Don't remove streaming from Game Bar
You just sent me an email saying you're removing the streaming feature from Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10. The feature's already implemented, works fine, and the email gives no reason for removing it.
So... why are you removing it? I use this feature *all the time*. If you want to hide it by default and give me a checkbox to turn it back on, that would be fine for me. But removing it altogether?
If I have to start up complex, buggy OBS every time I want to show a friend a boss battle or something in a game, I'm just going to not use Mixer at all, and probably also not share those experiences at all because you've put back all the obstacles you removed when you added the Game Bay in the first place.
If you're going to do it at least give a *reason* that makes sense, instead of an email that says "it's gone, if you liked it? Sucks to be you. You get no vote. Haha loser." (Which is what you might as well have typed, the message is so unfriendly.)
I have been getting an error for weeks and now find out why. the ONLY reason i use Mixer at all is because of how easy it was to stream compared to other sites. there was no need to load additional programs and load down my system and cause delays using game bar to stream with. now, since i will have to use the other software to stream anyway, i wont be streaming to Mixer. i believe that a lot of people will be doing the same.
John Lynch commented
The funny thing about this is that I've been very frustrated for the last few weeks because Mixer streaming from my Game Bar on WIndows 10 hasn't been working, instead failing with a very mysterious and unhelpful error. This is the main thing I love about the Game Bar, so to find out that not only is the problem not gonna get fixed anytime soon, but that the feature is going away entirely really sucks. The ability to quickly and conveniently stream my game for my friends (with high quality and low latency) was a big deal. Really, really sad about this.
Megan Kropilak commented
I felt the same way when I got the email. I've been using Game Bar because it makes streaming so much easier without having to launch all these different programs. The convenience made it worth it, now they're taking it away for really no reason. If people complained that they didn't want just Mixer to be the streaming platform, maybe they should give streaming options that people could change or select instead.
Yefune Kenizi commented
I too was extremely disappointed that Microsoft decided to discontinue the Broadcasting Option via Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10. Using Xbox One controllers and Xbox Game Bar on my gaming rig (PC laptop) was the only reason I even began streaming to Mixer. Since they are making us use third party stream/broadcasting engines (I use OBS with no add-on services), Twitch Prime is just better all around. The only advantage Mixer had was Game Bar (even though it was a bit annoying having to go to the Mixer Desktop site on my phone to tell Mixer what game I was playing), and that is now gone.
Integrating streaming into Windows seems like something the majority would want, and is a good justification to use Mixer over Twitch too. I don't get the decision behind removing the ability to do it when the pros seem to outweigh any cons.
I agree with everyone else. At least give us a good reason for the removal besides "to focus on delivering new, more often requested experiences across Mixer, Windows 10 and the Xbox Game Bar." If you want people to use your streaming services then dont take away the already integrated way of utilizing it. I'm with everyone else. I dont want to use a third-party program to stream a game. Especially if there are going to be latency issues. If I have to use a third-party program, I may as well use Twitch, as well.
I really hope you listen to the community on this one and reverse this removal because I'm sure you'll see a drastic decline in Mixer usage from PC users if you dont.
Anthony Takata commented
Microsoft gets "Great Feedback" from the circlejerk, I'm sure.
At worst, make it a toggle you can hide at-will.
Agreed, this is ridiculous. I’ve been championing Mixer for 2 reasons - the smooth integration with Windows 10, and the near lack of latency when broadcasting through the game bar. That email was like a slap in the face, with very little justification for removing the one thing that made the game bar good.
If Microsoft at least gave a good *reason* for removing it, I might actually be ok with the decision. Like "hey it turns out 95% of our spam comes from that feature". Well ok.
But to just remove it with no reason? Just because they hate usability I guess? Maybe it's a crafty way to encourage people to move to Xbox (which gets to keep the feature, BTW)?
And yes I'd LOVE to see who provided the feedback saying to remove this feature. It's certainly not on THIS feedback site; I spent the last 15 minutes searching it.
Thanks for your support everybody.
Please keep it, I use it all the time. I'll move on from Mixer if it's removed.
The Contradiction is in fact you have to leave your game in order to do these other methods that you say to do to replace the mixer part of the game bar.
I want the Mixer implementation back since it was the best way for me to stream without Adding extra programs when using a third party streaming service.
Bring back Mixer on Gamebar
I agree. I'm disappointed in this decision. I use the game bar to stream to mixer. Sure it's maybe not the best but it's super easy. I guess I'll just go back to streaming to twitch with the Nvidia software.
Also the email says this "With continued, great feedback from the community and after careful consideration, we have decided to remove Mixer broadcasting from Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10". Why would anyone give feedback to remove streaming from the game bar? Come on.