After acquiring Mixer, a game streaming company last year, Microsoft has now announced mobile apps for iOS and Android in order to let the players stream on the go and also share their gameplay in a much more intuitive way. The Mixer Create app was released in the PAX West gaming convention held in Seattle.
The Mixer app will allow friends to join streams, broadcast the gameplay, pair with a console and also interact with each other using chat option. One can record the gameplay on their Android and iOS device by using the “ReplayKit” framework. The feature was previously in beta and now it’s available for a major chunk of Android and iOS games.
Mixer claims that they have gone beyond the core functionality of broadcasting the games and has added a social angle to the app. The Live Broadcast works on similar lines as Facebook Live and will allow the gamers to share their gameplay on a realtime basis. Microsoft has already integrated the service into Xbox One and the Windows 10. The developers aim at making the app score on the utilitarian front by including a low-latency streaming and allow up to four broadcasters to stream an experience.
Needless to say, the Mixer app is expected to team up with the broadcasters and will keep on adding new features as we move forward. The app will mainly focus on user interaction along with the broadcast. The Mixer app was known by the name of ‘Beam’ before Microsoft acquired it. The idea behind the acquisition was to ready a competitor for YouTube Gaming and Amazon owned Twitch. It’s quite likely that in the future Mixer app will introduce a premium tier and will allow the broadcasters to earn revenue with their streams, a phenomena that gave rise to YouTube stars like PewDie Pie.