Microsoft has taken another big step in their push to make Windows 10 the and Xbox One the best place to play.
Today’s announcement involves the integration of Beam, a live broadcasting platform we’ll soon be able to use on both platforms.
Beam will let you watch live gaming streams and give you the ability to interact with broadcasters in near real time. Plus, since Beam technology is built right into Windows 10 and Xbox One, anyone on Xbox Live can become a game broadcaster without needing to download additional software.
By building Beam technology right into Windows 10 and Xbox One, we’re making it easier than ever for anyone to be a game broadcaster by creating a seamless experience where users can both view and broadcast game streams in near real-time. We continue to support our existing streaming partners like Twitch, but are excited to see the Xbox community take advantage of the new streaming and interactivity options offered with Beam. We want to give fans more choice in how and where they stream their games.
While it likely won’t dethrone the hugely popular Twitch platform soon, it’s great for gamers to have another option. Considering that Beam promises near real time interaction (Twitch has a delay of several seconds), it may be the better choice for many.
Microsoft also announced Arena for Xbox One and Windows 10. Arena allows players to set up and manage their own custom tournaments on Xbox Live. This includes setting the time, date, game modes, and more.
Beam Game Broadcasting hits Windows and Xbox One in early 2017 as part of the Creators Update while Arena arrives sometime 2017.
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