Mixer’s sudden downfall has led to a number of questions online, but when it comes to streaming directly from Microsoft Xbox consoles in future, gamers won’t be forced to use Facebook Gaming.
According to Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hyrb, the director of programming at Xbox, Facebook Gaming will not be baked into the console’s dashboard like Mixer used to be. Instead users will be given a variety of choices when it comes to streaming, meaning they can opt for whatever platform they choose.
“If you are asking if the current Mixer intergration in the dashboard is going to become Facebook Gaming, the answer is no,” Major Nelson says in response to a Reddit thread discussing Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s earlier tweet confirming streamers were going to be given more choice on the platform.
This concern has grown in the community because as of July 22, all Mixer sites and apps will redirect to Facebook Gaming. While this is true for the official site and app, this will not be recreated on the console’s dashboard.
The built-in broadcasting feature will also temporarily disabled next month, so Xbox can make it a “more social experience.” In the meantime players will be able to share their experiences online using the Twitch app or by streaming through a PC.
Major Nelson’s clarification has helped answer one of the niggling questions in the community, but there’s still lots more to answer. Mixer partners, who were offered a financial reward for moving over to Facebook Gaming, still don’t have a real understanding of why they weren’t told about the platform closing down in advance.
Many are feeling frustrated that they have to build their platforms up from scratch, but for big streamers like Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, it’s been an opportunity to think about new deals – including from Facebook Gaming.