MI­CROSOFT RE­NAMES BEAM, IS NOW CALLED MIXER

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Mi­crosoft has re­named the Beam stream­ing ser­vice it pur­chased al­most a year ago. Beam shall now be re­ferred to as Mixer. Mixer is pretty much Twitch, but by Mi­crosoft. The main rea­son to use Mixer is that it’s baked right in to Win­dows and has low-level sys­tem in­te­gra­tion thanks to its in­clu­sion in the lat­est Win­dows 10 Cre­ator’s Update. This level of in­te­gra­tion al­lows you to do funky things such as “co-stream­ing,” where up to 4 stream­ers can com­bine their streams into a sin­gle viewer split-screen ex­pe­ri­ence. The stream­ers in the party can each be do­ing dif­fer­ent things, they don’t even need to be play­ing the same game. Mixer also dis­tin­guishes it­self by tout­ing “livestream­ing that’s ac­tu­ally live” with min­i­mal one or two sec­ond la­tency, a huge ad­van­tage over Twitch’s 10 to 15 sec­onds for non-part­ners. With low la­tency, con­ver­sa­tions be­tween streamer and au­di­ence can be a lot more nat­u­ral.

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