Beam is an innovative and interactive livestreaming service that gives viewers the ability to watch and deeply interact with their favorite game streamers in real-time. On Beam, streams have under one second of delay; using their brand new streaming protocol dubbed “FTL”, you can interact with livestreams as if you were in the same room as the caster. Also, any stream can incorporate simple interactive features such as sound boards. With Creators Update, Microsoft is bringing native integration of Beam in Xbox One and Windows 10. Microsoft today enabled this Beam feature for Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Ring.
To get started broadcasting with Beam on Xbox One, complete the “Beam Me Up!” Quest in the Xbox Insider Hub, or perform the steps below.
- Navigate to https://beam.pro in your browser, and select the Windows icon next to REGISTER to sign in with your Microsoft account (this will create a Beam account and link it to your Gamertag).
- On your Xbox One, launch a game.
- While the game is running, launch the Guide and navigate to the Broadcast tab (located above the Settings tab).
- Select “Broadcast your game”.
- Accept the Terms of Service, and you will be directed to the Broadcast Controls page. From here you can configure numerous settings, including microphone, camera, camera position, and chat. You can also change the title of your broadcast.
- Once you’ve configured your broadcast, select “Start broadcast” to broadcast to Beam. You can verify your broadcast is live by navigating to the web address on the Broadcast tab in the Guide (ie. beam.pro/BroHammersley).
You need not download any new build to try out Beam on Xbox, it was shipped as part of build 1703.170206-2328 which Microsoft released yesterday. They have now enabled this feature for all the Alpha users. Read about the known issues related to Beam below,
- Turning on the Camera before starting a broadcast may cause the broadcast to fail and need to be restarted.
- In your live broadcast on https://beam.pro, you may sometimes encounter static followed by an error when stopping and starting your broadcast Workaround: Reload the web page.
- Sometimes selecting Accept on the Terms and Conditions can take a long time.
- Pausing and resuming a broadcast sometimes causes the audio and video to become out of sync.
- Sometimes opening and closing the Broadcast tab in the Guide can cause an error.
- Workaround: Hard reset the console (hold down the power button on the front of the console for 5 seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).
- You may be unable to broadcast certain games.