Microsoft has released information about what gamers can expect with the Creators Update arriving for Windows 10 PCs and the Xbox One starting next week, with more to come in next months.
“2017 is going to be a monumental year for gaming—whether you play on Xbox One, a Windows 10 PC, mobile phone, or anywhere you sign-in with Xbox Live, we’re going to make your gaming experiences easier, more social, and better with innovative hardware and software features throughout the year,” says writes Mike Ybarra.
The update which will be releasing as a part of the Creators Update, will bring Beam, gamer-created tournaments, and other requested features are categorized into four key themes: Streaming, Performance, People, and Competition.
In addition, the performance improvements to PC games through the all new Windows Game Mode will also be made.
Beam will connect to an Xbox Live account, making it easier to instantly stream games to Beam and Xbox Live with no extra software needed. By pressing Windows + G on a Windows 10 PC, will bring up Game bar, then click the broadcast button to start streaming. While on Xbox One, from inside the Guide just press a button will start streaming.
“Game Mode” in Creators Update will introduce performance enhancements as well as visual elements, The Game Mode will be availabe next week to Windows Insiders and will be fully operational shortly thereafter.
Also, an update to Xbox One will pull up newly enhanced Guide as an overlay on the left side of the screen with just pressing a Xbox button. In addition, popular multitasking features are rebuilded for speed and ease of access—for example, “GameDVR clips recording, adjusting recording length, and accessiing captures” can be done directly in the Guide.
Additionally, “new Achievement tracking overlay, Gamerscore Leaderboard, new Cortana design, and controls for background music,” will be easier to use.
Improvements to Xbox Live will provide better ways to find, stay in touch, and share with your gaming friends with Activity Feed. Also, improvements such as “better moderator tools for Clubs and ability to share Looking For Group (LFG) posts in your feed,” are added. Also, seeking out players for any game on Xbox and Windows 10, and join communities of gamers will be easier.
Arena on Xbox Live will be getting new tournaments including professional tournament like ESL and FACEIT. Also, creating own tournaments with more supported titles is coming over time starting with “World of Tanks” and “Killer Instinct.”
Once you create a tournament, you can then invite your cloud friends and members to see and join. The tournament results will be automatically recorded when it ends, so you can share them on Xbox Live and across your social networks.
Microsoft providing xeven more choice to fans so they can game the way they want, introduces two more color options for the Xbox Wireless Controller. These controllers are compatible for gaming on Xbox One, Xbox One S and Windows 10 PCs and tablets.
First , the new “Red” with a two-tone matte red finish with gloss highlights on the triggers, bumpers and D-pad, as well as behind the thumbsticks.
While the second, Green/Orange accents controller comes with a green matte finish and gloss highlights on the triggers, bumpers and D-pad, as well as orange accents behind the thumbsticks.
Both the controllers are available in the U.S., at Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com and GameStop, for $64.99 USD. The controllers are also shipping to select retailers worldwide.
Additionally, other Xbox Wireless Controller including textured grip, improved wireless range and Bluetooth technology for Windows 10 devices are included as well. Also, custom button mapping feature through the Xbox Accessories App, is available for download from the Xbox Store or Windows Store.