If you have been a long time PC gamer, you may remember this from the old days. Discord will launch a feature called Go Live for its desktop application this week. On August 15th, actually. It will allow anybody with a PC to stream video of their game in any voice channel to up to 10 people at a time.
Go Live is intended to give people the feeling of gaming in a living room with your friends, and it shows. It works based on Discord’s game detection, the same feature that shows your friends what you’re playing when you’re playing it.
The feature will work in any server, although fully boosted servers will have options for higher-quality streams and so will anyone with Nitro. There’s no limit, server-wide, to how many people can go live — and multiple people can even stream in the same voice channel. It’s also a server-level feature, which means that admins can turn the feature off if they’d like. The feature is very low latency; in the demo it showed, the stream was stable and just about real time.
Go Live isn’t taking aim at Twitch, Mixer, or any of the other streaming platforms. There’s no webcam support, for one thing, and it’s limited to 10 viewers because of bandwidth restrictions and latency goals, both of which seem hard to overcome. So, obviously, they aren’t shooting for the brass ring of streaming entertainment.
Mac and Linux computers won’t be supported, because of course. Discord’s core users run Windows. However, Mac and Linux users can watch from a browser. So, you don’t feel completely left out. Although, not many people game on Macs. Discord eventually plans to bring out a mobile version for spectators as well. With the addition of Go Live, Discord appears to be positioning itself as the place for gamers to hang out.