Twitch is changing things up. A fresh UI that will allow users to preview game streams before diving in, enhancing discoverability and giving users an improved sense of what content creators are all about.
On Twitch''s current version, clicking on the games directory provides a list of recommended games at the top (based on your current subscriptions or viewing habits) and a list of recommended streamers below, followed by a larger set of game genres. Click on any game and you''ll be presented with an even larger cast of streamers.
The new version, which was previously showcased by Lowco, does everything differently. There''s a list of streamers who are currently doing their things, but there''s also a "Join Stream" feature next to the preview, which allows you to see what''s going on (and what''s being said in the chat).
The preview window shows no ads. Right now, clicking on a stream typically hits the viewer with a doppelganger, but the preview lets you know if viewing a particular ad is worth the wait to get the content.
"This might completely alter the viewing experience as a viewer looking to acquire a new streamer," said Lowco. "We all know how profound the experience was when you''re finding smaller creators, and you''re trying to get through and find the right person for you. If this is a change that sticks, I can just only see this being a good thing where you don''t have to actually commit to loading a stream up."
Not everyone is in favor of this change, but people who prefer big lists can just add "/list" to the page URL so they can remember the previous methods.