YouTube Gaming Is Here – But Is It Any Good?

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox ONE
Genres: Technology

YouTube Gaming is a great reminder of everything YouTube already does in terms of hosting prerecorded and live-streaming video. This, however, is a dedicated hub for all things gaming-related on YouTube and although live-stream viewership is extremely low right now compared to major rival Twitch, it’s actually a very fast and easy-to-use service.

With it’s mixture of live-streaming and pre-recorded content, this new interface may confuse some new visitors expecting a direct clone of Twitch’s live-stream-only channels. However, this simplified Netflix-style system brilliantly categorises content, providing dedicated mini-hubs for all games, each featuring pre-recorded videos from the community, live-streams, reviews, let’s-plays and official trailers directly from the developers, all separated into different categories.

YouTube Gaming - Minecraft

It’s very early days for YouTube Gaming but it looks like Google have learned from past mistakes and have put together a very nice and easy-to-use package for us gamers. Whether it will be able to catch up to the popularity of Twitch remains to be seen, and it has a very long way to go in order to do so.

Features
YouTube Gaming keeps you connected to a world of gamers with the broadest mix of videos and live streams – all designed around games and gaming channels. With it you can explore more than 25,000 titles, hone your skills, and take part in the deepest gaming culture online.

Featuring videos and live streams with chat — including let’s plays, reviews, speedruns, trailers, and more from your favorite gamers and publishers — you can explore the games you care about more deeply than ever before.

With videos covering Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto, League of Legends, Call of Duty, Garry’s Mod, and tens of thousands more, it’s all on YouTube Gaming.

Note that you may encounter mature content in YouTube Gaming.

VIDEOS AND LIVE STREAMS ALL IN ONE PLACE

  • Watch videos from more than 25,000 games
  • Experience live streams while chatting with other gamers
  • Get recommended videos based on games you love

A DESIGN BUILT FOR GAMERS

  • Browse dedicated pages for every game, as well as publisher and gamer channels
  • Explore categories from reviews to let’s plays, machinima, eSports, and more
  • Favorite your games and channels for updates and easy access

THE BIGGEST GAMING COMMUNITY

  • Receive live stream notifications to keep up with the action
  • Join a community of publishers and gamers over 100 million strong
  • Tune in to live streams of events like E3, PAX, and Gamescom
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