It looks like YouTube is making a move on Mixer. A few days ago, Mixer launched a Mixer Create program for mobile devices which lets you stream compatible games or your camera to the service. Since then many new feeds have popped up which include a variety of different content apart from gaming. This will undoubtedly make the service more appealing to others and the service’s rivals have noticed.
Well, today YouTube released an update for their program on iOS which lets anyone stream their screen and camera. What’s surprising is that they’ve also introduced an ultra-low-latency mode which, like Mixer, makes interacting with audience members almost instantaneous. Considering that YouTube is the second largest streaming platform, Mixer should be worried. If Twitch introduces such features and an ultra-low-latency mode, this might be it for Microsoft’s new service. Hopefully they’ll keep on innovating at a rapid pace and adopt policies that encourage users to come to their platform.
In many ways YouTube’s new venture is better than Mixer and Twitch due to the technology and reach. Like Mixer, it offers ultra-low-latency streaming, but unlike Mixer, it commands a significant portion of the market, over a third to be exact. This means that you can easily promote your livestreams to your existing YouTube subscribers and won’t have to start from scratch. They don’t have to create new accounts on other websites. Despite who ends up victorious, the fact that Mixer and YouTube let users stream content from their phones and cameras is going to lead to an unprecedented amount of creativity because beforehand streaming was limited to gamers with Elgato capture cards, powerful gaming rigs, and consoles. We can’t wait to see what new shows emerge in the weeks and months to come!