Microsoft has removed native Mixer streaming from Windows 10

When Microsoft originally purchased Mixer (then, Beam), it very quickly integrated the streaming service directly into Windows 10, allowing users to begin streaming at the touch of a button (or, well, a key combo). Moving forward, that will no longer be the case.

Microsoft began working on a sweeping revamp of its Game Bar features for Windows 10, spinning it out to a separate app, and iterating updates based on user feedback. With the most recent update, Microsoft added an FPS counter to games and an achievement overlay. However, it also removed a fairly major feature.

Mixer broadcasting direct from Windows 10 via the Game Bar is no longer supported. Instead, Microsoft advises users to opt for a tool like OBS, StreamLabs OBS, or XSplit, which the vast majority of Mixer streamers probably do already anyway.

A Microsoft spokesperson provided this comment to Windows Central on the matter.

"With continued, great feedback from the community and after careful consideration, we have decided to remove Mixer from Xbox Game Bar to focus on delivering new, more often requested experiences across Mixer, Windows 10 and the Xbox Game Bar. You can broadcast to Mixer from Windows 10 devices using third-party tools such as OBS, Streamlabs, and XSplit and continue to use Xbox Game Bar for screen capture and sharing, controlling your music and audio settings, finding new teammates with Looking for Group (LFG), and chatting with Xbox friends across Xbox console, mobile, and PC – all without leaving your game."

Microsoft also quietly pruned the Xbox Tournament features from the OS recently, as well, perhaps as part of a wider effort to cull underused gaming features across the board. Either way, XSplit or OBS provides a far more feature-filled streaming experience than the Xbox Game Bar ever did for Mixer, so it's unlikely very many people were actively using it.

Related: How to use the Windows 10 Xbox Game Bar

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  • Are they insane?
  • Yes.
    Because people will use OBS and stick with Twitch because that will be where the audience is.
    At least with it integrated into game bar it drove users by default to mixer. Now the default will be Twitch. Insanity indeed
  • Exactly! It sucks.
  • Wtf!? Add work to remove it?
  • That decision has only one explanation: Very few people used it and most streamers were using other more professional tools instead. Am I wrong??
  • Your not wrong, but the feature was all about removing some of the barriers to entry for streaming. I streamed from time to time because of how simple this was. I'm not going to install third party software to do so, but then again my streams maxed out at like 1-2 viewers, but most of the time 0. I can see why they removed it, but it makes me a little sad.
  • Let's hope they provide an alternative solution for entry streamers in the future.
  • I payed with it a bit and the performance was lacking, even compared to GPU Tools like Relive and Shadow play. Pros are already using OBS or Xsplit, and Relive or Shadow play are already going to be available for new streamers to use, so it probably wasn't worth it to try and continue developing it.
  • Maybe nobody was using it, even when streaming to Mixer.
  • I think they should have renamed it to Screencast Bar or PowerBar, because its most useful mainstream effect so far has been making screen recording a 1st party feature.
  • yeah low usage, because it never works, its unreliable af, from time to time I would feel like showing a friend or two something quick and the thing failed 7 out of 10 times with a useless error message
  • Its silly to remove it. It was easy to use might not of had a tone of features but I didn't need it I am not a pro streamer. It was easy to use and quick. Makes no sense removing it if it worked keep it as an option.
  • Tried it a few times just for fun and wife said it worked for a few seconds then just nothing.
  • I use it all the time, its an easy way to quickly stream what your playing without the faff of installing a third party piece of software. Microsoft again killing something great. MEH.
  • I'm a HUGE fan of XSplit. Very inexpensive and has a lot of pro features.
  • Is there any way to avoid it and keep the Game Bar streaming? It was one of the most charming features of Windows 10.
  • When is this set to happen? I used it just yesterday.
  • With recent removal of streaming from the app on phones. now from windows it makes me wonder if Microsoft is still all in for Mixer. .. I also find this interesting since 2 founders of mixer recently left Microsoft. Maybe contracts were up. Maybe its nothing. But taking away ways of streaming isn't going to help mixer grow.