I’m On An Ultralight Mixer and The Future Of Beam


A few of you have been joining me over the last few weeks as I explore Microsoft’s streaming app Beam and I’ve really appreciated the support. Unfortunately, BEAM is no more…. because the Beam name couldn’t be used globally.

 So Beam went and changed their name to Mixer overnight and I can no longer make Ultralight Beam jokes. But I won’t dash my spirits as it’s only a name. I didn’t care when Prince turned himself into a symbol and I don’t care now. I do think they should have just called it Kinect but we must let sleeping dogs lie.

Moving on! Here’s what the official press release has to say:

Today, we’re excited to announce the next evolution of the Beam interactive livestreaming platform and introduce our new name: Mixer. But, more than just the name, we’re launching several of the features that fans have been asking for, including co-streaming, a beta for the Mixer Create mobile streaming app, a new moderated channel of content on Mixer called ‘Channel One’ and a new Mixer page on the Xbox One dashboard.

While the service will operate under a new name, the core experience remains unchanged. Gamers will still be able to interact with streamers and play together in real-time, as opposed to the traditional 10-20 second latency commonly seen on other platforms.

Be sure to tune into the Xbox Mixer channel for a full day of livestreamed events starting at 11 a.m. PT. During the all-day livestream, we’ll share more details and demo some of the new features rolling out, and the new Mixer NYC Studio will host a gaming marathon featuring a variety of streamers competing in a multi-genre esports gauntlet. The celebration concludes with ‘Mixerworks’ – an interactive firework show at 9 p.m. PT.

We’re also excited to announce that Xbox will be broadcasting its E3 briefing in UHD, with a special edition Mixer 4K broadcast for those with a 4K display.

There you have it ladies and germs!

Now go ahead and add me because @XboxKaneda and I are going try testing the simulcast tomorrow night! I’m getting my cleavage ready!



Brock McLaughlin

Brock McLaughlin

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