Today, Microsoft held a Windows 10 event in New York City. Amongst the many cool announcements, such as the Windows 10 Creator Update (which you can read about HERE), Microsoft announced a few interesting details for gamers.
With the Creators Update in Early 2017, Microsoft will be integrating the newly acquired streaming service Beam into it’s platforms. What does this mean to you? If you are a Twitch user, then not a lot. But if you are looking for a different kind of stream, then Beam might be for you. Beam is an interactive service that gives views some control over how a broadcaster plays specific games. With the update, you can use the Game Bar to instantly start streaming your games on Beam or watch your favorite streamers. Beam will be available on Windows 10 and Xbox One.
Not only are we getting Beam integration, but new VR Headsets for Windows 10 are coming soon! A wide range of companies will be building a wide variety of headsets coming in 2017 starting at $299.99. Unfortunately, no announcement on whether or not they will be available for use on Xbox One.
Another really interesting announcement is the expansion of the Arena on Xbox Live program. I originally thought that this tournament program would only be run by official Xbox channels. However, Microsoft announced that gamers can create their own tournaments! Gamers can create a tournament for specific games and set their own rules and length for each tournament. You can create your tournament on Xbox Live and track it on Xbox or Windows 10. Microsoft also said that hundreds of thousands of servers will be available for Arena to prevent lag and prevent cheating. I would love to have the ability to set up GameOctane tournaments, so I can’t wait for this option to come to Xbox One.
You can read some more details from the event by clicking HERE. Are you excited by any of these announcements? Let us know in the comments!