Microsoft rolls out Xbox One update with built-in game streaming

The service does a nice job highlighting new and up-and-coming streamers, and since it's Microsoft's own product, it is a bit more intuitive and customizable than the Xbox One Twitch app.

The Xbox's Home and Guide have been reworked, the Beam feature has been added, the console is now more accessible to all kinds of gamers, there are new multitasking capabilities and more. The Home screen has been given a makeover to prioritize speed and performance.

Microsoft has just announced a series of updates to Xbox One, which includes beam streaming, a simpler interface, and the ability to upload a custom image for gamerpic.

New way to multitask: In addition to adding a new start page to Guide, we're also evolving the way gamers multitask on Xbox One. Instead, it comes as an overlay on the left side. Microsoft partner group program manager Chad Gibson told gaming publication Gamespot that Microsoft is talking with third-party developers about new interactive modding features for Beam and that they may "come to market later this year". Microsoft says it's faster than the old one and created to with "prioritizing the most valuable content for your games" in mind.

Copilot may be most appealing to parents that want to help their kids play games, and those same parents may also be interested in the new screen time limits feature. The hope is that the low-latency feature and future modding possibilities will attract more gamers to Beam over time. You will still need to wait until 5 April to kick-start the update process, but a week early is better than nothing, right?

Additional new features include support for Dolby Atmos and Blu-ray player bitstream passthrough for improved sound.

The last major update introduces Beam, which Microsoft says "will unify players across Xbox One console and PC". Eligible users can then locate files for the Windows 10 build 15063, which is generally considered to be the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build number for the finished Creators Update, The Verge explains.

The Xbox One's Dashboard has been given a revamp in this new March 2017 update.

Until now, the majority of video game players deployed the Twitch streaming service to chat with each other on Xbox One, Sony PlayStation and personal computers.

Microsoft recently confirmed that it is going to roll out the Windows 10 Creators Update to all of its users on April 11.