadcast quality can be toggled between High, Medium, and Low settings
- Robust chat options including emoticons badges and chat colours
- The easy discovery of related broadcasts from other gamers
Yes please to all of that.
"Our vision is to provide the Twitch community with the ability not only to view, but to broadcast live video game content wherever they are, whether they're on the go or in the living room," said Matthew DiPietro, VP of marketing for Twitch via official press release. "We've achieved that with our PC and console integrations, so the trifecta will soon be complete with our deep and concerted foray into mobile broadcasting."
If you are a mobile developer, please consider integrating this functionality. There is nothing I want more than the ability to easily stream and capture footage from my mobile devices. So many possibilities.