Samsung's new app makes it more convenient to stream live gameplay
Streaming live gameplay is a very popular activity nowadays, and smartphones have rapidly become the biggest gaming platform in the world. It makes sense for there to be a way to combine the two, right? Samsung's Game Live is a new app that does just that: shares your live mobile gaming experience with anyone who wants to watch.
The Game Live app can stream your gameplay live to Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook. Not only does it stream video, but you can choose to share either the in-game audio or your voice (via your phone's mic), or both. There is a limit to how much you can live stream, though. Once the size of your streaming video reaches 4 GB (which according to Samsung is about 200 minutes at "high quality" resolution), it ends.
You can get around the time limit (but not the size cap) by selecting a lower video quality in the app's settings menu. That menu also allows you to choose between featuring your photo while you stream, or recording yourself via the front camera, as many livestreamers like to do. If you don't want your latest gameplay session to vanish after it ends, you can opt to save a copy of your video in your phone's gallery. Finally, Samsung lets you choose if you'd like to see viewers' chat messages on your screen in real-time. It's a small yet comprehensive set of of options.
For now, Game Live is only available on the Galaxy Apps store found on Samsung smartphones. The app has been confirmed to work on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus—no surprise there. Other users have had success getting Game Live to work on older Galaxy devices, such as the S7 and various other Samsung handsets running at least Android Marshmallow 6.0. For owners of non-Samsung devices, there is no word on when—or even if—Game Live will hit the Google Play Store.