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Microsoft and Beam Developing Xbox and PC Windows 10 App

A month after Microsoft purchased game streaming service Beam, the companies are developing a dedicated app. The Windows 10 application will mean a limitation of using the browser on Xbox will be avoided.


A month after acquired game-streaming service Beam, the company has expanded on its plans. Using its Twitter account, the company announced that and Xbox apps will be coming soon. Those two applications will likely be Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and will be arriving this winter.

The service allows users to watch or play along with other gamers. It is possible to connect with contacts or favorite gamers in real-time, connecting directly into a live stream.

Beam has only announced the apps are coming, but did not say which features it will have. However, the company has an extensive roadmap of features it plans to introduce in the future. Among those features are:

  • Dynamic Stream Recaps
  • Sub Anniversary Announcements
  • Channel Editors
  • Scheduled Live Streams
  • Team Based Interactive Games
  • Voice Chat Commands
  • Co-Streaming
  • AV1 Stream Encoding
  • Private Messaging
  • Group Messages
  • Moderator Permission Editor
  • Channel Moderation Logs
  • Built-in Donations
  • Theater Mode
  • VOD Chat Replay
  • Console Apps


Browser Limitation Avoided?

Last month we discussed some of the potential limitations of the service:

“Microsoft wants to use Beam to make the Xbox Live service more social. Livestreaming through Beam allows users to connect mid-stream and connect. However, at the moment users must access Beam through a browser. In terms of console gaming on the Xbox One using the web is limiting and hardly convenient. This means users must access the service through the web instead of through a dedicated app.”

The development of a Windows 10 app for PC and Xbox means this browser limitation will be avoided. We speculated last month that Microsoft would be eager to develop an app for the cross-platform service.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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