Twitch Sings is now available on PC, allowing anyone the ability to steam their karaoke nights online.
Remember Rock Band? Guitar Hero? Well, Twitch Sings is like that, only minus all the cool fake guitars and drum sets. It’s just you, your microphone, and your millions (or dozens, or less) of screaming internet fans as you belt out your favorite tunes. Provided Twitch got the license for it, of course.
Twitch announced their new karaoke service at Twitchcon last year, and now it’s here just as promised. Called Twitch Sings, it’s "built from the ground up for streamers,” but there’s really nothing stopping you from using it to fuel your weekly karaoke nights. All you’d need is a computer and a microphone.
The only real difference between Twitch Sings and Guitar Hero is that Twitch Sings won’t tell you how badly off-key you are. Like a classic karaoke machine, it’s just pre-recorded music and words displayed on a screen.
And a few other things, like a customizable virtual avatar and a virtual concert venue that can likewise be customized to suit your mood. Want a screaming arena? They got that. A quiet venue with just a few dozen people? They got that too.
So far, Twitch has a “huge” library that at least includes “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears, “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith, “More Than Words” by Extreme, and “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles. According to Twitch, they’re adding new songs all the time, so you’re likely to find the song you want there.
In addition to the cool avatars, Twitch allows you to relinquish control of your karaoke night to your viewers. Twitch chat rooms can request songs and even implement funny and/or interesting challenges mid-song, such as “sing with your tongue out.” You’ll have to go over to the Twitch page for an example as Twitch doesn’t make it easy to embed their videos.
Best of all, Twitch Sings is absolutely free. All you need is a PC that’s not a complete potato and 1.3 GB of free disk space.
Twitch might add in paid features later, but for now, you got a free karaoke machine complete with music library. It’s primarily aimed at streamers, but there’s no reason you can’t use it all on your lonesome.