If you're into both mobile gaming and sharing your play sessions with the world on Twitch then you're in luck.
With the Xperia Z5 Sony has made it possible to stream your favorite mobile games directly to Twitch without the need for any third party applications or hardware. While YouTube Gaming allows streaming through its Android app, for Twitch this isn't yet a thing. Fortunately, the feature is built right into the phone.
Here's what you need to do.
- On the phone open up the "Live Screen Streaming" application.
- In the resulting window overlay (shown above) tap on the "Broadcast" option.
- You'll now see a full screen window with options for Twitch or YouTube.
- Tap on Twitch.
- Enter your Twitch account login information and authorize the app for access.
That's all you need to do to get set up. There are a few things you can do now to improve your stream.
- Give your stream a name of your choice. Twitch will show the game you're playing but a catchy title never goes amiss. Tap on the settings cog and look for the "Broadcast title" option to change it from the stock option.
- Also in the settings you can change the quality of your stream. You've got 360p, 720p and 1080p to choose from and all have a minimum bandwidth requirement.
- The broadcasting app window also gives you options to turn on or mute the phones microphone and to put yourself into the stream with the front facing camera. Tap the relevant icons to activate and move the camera window to somewhere you're comfortable with while playing the game.
You can stream to YouTube using the same application using the same steps. You can also use this app to record your screen without broadcasting it. Simply tap on the "Record" tab instead of "Broadcast" and you can record whatever you're doing on your phone screen.
You'll notice the phone starts getting warm while broadcasting towards the camera end, but in our experience it doesn't seem to get too unbearable. But something to consider if you're planning a lengthy stream.