Might Twitter, also referred to as X, turn into Twitch’s subsequent large rival?
Twitter proprietor and former CEO Elon Musk printed a livestream of himself enjoying Blizzard’s role-playing sport Diablo IV on the social media website early Monday to trial its new livestreaming studio function for Premium customers.
“Examined the X online game streamer system final evening. It really works!” the Tesla CEO and richest man on the earth wrote together with a video printed early Monday morning.
Examined the 𝕏 online game streamer system final evening. It really works!
Will attempt to full a Tier 100 Nightmare dungeon tonight reside on this platform.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 2, 2023
“Will attempt to full a Tier 100 Nightmare dungeon tonight reside on this platform,” Musk added.
Over the weekend, X Media Engineering Lead Mark Kalman printed a walkthrough video of how livestreaming by way of Twitter’s Media Studio works.
To entry the Media Studio, avid gamers should go to studio.x.com, log into their Twitter account, and duplicate their stream key to their streaming software program’s settings. Which means streamers will be capable of 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, based on one other video.
A fast check of the Media Studio function signifies that it’s now reside for paying Twitter Blue customers. Twitter presently provides 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 for those who 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 personal Media Studio as nicely till you select to delete it.
Kalman has not but responded to Decrypt’s request for touch upon the function.
A considerable improve to Twitter’s media capabilities has lengthy been promised as part of Musk’s takeover. Plans to permit paying customers the power 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” function. 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 positioning seems to be subtly discouraging its customers from doing so. A discover that such decision is “hardly ever wanted” seems when importing video content material.
That sentiment might need to alter 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 enjoying video games with quick motion, like most shooter video games in addition to RPGs like Diablo IV.
Dwell streaming on Twitter doesn’t should be only for video video games, nonetheless. From a technical standpoint, customers will be capable of stream something that OBS can seize to Twitter by way of the Media Studio, together with full-screen webcam footage or pc display screen captures.
In line with Twitter’s present guidelines, it doesn’t permit “media that’s excessively gory” or for customers to “share violent or grownup content material inside reside video or in profile or header pictures.” The platform’s guidelines additionally don’t permit customers to “violate others’ mental property rights, together with copyright and trademark.”
On this regard, it appears like Twitter’s guidelines are much like these on Twitch, the place streamers equally can’t livestream violence, grownup content material, copyrighted content material, or criminal activity, amongst different restrictions.