Introducing Share Controller on Mixer

In today’s Xbox Insider blog, we introduced a couple new improvements to the Mixer broadcasting experience on Xbox One.

First, based on our community feedback we’re allowing streamers to be able to access the Broadcast & Capture tab from anywhere on their Xbox!

This means you can update your stream title and set up your mic and camera before viewers see your stream. Also, instead of having to end the stream when switching between games, you’ll now be able to stay live. And just like today, when you’re not playing a game your viewers will only see the pause animation, so they won’t be exposed to the tinkering you’re doing on your system. You’ll know when the broadcast is active or paused by looking at the broadcasting status bar on your screen.

Secondly, we’re excited to share a new Mixer Interactive feature called Share Controller. With Share Controller, Mixer streamers on an Xbox One will now have the option of sharing their controller with a viewer directly via Mixer.com. The viewer will have the ability to use any Xbox button (minus the Guide button), either online or by plugging in a controller to their PC. And since Share Controller is built directly into Xbox, it can be used with any Xbox One game. Viewer and streamer can work together in the game or not, which will result in some great moments and even a little hilarious chaos. It’s your choice!

All of these features will start in the Preview Alpha ring of the Xbox Insider Program soon and then expand out over time. To learn more about the program, check out the FAQ here.

Here’s how to get started with Share Controller.

First, hit the Guide button and tab over to the Broadcast & Capture section. Once you select Broadcast you’ll notice the Share Controller toggle. When you start your stream and switch the toggle to On, a button will appear to your viewers that says Share Controller.

If you’re the viewer that takes control, a virtual Xbox controller will appear at the bottom of the stream on Mixer.com. You can use the virtual controller or plug in a physical controller to your PC to play along.

Like everything we do at Mixer, we want feedback on these experiences to ensure they’re the best they can possibly be. If you’re in the Xbox Insider Program let us know what you think @WatchMixer on Twitter or at our Feedback site Feedback.Mixer.com.