The Twitch app has been one of the most requested apps for the PlayStation 4 since Sony's fourth console came onto the scene back in the fall of 2013. The free app grants PS4 users the ability to not just watch others stream but to also jump in on the action and join the live-streams by chatting with the gamers and interacting with them right from the comfort of their couch.
Over on the PlayStation store the Twitch app is up and available for download. You won't have to worry about downloading a bunch of other utilities along with it; the app clocks in at just a meager 51.5MB, so on a standard broadband connection it should only take a minute or two.
The app allows users to browse through some of the top streams out there on Twitch universe, including e-sports events, tournaments and following some of the charismatic personalities like TotalBiscuit and Boogie2988.
New to the Twitch app is a section specifically designed for PlayStation users, so now you can find those broadcasting right from their PS4.
New follow options have also been added so it's easy to keep track of the channels you enjoy and stay notified when they're up and streaming your favorite games. The ability to hop into a channel and chat with the live-streamer is also available, so you can easily see the games you want to see and see it from people you want to see it from.
Twitch is one of the biggest new gaming platforms out there for gamers to watch, experience and engage in gaming content as a live-streaming video service. The service recently garnered some competition from YouTube in the new YouTube Gaming channel, which also offers live-streaming capabilities. However, analysts still believe that Twitch is part of a much larger landscape of digital content engagement that will be part of a $1 billion dollar e-sports ecosystem by 2018. If that seems like an unlikely number, just take into consideration that e-sports is already aimed at bringing in $618 million in revenue annually in a report by SuperData Research.
More than anything it seems weird that Sony would have to wait this long to get an app for the PS4 given how popular that Twitch is at the moment. While YouTube Gaming is gunning for the crown, right now Twitch still has a strong grip on the live-stream market, so PS4 gamers can finally get in on the action.
The Twitch app landed on the Xbox One rather early in its lifespan, enabling gamers to watch and participate in live-stream sessions with some of the top streamers around playing some of the most popular games out there, ranging from Battlefield 4 and League of Legends to Dota 2 and StarCraft 2.
Take note that while there were some raunchy activities going on with the PlayStation Playroom, that kind of jocular behavior is not tolerated on Twitch. So don't expect to see things get too loose on the service because they'll shutdown those streams faster than you can snap your fingers.