Over the weekend, Xbox announced that the tech giant’s favorite console was shifting its latest Insider Alpha build over to Beta. One of the major additions in the upcoming Creators Update for Xbox includes Beam, the in-game streaming service. After only a couple of days of the Beta build being released, Head of Xbox Mike Ybarra shared that over 200k members of the program have already updated.
Beam broadcasting now going out to over 200,000 Insiders on Xbox. Get your beam on! #Xbox
— Mike Ybarra (@Qwik) February 26, 2017
The tweet not only promotes Beam, but gives us a bit of insight into how many users are on the Alpha/Beta Xbox Insider rings.
As for Beam, Microsoft has been very vocal about it recently as we near the expected full release in April. With Beam, players will be able to simply click a broadcast icon to share their game, chat with viewers, and manage the stream seamlessly in their Xbox experience.
To keep in par with the full feature parity that the company is striving for across devices, Beam will also be available for Windows 10. In fact, it is already available for the Windows 10 Insider Preview in the Fast ring.
According to the changelog, not much else was added into the build besides the new network icon and general fixes. If you’d like to get your hands on the features of Beam and the rest of the beta for Xbox One, you can become an Xbox Insider Program member by downloading the Xbox Insider Hub. Once it is finished, you’ll be able to select the preview build you want.
Let us know what you think of Beam through Xbox One! Will it be a feature that you use often? Leave us a comment below or tweet us @OnMSFT to share your experience.