Microsoft Celebrates One Year of Mixer

Posted on May 24, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Windows 10, Xbox One with 1 Comment

Microsoft is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Mixer video game service by rolling out tons of new features.

“Mixer has come a long way in just one year and today, we’re excited to announce new features coming to the platform,” a Microsoft representative told me.

Here’s what’s new.

MixPlay. This expanded developer toolset helps Mixer streamers to create deeper interactive experiences on their channels. “Developers can now create MixPlay experiences on top of streams, in panels on the side of video, as widgets around video or as free-floating overlays, all while completely matching the look and feel of their games or streamed content,” Microsoft notes. It’s all built on standard web technologies like HTML and JavaScript.

Refreshed Mixer experience. The Mixer web and PC experiences are being refreshed with a new look and feel and to include MixPlay functionality.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege comes to HypeZone. Over 500 unique streamers are streaming battle royale games via Mixer’s HypeZone, and today that experience is being expanded to include Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, a tactical first-person shooter.

DirectPurchase. Announced in February, DirectPurchase lets Mixer viewers purchase games and game content directly from their streaming experience.

MixerCreate improvements. The MixerCreate app has been updated to make it easier to start and manage Mixer Co-Streams directly from a phone. This is available today in the Mixer Create beta on Android, and is coming to all Mixer Create users in early June.

You can find out more from Microsoft’s Mixer website.

 

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