Microsoft held their press con­fer­ence at GDC, drop­ping a lot of infor­ma­tion about some new fea­tures and changes to some old ones.

Chris Char­la, Direc­tor of ID @Xbox shared some new details about Game Pass, Beam, xbox devel­op­er pro­gram and a bunch more stuff. Here is a quick round up of today’s announce­ments.

Xbox Live Creators Program

Xbox is kick­ing off things this year by announc­ing the Xbox Live Cre­ators Pro­gram, which empow­ers any­one to rapid­ly pub­lish Xbox Live-enabled games on Xbox One and Win­dows 10 PCs, in a total­ly open way. With the Cre­ators Pro­gram, any­one can inte­grate Xbox Live sign-in, pres­ence, and social fea­tures into their UWP games, then pub­lish their game to Xbox One and Win­dows 10. This means their title can see expo­sure to every Xbox One own­er across the Xbox One fam­i­ly of devices, includ­ing Project Scor­pio this hol­i­day, as well as hun­dreds of mil­lions of Win­dows 10 PCs, and mil­lions of folks using the Xbox app on mobile plat­forms”

Microsoft says the Xbox Live Cre­ators Pro­gram will make devel­op­ing and launch­ing qual­i­ty games across the entire Xbox prod­uct line includ­ing the upcom­ing Project Scor­pio as well as win­dows 10 devices.

Devel­op­ers and Hob­by­ist alike can go here to down­load and start using the Xbox Live Cre­ators SDK.

 

Microsoft Announces Game Pass, Beam And More

Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a new gam­ing sub­scrip­tion ser­vice that gives you unlim­it­ed access to more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 back­ward com­pat­i­ble games on Xbox One – all for $9.99 USD per month. With great games from top indus­try pub­lish­ers such as 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Enter­tain­ment, Cap­com, Code­mas­ters, Deep Sil­ver, Focus Home Inter­ac­tive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warn­er Bros. Inter­ac­tive Enter­tain­ment, Microsoft Stu­dios, and more”

Xbox Game Pass sounds great in the­o­ry, It all hangs on the actu­al games they are able to pro­vide. One good not for sure is that the games will be down­loaded to your Xbox so you wont have to deal with any con­nec­tiv­i­ty issues or lag in sin­gle play­er games, or added lag in mul­ti­play­er, Those are both issues I expe­ri­enced when I tried Sony’s PS Now while using a ded­i­cat­ed 100 down 50 up con­nec­tion and the rea­son why I will not rec­om­mend it to any­one.

 

Microsoft Announces Game Pass, Beam And More

Beam

Beam is awe­some. It’s fast, low-laten­cy, inter­ac­tive game broad­cast­ing and it’s chang­ing the way peo­ple can play, watch, and par­tic­i­pate. In a world where the amount of peo­ple watch­ing game streams rivals the audi­ence of many prime-time TV net­works, Xbox is mak­ing it eas­i­er and quick­er to stream than ever before. We’re mak­ing Beam a fea­ture of Xbox One and Win­dows 10, mean­ing any­one can be a game broad­cast­er with no extra soft­ware required.”

Beam is some­thing that real­ly inter­est me, I am excit­ed to see how it works and is imple­ment­ed. It would be great to be able to use it when I live stream. Tomor­row Microsoft will be hold a Beam spe­cif­ic con­fer­ence so we will find out more tomor­row.

Microsoft Announces Game Pass, Beam And More

Windows 10 Game Mode

Anoth­er new PC gam­ing fea­ture we’ve seen lots of excite­ment around is Win­dows Game Mode. Last year, we set out to make Win­dows 10 the best Win­dows ever for gam­ing. With Game Mode, we’re tak­ing a step for­ward to make the gam­ing expe­ri­ence on Win­dows even bet­ter.”

Win­dows game mode is sup­posed to opti­mize your PC to play games by dis­abling process­es that are not need­ed while play­ing a game, I don’t play my games on PC so I cant tell you if this actu­al­ly works or not.

 

That’s the round up, if you want full details check out Microsoft­’s page. Are you look­ing for­ward to any of these upcom­ing fea­tures?