Screen Time and new streaming service ‘Beams’ to Xbox Insiders

Dashboard and Apps News Xbox One

Xbox Insiders – the name for those previously on the dashboard preview program – should now be receiving their update, with optimisations to improve speed and an overhauled guide that gives you quicker access to the most used features of the Xbox One.

Later this week the second stage of the dashboard will be switched on with two new features that parents and streamers may be particularly interested in.

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Screen Time is a new parental setting that allows a daily time limit on game time, which is a superb addition in helping keep your little ones safe online and from playing games for too long – I can think of several parents that will appreciate this features, and several children who certainly won’t appreciate this. A similar system is already used for Windows 10.

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Twitch’s integration into the Xbox One dashboard and the store has been really successful – broadcasting is easy and the platform stable (most of the time), and while Twitch is here to stay, Microsoft is offering a new way to broadcast – Beam.

Using a new streaming protocol called FTL, the service will offer streamers more instant access to start a streaming session with less than one second delay – it sounds good, but will it entice streamers away from Twitch? Check it out later this week.

For other exciting additions coming to the Xbox One dashboard this week, check out the full list on Xbox Wire.

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