Windows 10 Latest News & Update: Microsoft Taps Beam for Seamless Videogame Livestreaming; Fate of Non Xbox Live Unclear
Microsoft is continuing its move to incorporate all assets it acquired throughout the years and gamers can expect built-in videogame streaming in Windows 10 through Beam. The said company was acquired in August this year and Microsoft immediately dubbed the asset as "innovative and interactive livestreaming" platform.
According to PC Gamer, Beam has two major points that Windows 10 can take advantage of compared to other services like Twitch. First, there is notable improvement in streamer-audience interaction because of Beam's low latency. Secondly, Beam offers experience reward system which in turn converts to passport for customization.
There is a drawback when Microsoft employs Beam for videogame streaming though. While this feature will work for Windows 10 game titles, the fate of sister product Xbox One is unclear. Meaning, there are plenty of Xbox titles that will be left behind should Beam limit its cover for PC. At any rate, there are insufficient details yet about Microsoft's plan so everything is still on the fly.
Windows 10 is a go for Beam video games streaming and so are titles covered under Xbox Play Anywhere. But how about those outside cross-platform service of Microsoft? Remember that these include top games like "Gears of War 4" and "Forza Horizon 3." Sadly, this issue wasn't tackled during Microsoft event.
Xbox One has built-in videogame streaming feature already so it might not look that awful. It is now a matter of synchronizing all Microsoft streaming service in Xbox One and Windows 10 for them to sing a single tune. If this comes to fruition, expect seamless and almost real-time streaming in Windows 10. Kotaku reported that Microsoft presentation showed almost lag-less streaming plus instant notification though Xbox Live.
By the way, how convenient is it to use Beam for Window 10 game streaming compared to other services? Gamers don't need to connect to Beam web-based user interface anymore. Windows 10 offers native interface which can be accessed by pressing the Windows key together with G button. This will lead to Beam by clicking it from streaming option.