I have a confession to make – I started watching live video streams instead of TV. Frankly, can you blame me? You can see unedited, raw footage of people playing, laming, failing and generally being autistic and it’s loads of fun.
Sometimes it’s Hafu lulling me to sleep with her humming and other times it’s Reynad keeping me awake with his romantic escapades. The future of video consumption is definitely live video streaming, which means every company wants to join the party and make its own service. This is great for users, since fierce competition means a better product overall.
#5 Much smoother
Although I have a solid computer, Twitch still sometimes fails to load streams for no discernible reason or there are massive lag spikes in the video, which completely ruins the experience. On the other hand, Hitbox runs amazingly fast and the video is always perfectly smooth and synced at all times with the chat.
#4 Readable chat
Though Kappa it’s Kappa fun Kappa to Kappa read Kappa dank Kappa memes Kappa, they tend to drown out all the subtle banter and useful messages from the streamer and the chat. This can get really annoying, especially when one dude keeps spamming Kripparrian chat with the same meme over and over again for 7 freaking hours (dude, you know who you are, please get a life Kappa). Thankfully, Hitbox has the option to ignore individual users, something Twitch still doesn’t have.
#3 Better mobile app
Twitch mobile app was recently upgraded to version 4 and it hasn’t really fixed much, in fact, it even introduced new bugs and still crashes constantly. On the other hand, Hitbox mobile app, while still in beta, works great and I’ve had no problem with its performance whatsoever.
#2 Much more polished
Hitbox has the Twitter integration option, meaning you can see in real time what the streamer is tweeting, without having to patrol Twitter. Streaming in 15 minutes? Awesome, I will be right there. Hitbox also has neat Facebook integration, whereby you can log in without having to make yet another account and memorize the password. There are many more little touches that show Hitbox is really trying to improve the core stream watching experience. Meanwhile, Twitch has none of those and is still pretty bare bones.
#1 No Flash
And finally, the boldest move by Hitbox was to ditch the Flash plugin completely. Instead, it uses HTML video, which is much faster, lighter and responsive. I was so used to Twitch’s Flash having to load for 5 to 10 seconds on my computer that I was genuinely startled the first few times I would click a Hitbox stream and it loaded instantly. Now that’s the kind of shock I could actually get used to.
There you have it our 5 reasons why Hitbox is better than Twitch. We know that you’re fully capable of coming up with other reasons on why you think Hitbox is better than Twitch, so why don’t you tell us below in the comments. Or tell us why Twitch is better than Hitbox. We don’t care.