Beam Streaming, Increased Performance, and Fan-Requested Features Are Coming to Xbox One and Windows 10

2017 is going to be a monumental year for gaming at Microsoft. Whether you play on Xbox One, a Windows 10 PC, your mobile phone, or anywhere you sign-in with Xbox Live, your gaming experiences are going to be easier, more social, and better with innovative hardware and software features throughout the year.

The folks over at Xbox are focused on feedback from fans and innovative, new ideas from their engineering teams that will enhance gaming on the Xbox One and will make Windows 10 the best operating system for PC gaming. In October, as a part of the Creators Update, Microsoft announced that Beam, gamer-created tournaments, and other fan requested features would be coming. The’re plan is that they will be kicking off 2017 by introducing some of these features next week, with more updates to share in the coming months.

These updates are about four key themes: Streaming, Performance, People, and Competition.

Beam will becoming a feature on Xbox One and Windows 10 making streaming easier. There is also going to be improvements to PC games through the all new Windows Game Mode. And the Arena will be available on Xbox Live too, it will allow you to play in organized tournaments or create your own, making eSports available for everyone.

Lets have a look at the new features in more detail:

Instantly stream to Beam on Windows 10 and Xbox One
Microsoft are building Beam as a feature of Xbox One and Windows 10, making Beam one of the easiest and quickest ways to stream your gameplay.

Beam will connect to your Xbox Live account, making it easy to stream your favorite games to Beam and your Xbox Live community. No extra software is needed and viewers anywhere will be able to watch your streams and interact with your broadcast. On a Windows 10 PC, press Windows + G to pull up the Game bar and click the broadcast button to start streaming. On Xbox One, you can start streaming with one button press from inside the Guide.

Increased performance in gaming
Microsoft’s goal is to make Windows 10 the best Windows ever for gaming. With the Creators Update, they’ll be introducing a new feature called Game Mode. Windows Insiders will start seeing some of the visual elements for Game Mode this week, with the feature being fully operational in builds shortly thereafter. The vision is for Game Mode to optimize your Windows 10 PC for increased performance in gaming. This is a big update for Windows; and Microsoft are looking forward to Insiders getting their hands on this new feature for further testing, and there will be much more to share on what it is and how it works soon, so stayed tuned.

In addition, every Xbox One will see an update coming to the Guide that will make it faster to complete common tasks. Through one press of the Xbox button on your controller, you’ll be able to pull up the newly enhanced Guide as an overlay on the left side of your screen no matter what you’re doing. In addition, they’re rebuilding the most popular multitasking experiences for speed and ease of access. For example, you’ll be able to start recording your GameDVR clips, adjust your recording length, and access your captures directly in the Guide. There will also be a new Achievement tracking overlay added, Gamerscore Leaderboard, a new Cortana design, and controls for background music, making these features easier to use.

Better ways to find, stay in touch, and share with your gaming friends
Xbox Live is going to be improved by making it easier to connect with people you care about on other social networks. Activity Feed will also have some updates, so you can connect and share more with your gaming friends. With additional improvements to Clubs and Looking For Group (LFG), like better moderator tools for Clubs and the ability to share LFG posts in your feed, it will be even easier to seek out players for any game on Xbox and Windows 10, and join communities of gamers like you.

You define the rules of competition
New tournaments are coming to Arena on Xbox Live, including those from professional tournament organizers like ESL and FACEIT. And starting with “World of Tanks” and “Killer Instinct”, you’ll be able to create your own Arena tournaments, with more supported titles coming over time. Once your tournament is created, you can invite your friends and members of your club can see it and join. And when the tournament ends, the results will be automatically recorded so you can share them on Xbox Live and across your social networks.


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