May Twitter, also referred to as X, develop into Twitch’s subsequent huge rival?
Twitter proprietor and former CEO Elon Musk revealed a livestream of himself taking part in Blizzard’s role-playing sport Diablo IV on the social media website early Monday to trial its new livestreaming studio characteristic for Premium customers.
“Examined the X online game streamer system final night time. It really works!” the Tesla CEO and richest man on the planet wrote together with a video revealed early Monday morning.
Examined the 𝕏 online game streamer system final night time. It really works!
Will attempt to full a Tier 100 Nightmare dungeon tonight dwell on this platform.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 2, 2023
“Will attempt to full a Tier 100 Nightmare dungeon tonight dwell on this platform,” Musk added.
Over the weekend, X Media Engineering Lead Mark Kalman revealed a walkthrough video of how livestreaming via Twitter’s Media Studio works.
To entry the Media Studio, avid gamers should go to studio.x.com, log into their Twitter account, and replica their stream key to their streaming software program’s settings. Which means that streamers will have the ability to use OBS, an open-source streaming software program, and broadcast on to Twitter from there. Streamers may add a chat to their broadcasts, which can show messages from viewers, in keeping with one other video.
A fast check of the Media Studio characteristic signifies that it’s now dwell for paying Twitter Blue customers. Twitter at the moment presents three U.S. areas to select from: Oregon, northern California, and northern Virginia. It additionally has 5 areas for Asia-Pacific customers, three for Europe, and one for South America.
From our check, the Media Studio livestreams don’t seem anyplace in your Twitter feed after they’re over in case you don’t tweet out the hyperlink your self. The distinctive hyperlink for the stream does nonetheless work afterward, nonetheless, and the recording stays in your non-public Media Studio as properly till you select to delete it.
Kalman has not but responded to Decrypt’s request for touch upon the characteristic.
A considerable improve to Twitter’s media capabilities has lengthy been promised as part of Musk’s takeover. Plans to permit paying customers the flexibility to add movies as much as two hours in size was introduced earlier this yr, and Musk has additionally shared plans for a “paywalled video” characteristic. Pre-recorded movies nonetheless have a most add measurement of 1GB at time of writing, nonetheless.
Whereas X Premium (Twitter Blue) patrons may add longer movies in 1080p decision, the location seems to be subtly discouraging its customers from doing so. A discover that such decision is “not often wanted” seems when importing video content material.
That sentiment might need to vary for Twitter to compete with streaming platforms like Twitch and Kick. Twitch Companions are in a position to livestream in limitless quantities at 1080p decision. And whereas Twitch Associates are restricted to a 720p decision, higher-resolution streams look considerably higher when taking part in video games with quick motion, like most shooter video games in addition to RPGs like Diablo IV.
Stay streaming on Twitter doesn’t need to be only for video video games, nonetheless. From a technical standpoint, customers will have the ability to stream something that OBS can seize to Twitter through the Media Studio, together with full-screen webcam footage or pc display captures.
In accordance with Twitter’s present guidelines, it doesn’t enable “media that’s excessively gory” or for customers to “share violent or grownup content material inside dwell video or in profile or header photos.” The platform’s guidelines additionally don’t enable customers to “violate others’ mental property rights, together with copyright and trademark.”
On this regard, it appears like Twitter’s guidelines are just like these on Twitch, the place streamers equally can’t livestream violence, grownup content material, copyrighted content material, or criminality, amongst different restrictions.