Beam, Home and Guide Updates and More Arrive on Xbox One

The big new additions include streaming via Microsoft's own Twitch competitor Beam, as well as a brand new Xbox user experience made up of a new design for Guide, improvements to Home and more. A press release issued by Microsoft says that it includes a new Home screen, improved Guide menu, the Beam streaming option, enhanced multitasking and deeper Cortana integration. Although only now available for Xbox Insider members, when released to all users it will allow them easy access to watch, chat, and interact with their favourite streamers. Users will find their home screen optimized for speed and prioritizing the most valuable content for your games.

Those gamers without a custom background will now see the hero art from the game they're currently playing behind the dashboard.

Pushing the Xbox button on the controller brings up the new Guide on the left-hand side of the screen.

The Xbox button on the controller now pulls up an improved Guide.

"If you do not have a custom background set, you'll see that the updated Home also spotlights the game you're now playing by featuring hero art as your Xbox background".

"The first page of the Guide is created to get you to the content you care about most", Microsoft wrote in an Xbox Wire blog post on Wednesday. A new achievement tracker will be active based on the game being played and allows users to select and follow multiple achievements in an overlay, all while playing a game.

Chief amongst them is giving players the ability to stream to Microsoft's streaming service straight from the guide. You'll also find the new Beam viewing app in My Games and Apps, which lets you watch, chat, and interact with your favorite game streamers in near real-time. Just like it did with the Anniversary Update rollout a year ago, Microsoft is kicking off the global rollout of the Creators Update with the Xbox One, while PC users will receive the news bits starting April 11.

For more information around these new features, head on over to the Xbox Wire.

This is a pretty big one for Xbox One owners.

Limits can be set by a parent account at microsoft.com/family, via "Screen time". Additionally, while the Blu-ray player on Xbox One now supports bitstream passthrough, all bitstream formats like Dolby Atmos will be enabled next week.

  • Fernando Stephens