Today at its Surface event, Microsoft announced the Windows 10 Creator Update. The new update will be coming as a free download in Spring 2017, with a number of updates focused on 3D technology, virtual reality, and more. One big addition in the update is native game streaming.
The streaming service comes via Beam, a livestreaming service that Microsoft acquired back in August. At the time, the acquisition announcement came from the Xbox Live division, so we knew that game streaming was coming in some fashion. Beam will be available on Windows 10 devices with the Creators Update and is expected to launch on Xbox One at some point as well. On Windows 10, players will be able to bring up Beam via the combination of the Windows and G keys. Microsoft is promising a low-latency stream with Beam.
"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," a Microsoft spokeperson told Mashable.
Twitch support will still be available on Xbox One according to the statement.
"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."
Microsoft also announced Arena for Xbox Live, a service for creating private game tournaments. Arena handles your brackets and score-keeping, leaving you free to lose horribly in the first round and spend the rest of the tournament watching matches on Beam.