Sony's Screen Recorder turns Xperia phones into Twitch streaming machines

Want to show the world how awesome you are at Temple Run 2? Get yourself an Xperia phone.


Have you ever been recording your mobile gameplay for a later YouTube upload and just thought, “F&*# it! We’ll do it live!” If you own a select number of Sony Xperia devices, now you can.

The company recently released Screen Recorder, an app that lets you live broadcast what’s on your mobile device’s screen to Twitch or YouTube. The app is intended for use with games, but Sony says you can use it for pretty much anything—just don’t go broadcasting inappropriate content or infringing material.

Sony doesn’t specify this, but presumably the YouTube hook goes to YouTube’s standard Live service and not YouTube Gaming, which is supposed to launch this summer. In March 2014, Twitch announced its developer tools would add the ability to broadcast mobile third-party apps.

In typical Sony style, this is yet another service that requires a Sony phone. To use Screen Recorder you must be rocking either an Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4, Xperia Z4v, or the Xperia Z4 Tablet.

Presumably the hope is that more people will be lured over to Xperialand thanks to apps like Screen Recorder. That strategy hasn’t worked out so far, but since Sony isn’t getting out of the mobile game anytime soon, I suppose it has to keep on trying.

Why this matters: The phenomenon of video games as spectator sport has exploded in recent years thanks largely to the efforts of Twitch. The service claims more than 100 million visitors each month, and 35 million installs of the Twitch mobile viewing app. Most of that audience is craving Dota 2 and Grand Theft Auto V action, but why not put Clash of Clans or Subway Surfers right next to it? Mobile gaming attracts far more people than traditional gaming anyway, and there’s already an audience for walkthroughs on Angry Birds games and Candy Crush. Who knows? You could become the next Twitch star by tapping your way through Star Wars: Tiny Death Star.

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