Xbox One Gets Its Own Stream­ing Ser­vice and Free to Play WWE 2K17


Microsoft has announced a major update to Xbox One which has several upgrades including one which enables gamers to broadcast their gaming sessions with others using the company’s own streaming service called Beam Streaming.

Amazon-owned Twitch is the go-to streaming service for millions of gamers worldwide and Microsoft’s new in-house broadcasting service might give the former a run for its money.

Apart from the Beam Streaming service, Microsoft has also revamped the Home window user interface for Xbox One console, the Guide, new multitasking options, setting up screen time limit and much more in this new update.

“One major goal for this release is to make streaming your Xbox gameplay even easier. And by updating the navigation of the Xbox console through the new Guide, we’re aiming to put the features and experiences you love the most right at your fingertips,” Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering for Xbox, stated.

This won’t come as a surprise to gamers as Microsoft had earlier this year announced that they’ll be launching their own streaming service and performing some upgrades to the UI, including features requested by users.

The Beam Streaming will be coming to PC users a little later on April 11 alongwith the Windows Creators update.

WWE 2K17 Free to Play for Xbox One this Weekend


In addition to all these updates, Microsoft also announced that WWE 2k17 will feature in the Xbox Live Gold’s free play days — which has previously also featured games like NBA 2k17 and Rocket League — meaning you can play WWE 2k17 all you want this weekend.

The game is already showcasing in the Gold members Xbox One market as free to play and will remain so until midnight April 3 (PST).

“All Gold members in Xbox One markets will get a special opportunity to get into the ring. Draft your Xbox Live friends and get ready to fight because fighting is always better with a friend,” Mile Nelson, Xbox Wire Editor wrote on their blog.

All the achievements and your game score during the free to play period will be saved and carried on if you plan to buy the game which is being offered at a 50% discount for $30.

Last week Microsoft had announced an array of service that will grace your Xbox one soon, check them out here. Read about the updated features in detail here.

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