Twitch.tv and Microsoft surprised us all today, announcing the launch of a Twitch.tv app immediately available on Xbox 360. Unfortunately, it's currently exclusive to Xbox Gold subscribers and also limited to only the top 300 streams on Twitch. No, the app doesn't let you stream your Xbox games, it's just for watching. Beyond all that stuff though, this could be cool, right?
In addition to the announcement, Twitch.tv also dropped one hell of an epic joke on us too:
"Best of all, the Twitch App for Xbox 360 is Kinect-enabled, allowing you to control the entire experience with voice or motion controls. It’s oddly satisfying to tell your Xbox to play StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, or any other obviously non-Xbox title, and have it load up the channel. Truly, this is a brave new world."
Wait, wait. I'm being told that Twitch did not mean for that to come off of a joke. My bad.
I'm sitting in front of my Xbox 360 right now and can report the download comes in at about 126.21 MB, which seems a little severe for something I can run from a browser with no overhead. Yes, I know it's more complicated than that. I'm still a little torn up we have to have an app to watch Twitch streams on a console that's basically connected to the internet all the time anyway.
Here's a little live commentary. Okay, I've downloaded the app from the Xbox 360 apps menu. I'm launching the app, which opens up a big purple screen that melts my eyes a little bit. Everything working smoothly so far. Alright, here's a list of the top channels right now. Let's check out the Dota 2 West Qualifier as I'm watching that on my PC, so I can compare lag. Okay, it's opening and yes, okay my console has hard-locked. Not joking here; apparently there are some bugs to work out.
Download the Twitch.tv app on your Xbox 360 right now -- if you've got an Xbox Live Gold subscription, that is. Maybe I should just buy an OUYA?