Microsoft teased an upcoming announcement for their live streaming platform Beam earlier this week. Today it was announced that the service has been renamed to Mixer. Along with the new name, some additional features were also announced.
The first new feature is co-streaming. The idea behind co-streaming is for multiple people, up to four, will have the capability to broadcast via a single channel. For example if your entire team of 4 is playing and streaming Halo 5: Guardians, you can combine this into one viewing session. With this feature, streamers do not have to be playing the same game or even being doing the same activity. There are many options for the streamer and viewer. As a viewer you can group up your favorite streamers so that you don’t have to flip back and forth.
The other being announcement with Mixer was their new mobile app Mixer Create. The beta for the app is available today. Mixer Create will support self-broadcasting for both iOS and Android. Microsoft plans to add the feature to be able to stream mobile games in the near future.
As for the name change from Beam to Mixer, co-founder and engineering lead Matt Salsamendi has this to say. “This was a tough decision, and not one that we made lightly. But, it was something that we decided on as a team. We believe so much in the power of the platform and want to grow it in every major market around the world. Unfortunately, that wasn’t something we could do with the Beam name.”
The Mixer streaming service is built into the XBox One Guide and also on the Game Bar for Windows 10. What do you think of the name change to Mixer and the new co-streaming feature? Discuss all this and more over on our forums.