Beam Integration and Gamer-Created Tournaments Coming to Xbox One and Windows 10

This week, Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 Creators Update, a free update that is coming to Windows 10 sometime in early 2017 that will bring with it a host of new features that “empower people to create and share their experiences with others”. Gamers haven’t been overlooked in this aspect either, as this update will make it easy to create and enjoy live game streams and customised tournaments on Xbox Live.

Beam Integration
Currently, gamers on Windows 10 PCs can access gaming features like Game DVR via the game bar (by pressing Win + G), allowing them to share their favourite gaming moments with friends. Microsoft has announced that the upcoming Creators Update will add new functionality to the game bar and will allow gamers to start a Beam broadcast for any game “almost instantly”.

By bringing Beam to Xbox, we’re creating more interactive gaming experiences for both the player and the viewer on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, allowing you to watch live game streams and give you the ability to interact in real time with broadcasters. Best of all, Beam technology will be built right into Windows 10 and Xbox One, so anyone can become a game broadcaster.
Arena to Include Gamer-Generated Tournaments

We have known about Arena on Xbox Live for quite some time now (in fact, it has been available to Preview members since the start of the month) and its aim of bringing competitive gaming to everyone, regardless of their skill-level. Microsoft has now announced the inclusion of gamer-created tournaments, giving players the ability to design their own tournaments, set the tournament style, invite friends for a little friendly competition and track the progress across their numerous devices, whether it’s on Xbox One or Windows 10.

Arena on Xbox Live is powered by the world’s most advanced gaming community, uniting gamers across Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, and fueled by hundreds of thousands of servers to deliver maximum performance while reducing lag and cheating.

Plus, with new features like Clubs, Looking for Group and Arena on Xbox Live, and cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, we make it easier than ever to connect with people who have shared interests and have fun together on Xbox Live.