Microsoft Renames Beam to Mixer, Adds New Features

Mixer is a new opponent to Twitch and powered by Microsoft. It aims to put up a fight for becoming the worlds best video game live streaming...
By GameOverViper, Published: May 29, 2017 | Updated: May 29, 2017 | | |
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    A new live streaming service was in the works back in November 2014, but it was in closed alpha stage until February 2015 where it came out into open beta. Beam was accepted into TechStars Seattle in early 2016, shortly after it won TechCrunch Disrupt. Then Beam was acquired by Microsoft on August 11th, 2016.

    It built traction in the live streaming world and later launched on Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms in March 2017.

    Originally the name was named Beam because of the "faster than light" latency. However, Microsoft had no choice but to rename the streaming service do to conflicts with the use of the Beam name worldwide on May 25th, 2017.


    Its really similar to how Twitch works, featuring many of the online live streams by all of your favorite video game categories. But while other platforms leave you waiting 2-5 seconds, Mixer's streaming protocol delivers content with less than one second of latency.

    It has features to allow viewers to interact with streams in a few ways, allowing users to affect gameplay or vote on elements using buttons displayed alongside the stream to join in on the stream. Viewers earn "Sparks" for watching and participating in streams on Mixer, which can be spent to activate these features.

    Interactivity is the cornerstone of everything Mixer offers. From selecting built-in soundboards and visual elements, to 4-player co-streams, viewers can interact with their favorite streamers in ways that are deeper, more personal, and more fun.

    Mixer features the first built-in cooperative streaming experience on a streaming platform where up to 4 streamers can combine their streams into a single viewer experience. With up to three other friends, you can launch a stream with separate stream sources in one shared Mixer page and one centralized chat.

    Also announced was Mixer Create, a new app that is available for iOS and Android mobile devices.

    That's not the end of it though, Mixer also offers Discord intergration, built-in giveaway system, built-in raiding/hosting, and much more.

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  1. TobleFire
    sounds interesting i was thinking of using it but to be honest if you use a gaming pc to edit twitch or youtube streaming just easier.

    i wonder if it can be made to stream trough mixer too twitch or youtube ?
  2. MaddZax
    I really like the idea and the features of Mixer, but I hate the name.. sounds like a dating website.
    1. ZCo
      you and me had the same reaction! i hated the name they choose!
      ZCo, Jul 14, 2017
    2. Arcticwolf
      LOL dating site. That's made my day.
      Arcticwolf, Jul 16, 2017