Beam is now Mixer, brings co-streaming, Android & iOS streaming, and more

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New features include co-streaming, Android and iOS apps, a new Mixer page on the Xbox One, and more…

When Microsoft acquired the Beam streaming service last year, it didn’t take long before it was integrated into the Guide on the Xbox One and Game Bar on Windows 10 PCs. The service is now undergoing a major change as it has been renamed to Mixer, and a number of new features are being added.

Why the name change? 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. We chose Mixer as our new name because it represents what we love most about the service….how it brings people together.

In addition to the name change, Mixer brings some fun new features to the streaming service. For starters, gamers will be able to “co-stream” starting today. Co-streaming — or cooperative streaming — allows up to 4 gamers to combine their streams into a single viewer experience by delivering a spilt-screen view for those watching. While the feature is available starting today, more functionality will be added in the coming weeks like allowing Xbox One users to invite friends to join their co-stream from the Guide. Co-streamers don’t even need to be playing the same game or activity or even be streaming from the same type of device or platform.

Speaking of platforms, the second new feature includes the launch of Mixer Create Beta on Android and iOS devices. A new self-broadcasting app, the ability to stream live gameplay — i.e. Pokémon GO — will be coming soon. Once live gameplay streaming is added, mobile users will be able to co-stream with users on other devices as well.

Other new features include the introduction of Channel One — an always-on, moderated channel of Mixer content, a new Mixer Page on the Xbox One Dashboard (for Xbox Insiders before rolling out further), an announcement that Xbox at E3 will be broadcast in 4K Ultra HD on Mixer, and the new Mixer NYC Studio located at Microsoft’s NYC store for live audience, community, and competitive gaming events.

What do you think of the Beam renaming and new additions to the service? Do you use Beam/Mixer? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Major Nelson
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