The week started with some tweets from Microsofties about the upcoming Xbox features for gamers including soon playable 360 degrees videos coming to Xbox One and more.
To this end, the already available Windows 10 Video 360 app is expecting an update sometime this week, that will bring it to Xbox One consoles, reveals a tweet from the app developers. "May the #XboxOne could have a 360 degrees player in few days 😉 ? Video360 app on the road!" the tweet reads.
"Video 360 is the first mediaplayer 360° on Windows Store. The 3D Virtual Reality Headsets are supported (such as Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard etc.) Try this amazing experience to control the camera angle : a total immersion. Use this media player with Tubecast to enjoy Youtube videos 360 degrees (4K supported). Move the camera angle with Device sensors (Gyrometer, Accelerometer etc.), your fingers, keyboard, mouse, and XBOX Gamepad."
In another tweet comes a image of what the Xbox One will look like after the next update. In a post last week, Microsoft teased an upcoming feature, which is a redesigned function for the main Xbox button on the Xbox One controller. "Through one press of the Xbox button on your controller, you'll be able to pull up the newly enhanced Guide as an overlay on the left side of your screen no matter what you're doing," Mike Ybarra said in the earlier. "In addition, we're rebuilding the most popular multitasking experiences for speed and ease of access," he said. For example, "you'll be able to start recording your GameDVR clips, adjust your recording length, and access your captures directly in the Guide."
While this update is yet to roll out, Ybarra on his Beam account showed off the new Xbox One dashboard briefly in a gaming streaming session. As you can see in the image below, the new Guide shown has been redesigned quite a lot and now features a bright white Xbox symbol at its center on the left, with a bit more new options such as switching to recently played video games and several new recording shortcuts.
Ybarra on Twitter replied, that "the method they currently have implemented is a combination of pressing the Xbox and A button however the Xbox team is also looking at an additional one-button solution."
New Xbox One guide shown by Mike Ybarra. pic.twitter.com/isiHYYEmkt— [RCG]Wh1plash96 (@Wh1plash96) January 17, 2017
Microsoft begun promoting a new campaign called "FREEdom Rewards", which is designed for all Xbox One gamers enrolled in the Xbox Live Rewards program to experience a category of games you may not be aware of.
"Free to Play games give robust, innovative game experiences you crave with the freedom to spend as you want."
"FREEdom Rewards is basically an attempt to encourage more Xbox One owners to try the numerous free-to-play video games the console has to offer. Until February 28th, gamers can complete in-game milestones in Warframe (pictured above), Neverwinter, World of Tanks, Star Trek Online, and DC Universe online and be rewarded with in-game items that are usually bought with real money."
It's more fun to play with friends, now Xbox Live Rewards members can earn a variety of exclusive prizes for referring their friends to select Free to Play games during the offer period.
Download the game you like and complete five new achievements by Feb 28 and you'll get a 75 Platinum ($4.99) to spend in game.
Rewards you can earn:
- Free Pass: Earn 2,000 Rewards Credits per month by spending at least $30 (before tax) on add-on content for one Free to Play game in Xbox Store. This offer resets monthly, starting at 00:00 UTC on the first day of the month and ending at 23:59 UTC on the last day of the month.
- FREEquent Player: Earn 2,000 Rewards Credits every three months by spending at least $5 (before tax) on add-on content for Free to Play games in the Xbox Store for three consecutive months. These can be for one or multiple games, but the three purchases must be on the same title. This offer runs for three months from January 1, 2017 at 00:00 UTC until March 31, 2017 at 23:59 UTC.
- One-Two-Free Punch: Earn 3,000 Rewards Credits per month by spending at least $5 (before tax) on add-on content for three different Free to Play games on the Xbox Store. This offer resets monthly, with the period starting at 00:00 UTC on the first day of the month and ending at 23:59 UTC on the last day of the month.
Exclusive prizes for featured games:
Until Feb 28, special offers to earn limited time Xbox Live Rewards on great Free to Play games like Roblox, Neverwinter, World of Tanks, Star Trek Online, DC Universe Online, and Warframe:
Download Roblox from Xbox Store and play for at least 30 minutes to start earing Xbox Live Rewards. For every 30 minutes you play you'll gain a single entry into Dream Big, Win Bigger sweepstakes (maximum four entries per week allowed).
- 49-inch 4K Ultra HD TV (ARV: $1,499.99)
- Wireless Gaming Chair (ARV: $249.99)
- Gaming Headset (ARV: $119.95)
- 400 Robux (ARV: $4.99)
See more about FREEdom HERE.
Finally, Microsoft Australia announced a competition that will offer a limited edition inflatable Xbox Controller.
Those who need, can can head over the Microsoft Australia Facebook page, "like" it and post a message in 25 words or less on "what your ideal Australia Day would be!" You'll want to be quick as the promotion period ends on January 20 at 9:00 am AEST.
For more details and rules, be sure to check out the Pgae here.
Update 01/20: Microsoft has announced the Beam 2.0 update that brings a slew of new features including a new faster HTML5-only video player, optional Xbox Live sign-in, and a UI refresh for the entire website.
Additionally, 'Beam 2.0' includes various improvements such as a new UI for polling, a better deep chat experience, more robust network management, and a community-focused homepage.
The video player now enables playback at up to 10Mbps and a maximum resolution of 1440p at 60fps.
This update has been available to beta users for a while but is now available globally.
(low key, announce coming at a later date) Beam2 is now live globally! An entirely new Beam frontend-- https://t.co/aebkOnpGC4— Matt (@MattSalsamendi) January 18, 2017