Microsoft recently acquired Beam which is a live streaming platform that’s competing against the top live streaming service Twitch. What makes Beam stand out from the rest is the fact that it allows Xbox One and Windows OS users to interact with their favorite streamers, something which is entirely different from what Twitch offers. In order for Beam to surpass Twitch, Microsoft keeps rolling out major updates to the live streaming service and today Microsoft improved the overall latency of the service.
Beam users were already enjoying low latency times but now Microsoft enhanced the max bitrate to 10MBs and brought support for 60FPS streams that can render up to 2560 x 1440 resolutions. The major patch didn’t only include performance enhancements, but the user interface and homepage were updated as well. The UI now features a brand new logo design and the emoticon auto completion feature. Flash was removed and replaced with a HTML5 player that provides users with better VOD quality and browser support.
Beam is taking the streaming world by storm but it still has a long way to go until it can reach Twitch’s 100 million active user base. Nonetheless, seeing how much attention Microsoft is paying to Beam and how many major updates Microsoft is rolling out we can expect Beam’s user base to increase substantially over time. Right now, the only downside about Beam is that users can only log in through a Microsoft account or their Xbox Live handle but that might change over time. If Microsoft manages to attract popular streamers such as “imaqtipie” the streaming platform will surely bow up.