Mixer is bringing its signature FTL streaming to its mobile apps

Mixer is bringing its signature FTL streaming to its mobile apps

A big part of what makes Microsoft's game streaming service, Mixer, attractive to both streamers and viewers alike is its low-latency streaming option. Dubbed by the Mixer team as Faster-Than-Light (FTL), the option allows broadcasters to communicate with viewer nearly in real-time, rather than behind the usual long delay. That's a particularly important feature to have when it comes to interactivity, another area on which Mixer focuses.

The only problem with FTL so far has been that it was previously not available as an option while on the go. For viewers, Mixer is addressing that pain point today by enabling FTL in beta in its mobile apps on Android and iOS. Anyone using the Mixer beta apps will now be able to enable FTL streaming by tapping the new rocker ship icon in the top right corner of a stream.

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If you've used FTL streaming on desktop, you'll be familiar with how convenient it is to interact in real time with whatever streamer you're watching. That goes double if you participate in streams with the interactivity features built into Mixer, even if it's just to throw a ridiculous GIF up on the stream. However, as games start to implement the Mixer API to enable interactions that can impact gameplay, particularly as Mixer deepens its integration on Xbox One, mobile FTL will prove to be a boon for Xbox gamers watching on the go on their Android and iOS devices.

It's worth reiterating that FTL is currently only available in the mobile viewer apps in beta, so there are bound to be bugs. If you have an Android device you can sign up on Google Play (opens in new tab) to participate in the beta. For iOS users, the number of beta spots is much more limited by virtue of how betas work on Apple devices, so you'll have to sign up for an invitation (opens in new tab).

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Nothing in Windows Mobile again and worse, nothing in windows 10 store.
  • Why would you need something "in windows 10 store"?
  • Well, I'd think so you could install the app on a Windows phone or Windows computer.  Which, apparently Microsoft is continuing its goal of supporting everyone else first (or only).
  • Guess what no Windows Mobile app 😰
  • Bro, no developer wants to waste time with a .1% market share :/
  • I understand, but A) MS is no 'dev' but the mother of it all. B) they still have a company image to maintain, aka, some reputation left. And C) why don't they do it as UWP compatible for W10M?
  • Sony also ditch PSV like it's never born, and WinPhone is a goner already ages ago.
    c) uwp on winPhone is not the same uwp running on win10.pc, win10s and win10.arm.
  • Doesn't have to be the same but can be. At least a mixer app.
  • Different SKU that's why no dev got time to spend to QA WinPhone.
  • No Windows 10 Mobile app? So much for my late-night streaming sessions of Age of Empires Castle Siege or Solitaire. ;)
  • Is this the thing to replace Windows Movies and TV (dumbest name ever)?
    I could see Music being Grove... and Movies being Mixer...
    Is this the idea?
  • No. Mixer is for live streaming video
  • Still no UWP app...
  • Microsoft is disassociating itself from a phone/smart phone type branding... This is my guess. Windows Surface laptop and a note version of the (Surface laptop) is the next handheld in the works while the OEM build their own versions of the note.  The reason I'm thinking this is because the new Surface laptop is smaller than the previous one and if you continue to shrink you get the Surface note which will be foldable there by pocketable both with LTE and WIFI. This is the only way they can maintain a differentiation from the smartphone type branding and have a handheld device.
  • The WM OS is module into the main OS thereby eliminating it as a separate OS and I guess it will be manage by the main OS by automation that recognize device specs and loading the necessary resources onto that device and also said device will be recognize by the store.