Mixer was rebranded from the Beam platform Microsoft acquired in 2016. Beam was rebranded as Mixer in 2017 with plenty of new features. The company has often promoted the service as the only true live-streaming game platform. Other similar services have a 10-20 second latency, but Mixer is directly live.
With version 4.2.0, Microsoft has added some interesting new features. One of them is the ability to switch usernames when in the application. Users can now also pin Ember messages on top of a chat.
Ember is a feature introduced with Season 2 back in September. Acting as a virtual currency, Embers give users means to purchase high-value Skills.
Elsewhere in the latest update, the UI is more intuitive thanks to the ability swipe to dismiss picture-in-picture mode. As usual, Microsoft has provided a full changelog for the new Mixer release on iOS:
- Video improvements
- The ability to change username!
- Pinning Ember messages on top of chat
- Swipe to dismiss picture-in-picture
- Landscape chat-only mode
- Language-prioritised videos on the Home page for Spanish and Portuguese
To see the new update, head to the Mixer app on Apple's iTunes and App Store.
Last year, Microsoft introduced the ability to broadcast everything that happens on their screen through Mixer, specifically for Xbox One. This means when streaming, Xbox One users can show off everything on their interface.
Previously, if a game crashed mid-stream, Mixer would present a screensaver display with two astronauts. Now gamers can choose to show their Xbox One Dashboard.