Phil Spencer, '2017 is going to be an incredible year for Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers' said as the eam Xbox celebrates the worldwide launch of early access for "Halo Wars 2."
He also mentions the upcoming launch of Project Scorpio – "the most powerful console ever made" – along with a diverse lineup of games.
With Xbox Play Anywhere, "players get both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC versions of Halo Wars 2 with a single digital purchase, including shared progress and achievements across both platforms," says Spencer.
"We are preparing to launch most powerful console ever made this holiday – Project Scorpio – along with a diverse lineup of games," he writes. "Our studio partners are working hard to develop exclusive Xbox One and Windows 10 games this year, from new IP like Sea of Thieves to all-new chapters of fan-favorite franchises like State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3," he says.
Also two original Xbox classics coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 this spring – Phantom Dust and Voodoo Vince.
"Between Cuphead – one of my personal favorites and an Xbox One console exclusive also coming to Windows 10 – and Below, Thimbleweed Park, Tacoma, Ark: Survival Evolved, We Happy Few and more, 2017 is shaping up to be an incredible year for the ID@Xbox program," writes Spencer.
Today, officially selected Xbox Insider Program members begin to get the "Beam app," which is available in preview for Xbox One.
The app provides the ability to watch, chat and interact with favorite game streamers in near real-time. Also, with Beam app, gamers can browse, search and follow favorite game streams, and earn Sparks and Experience Points (XP) while viewing.
Beam not only lets gamers broadcast or watch their favorite streams—whether that's on Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, iOS or Android, but also gives streamers and viewers the ability to interact and play along together.
"Beam app gives select Xbox Insider members the ability to watch, chat, and interact with their favorite game streamers in near real-time, just as we've done on the web. With Beam, you can interact and participate in the stream too. That's one of the features that makes Beam unique. Any stream can incorporate simple interactive features such as sound boards.
You'll also be able to browse, search and follow favorite game streams, as well as earn Sparks and Experience Points (XP) while viewing. "
"Sparks are in-app currency that can be use to interact with streamers, unlock new emotes, get XP boosters, and more." For every minute of stream watch, "gamers earn two Sparks." "Experience Points are a way to show how much you've watched streams – for every five minutes watching a stream you earn 10 XP."
Creators in the Xbox and Windows Insider Programs, can start a Beam broadcast through the Guide on Xbox One or Game Bar on Windows 10 PCs. You can start streaming on Xbox One by simply pressing one button from inside the Guide.
The ability to manage your Beam broadcasts and interact with fellow gamers on chat will appear as overlays. You can start streaming on a Windows 10 PC by pulling up Game Bar (Windows key + G).
The team streams all sorts of games and can be watched daily from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CST. We're thrilled to officially welcome them to the Beam community, and again, they're just one of many other great partners we encourage you to check out on Beam. We'll have news on more partners to share soon.
To start with Beam, make sure to link your Xbox Live/Microsoft account to Beam app, when you it for the first time on Xbox One. Once linked, a code will be provided to enter on the Beam website, that will automatically link both accounts.
Those, who don't have a Beam account, "Xbox Live Gamertag will automatically become their Beam username." For PC gamers on Windows 10, "go to account settings on Beam.pro and click 'Link to your Microsoft Account'."
Check out the step-by-step walkthrough video below for guide on how to broadcast on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs:
Xbox Insider Preview build 15038 available as on today to the Alpha ring, bringing the build number to 15038, or rs2_release_xbox_1703.170214-2312.
The main new front-facing feature is the Beam app, which will allow users to view and participate in game streams.
Here's what got fixed:
The camera can now be configured before starting a broadcast.
There are now better visual cues to notify when a broadcast is stopped or paused due to switching games.
Various improvements for audio.
Various fixes for chat display and controls in the Guide.
Stability and performance improvements.
- Resolved an issue which caused Cortana to be too responsive to phrases which sound like "Hey Cortana".
- When downloading a mandatory system update, selecting "Skip and go offline" should no longer cause the console to slowly become sluggish and unresponsive.
- Fixed an issue which caused Moderate or Strict NAT type.
- Fixed an issue which prevented the console from automatically signing in a profile with automatic sign-in enabled.
Here are the known issues:
- Some users may not receive certain types of notifications.
- After capturing a game clip, the game clip fails to automatically post to the Activity Feed (if your profile is configured to do so).
- Workaround: Manually view game clips in Profile > Captures > Manage captures and post to the Activity Feed.
Cortana may take a long time to respond when activated while playing certain games.
Scheduled Cortana reminders will not provide a notification if the user who created the reminder is signed in, but not the current active user.
Using voice dictation sometimes causes the virtual keyboard to become unresponsive.
- The EA Access app may indicate you are not an EA Access subscriber when you are. This does not affect your ability to download or play games from the Vault, or receive discounts on EA titles.
- The screen may dim after a short amount of time while viewing videos in certain apps (Hulu Plus).
Settings - Ease of Access
- When enabling the Mono output setting in Ease of Access - Audio, Settings becomes unresponsive, crashes, and fails to launch on subsequent attempts.
- Workaround: To launch Settings, perform a hard reset (hold down the button on the front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).
Settings - Display & sound
- The Audio output page is under construction and some of the new settings are not yet functional. New support is planned for Dolby Atmos for home theater, Dolby Atmos for headphones, and more in upcoming builds. An announcement will be made when these new features are ready to try out; enabling these settings now will have no effect.
- The Wireless Display app fails to launch and immediately crashes to Home.