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'Minecraft' now livestreams building sessions directly to Mixer

You can also give viewers control over your game world.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
November 21, 2017
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A large part of Minecraft's allure is showing off your work. And now, it should be relatively easy to do that in real time. Mojang has released an update that lets you livestream directly to Microsoft Mixer (its parent company's service, naturally) from within the game on Android devices, Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles. If you've just finished recreating an entire country, you can take people on a live tour without starting a broadcast in a separate app or service first. And your audience doesn't have to simply watch, either.

Mixer support also lets you make aspects of your Minecraft session interactive. Viewers can vote on spawning objects (including enemies) or even change the environmental conditions. They can turn day into night to see whether you'll survive the trip back to safety, for instance. If you've ever broadcast a Minecraft stream and thought it was too predictable, this could add just the right amount of chaos.

The feature isn't available in other versions of Minecraft just yet. A mod to bring it to the classic Java-based game is coming later in 2017. Even so, this promises to make the world-building game a more social experience, whether or not your friends are ready to play.

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