Twitch reveals beta desktop app along with navigation changes

Twitch is finally stepping up their game. Read on to see what they’ve got in store!

Twitch recently launched the beta of the Twitch Desktop App (which is an updated and rebranded version of Curse) and offered some insight at a planned navigation update to its website that makes it easier for users to find content they’d enjoy on the service.

Twitch had acquired Curse in August 2016 to "help provide gamers with the tools and resources they need to achieve the ultimate gaming experience" and "help gamers connect, interact, and share information with one another." The beta Twitch Desktop App for Windows and macOS (Yes! They have a mac version!) serves both of those functions by letting you watch streams, chat with other gamers, and make free voice and video calls. (You can download the app from Twitch's website.)

The App lets you sign in with your Twitch or Curse account. Afterwards, you get an option to merge your accounts if you’ve signed up for both the services previously. It’s obvious that the app is meant for existing Twitch users--since there's a Discover tab in the navbar but it's little more than a search page that offers far less in comparison to the media-centric homepage of Twitch.com.

Speaking of Twitch's website: They announced that they’re rolling out a navigation update to "a portion of users next week" and to all users "in the coming weeks." A video featuring product director Tom Robertson and design director Alexis Galissá offered some information about what to expect.

The site's homepage will now revolve around Pulse, an "always-on way to share clips, stream highlights, schedules, photos, and more" that debuted on March 6. Twitch also introduced a new top navigation bar that combines the Games, Communities, Channels, Videos, and Creative tabs currently in the left-side menu into a single Browse option. The left-side menu will now focus on a list of currently online streamers who are followed by you and your friends.

Galissá said in the video that the redesigned interface will also head to Twitch's desktop and mobile apps, but he didn't provide a timeline for the same.

You can watch the video at https://player.vimeo.com/video/208765870?title=0

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