If you have recently noticed that the Xbox game bar has lost its button to the mixer, you are not alone. As first reported by Windows Central, Microsoft has silently removed this built-in Mixer streaming functionality from the Xbox game bar, a move that is quite surprising given the company's big push to build a Twitch competitor.
The fact that the company still communicates about this loss of functionality is quite worrying. A spokesman for Microsoft provided the following statement to Windows Central, and the company is now inviting users to switch to dedicated third-party solutions, such as OBS, Streamlabs and XSplit:
"With continuous and excellent comments from the community and then from a careful Therefore, we have decided to remove Mixer from Xbox Game Bar to focus on offering more requested new experiences in Mixer, Windows 10 and Xbox Game Bar. You can stream to Mixer from Windows 10 devices using third-party tools such as OBS, Streamlabs and XSplit and continue to use Xbox Game Bar to capture and share the screen, control their music and audio settings, find new teammates with Looking for Group (LFG) and chat with Xbox friends on the Xbox console, mobile device and PC. All without abandoning your game. "
The Mixer broadcast originally came with the Windows 10 Creators Update released in the spring of 2017, and the function really made the game streaming very simple: you just had to open the Windows 10 game bar by pressing Win + G, and the broadcast button was there to go live on Mixer. The third-party applications that Microsoft now recommends are excellent tools for advanced users, but they are certainly not that intuitive. Interestingly, Mixer's competitor, Twitch, also recently announced its own streaming application for Windows called Twitch Studio, which is currently in private beta.
It is unclear whether many Windows 10 users were using this built-in Mixer streaming functionality, but removing this feature from the operating system does not really sound like a vote of confidence for the service that Microsoft acquired in 2016. The Mixer streaming It is still a feature built into Xbox One, but at a time when Microsoft tries to bring its Xbox and PC gaming communities together, leaving Windows 10 users out of the Mixer streaming party seems definitely odd.
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