The lights are on
Raptr and Twitch.tv have today announced a new partnership. Starting today, those with a free Raptr account and Twitch channel will be able to use Raptr's desktop app for game streaming.
This will make it easier and more affordable to stream content via PC. Other mechanisms for streaming to Twitch typically require a purchase or subscription. Raptr's desktop app is free, as are accounts on the website.
In addition to this new function, Raptr tracks game time, achievements and trophies, offers instant messenger-style chat, and Facebook and Twitter sharing. The Raptr desktop app can be downloaded here. For a tutorial on how this works, see the video below.
Our TakePC owners typically have to spend money on XSplit or other streaming programs in order to share their gaming with the world. This new partnership will no doubt increase the amount of content pushed to Twitch by taking down one of the remaining financial and implementation barriers.
I haven't tried streaming to Twitch via Raptr and can't speak to how robust the configuration options are. Regardless, for those looking to dip a toe in the live streaming waters, a free option is perfect.
For me, it's a painful reminder that Raptr abandoned its Mac app.