Streamer Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel suggested a new feature he’d like to see Twitch implement.
During his return to streaming Overwatch, xQc had an idea for a new feature he’d like on the broadcasting platform.
xQc’s suggestion was that Twitch enable viewers to control the relative volumes of different audios coming in from the streamer, so that they’d be able to decide how loud they wanted the gameplay, for instance, relative to the streamer’s voice.
While this might require some third-party co-operation such that separate audio feeds reached Twitch, rather than a single audio feed balanced however the broadcaster’s set-up determined, it would enable viewers with hearing difficulties, for instance, to tune in to the element they were most interested in – perhaps the voice chat of the streamer themselves – by minimizing other sounds.
Of course, in true xQc fashion, his reasoning for why this feature would be useful included some trash-talking of the hypothetical streamer in question.
“So if the streamer sucks, if he’s a little bitch, but he’s very good, you just put him at zero volume and put his music all the way up,” he said with a thumbs up.
The technical feasibility of such an idea is something only Twitch can answer, although the concept itself does raise questions about whether more interactivity for viewers might be the future of streaming.