Twitch Pondering The Possibility Of A PS Vita App
Live streaming games has become a hallmark feature of the PlayStation 4 and now Twitch, the most popular video game streaming service, is looking to see if they can bring that functionality to dedicated handhelds like the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita. Talking to GamesIndustry, Twitch COO Kevin Lin stated that the company would like to make apps for these platforms. He does caution that broadcasting footage of games might be a bit too CPU intensive for the devices so they may be restricted to only viewing streams.
Twitch currently allows developers to implement live streaming services into mobile games, with the first being Gameloft’s Asphalt 8. If broadcasting content directly from Vita is possible, I imagine it’ll be similar to the mobile implementation rather than PS4’s ability to stream everything.
“On mobile we just released our first in-game integration, with Asphalt 8 from Gameloft. For now, we’re going to be doing that game by game. Handhelds. That’s something we’d love to do. On handhelds it’s more of a server/CPU concern, but we definitely want to do it. We want to build viewing apps, that’s much less CPU intensive than broadcasting.”
A game broadcasting feature was initially planned for PS Vita’s Nico Nico app, but that has yet to be implemented. The app does allow you to live stream footage taken with Vita’s cameras … Well, you could if you have the Japanese version as the North American app hasn’t been updated to include that ability and actually doesn’t work anymore. Nico Nico recently celebrated the PS Vita app surpassing 1 million downloads in Japan.