Twitch TV App for PS5 -Latest Version Update (November 2022) Review
The Twitch TV App for Playstation 5 updated to the latest version (November 2022). I like the inclusion of the about me section, it provides a helpful description of what a channels' content is. The homepage now includes a selection of viewable categories -with ready to browse through channels being showcased. A welcome feature. But there may be one too many viewable categories (to browse through downwards) on the homepage. Fewer sections/ viewable categories could aid the homepage in appearing less clunky. Or an option that allows users to personally customize which categories appear on their homepage -would be wonderful. I appreciate that the followed channel list now details the last time a streamer went live -such info is useful when cleaning/ clearing the list of channels one follows. The addition of an uptime display -detailing how long a current stream has been running/ live is appreciated.
Things that worked well before the November 2022 update -and now don't.
When browsing through channels in a category. A current live video preview of the channel was accessible -without actually entering the channel -simply placing the browsing cursor on a channel activated the live preview. Since the update no channel previews are seen -only non-updating frozen screen captures/ thumbnails of the channel appear.
A channels' screen captured image/ thumbnail/ screenshot no-longer updates. Therefore many a time, a user will notice an interesting channel thumbnail/ screenshot -click to enter the channel -only for the channel to be far removed from the scene of that in the thumbnail. The screen captured thumbnail/ image never updates, no matter the number of minutes passed -a user will have to close the entire App and then reopen it, in order to get an updated thumbnail/ image.
When browsing a section:- be it, from ones followed channel list or any other category. Previously, it was possible to scroll/ browse through the live followed channels list -enter/ open a channel of interest -then back-away and leave the channel. Such an action would return the selection cursor/ scroller to the position of last/ recently entered channel (in the following channel list). However, after the Twitch Tv update for PS5 the selection cursor/ scroller is always returned to the very top/ beginning of the followed channel list. Hence the user has to once again browse through from the very top/ beginning. An unnecessary and painful chore. Imagine attempting to review a number of channels, from a category with many live channels to browse through -and then having to repeat these actions several times.
Finally, in my opinion the most unnecessary inclusion in the TV App update for PS5 is that of requiring a scan of a QR Code, in order to access the chat section of a channel. After a successful login into Twitch App TV, the last thing a user expects nor needs is the requirement for extra external inputs outside the Twitch TV app -to simply chat. This was not the case in the previous version of the TV app for PS5, which made using the app expedient and efficient. What benefits does a user derive, from the extra step of a QR Code? How necessary is it? To what extent?
Thank You, Work Well, and Take Great Care.