Meet Mixer, formerly Beam, Microsoft's interactive live-streaming platform on Thursday saw several new features and update to mobile app, along with a new name for the service as part of the evolution.
The new Mixer brings the ability to not just watch streams, but to also interact with streamers and play together in near real-time. With Mixer, "users can influence everything from quest selection to tools to movement, mixing it up with favorite streamers to create a new kind of gaming experience, and share more easily than ever before across PC, console and mobile."
Mixer service is directly built into the Guide on Xbox One and Game bar on Windows 10 for easy start of streaming in just a couple of clicks without needing extra software.
In other words, "Mixer is livestreaming that's actually LIVE, compared to 10- 20-second latency you typically get on other platforms," said Matt Salsamendi,. What's more, "viewers can actively participate in what's happening on screen instead of just watching from the sidelines."
The Minecraft team is experimenting with Mixer's interactivity offers as a possibility for official game integration. While as an example of this new interactivity in action, Telltale Games has designed their "Crowd Play" feature in The Telltale Series, that allows an audience to choose what happens at story moments and determine the trajectory and outcome of the adventure.
Not only users, developers and community members also benefiting with Mixer's interactive tools on Interactive 2.0 development kit.
Here's the highlight of new features unleashed today, include:
Co-Streaming or 'cooperative streaming' available now for everyone, enable up to 4 streamers combine multiple channel streams into a single Mixer page, where users can "deliver a single stream that combines separate stream sources into one shared "split-screen" view, including a centralized chat experience."
With Co-streaming, streamers can join a co-stream with friends who are streaming from multiple devices, and viewers don't even need to flip back and forth across different streams, as they can watch all the action in one place.
In the coming weeks, Xbox One users will be able to invite friends to join a co-stream directly from the Guide.
Mixer Create, a new moible app enables self-broadcasting on-the-go. The ability to stream live gameplay from mobile device will add soon. Once mobile gameplay streaming launches, users will be able to join a co-stream with friends who are broadcasting on PC, console or other mobile devices.
Mixer Create today kicks off in the beta available now publicly on Android, and through Apple's TestFlight service by invite only on iOS devices.
Channel One an always-on moderated channel shows a wide variety of content, including big title releases, livestream events, tips and tricks, esports updates, and more from across Mixer.
Mixer Page on Xbox One Dashboard available to Xbox Insiders, feature some most popular and engaging streams broadcast on Mixer, curated by a dedicated team.
We're also committed to making Mixer the premier place to watch Xbox at E3 June 11-15. Today, we're excited to announce that Xbox will be broadcasting the E3 briefing in 4K Ultra HD, with a special edition Mixer 4K broadcast for those with a 4K A/V setup ready to go. And, there will be some special digital bonuses for those watching and signed in on Mixer. Be sure to create your account in advance so you don't miss out on any of the fun.
Lastly, Mixer NYC Studio, located at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York, is a digital production studio designed for live audience, competitive and community gaming events held on the store's 5th floor.
"The studio is outfitted with professional-grade gaming stations, a control room that supports 2D and 3D graphic effects, a digital audio system bringing arena, concert sound quality, full interactive lighting control, an LED video wall, shoutcaster desks and player lounges, along with stage, audience and commentary setups," writes the team.
For more on the latest Mixer NYC Studio events, streams and how to join, check out Mixer.com/MicrosoftStore.