Xbox Insiders on Alpha Ring can now stream to Beam

Microsoft yesterday released Build 1703.170206-2328 for the Xbox One Alpha Ring Insiders. The Xbox Insider program started just a few weeks ago, but already incorporates many of the features from the upcoming Creators Update.

That’s needed, of course, since these features need to be tested, and that’s what Insiders do.

Beam Stream

Whilst Build 1703.170206-2328 added the native Beam streaming feature; it wasn’t enabled for all. Today, the Xbox team enabled it.

Beam streaming was added and enabled for the Windows Insiders with Build 15019 on the Fast Ring just two weeks ago.

If you are one of the few on Insider Alpha Ring, you may need to hard reset your Xbox One before you can start streaming. That’s easy to do: hold the power button in front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then, turn it back on.

Once done through that tedious step, here’s how to get streaming:

  • Get on your phone or a PC and go to in the web browser of your choice.
  • Sign up for an account by clicking on the Windows icon next to the Register option. This will link your Beam account with your Xbox Gamertag.
  • Get back on the Xbox One, and launch a game.
  • While in a game, open the Guide and browse to the Broadcast tab. It should be above the Settings tab.
  • Select the “Broadcast your game” option.
  • You must accept the terms of service to proceed any further. Once done, you can configure the stream settings – microphone, camera, camera position, chat, the broadcast title, and all that fluff.
  • Finally, select the “Start broadcast” option and verify that it is live by opening the address on the Broadcast tab in Guide. It should look something like “”

That wasn’t too hard for a first-time setup. You may also complete the “Beam me Up!” quest in the Xbox Insider Hub while doing this.

Known Issues

As always, there are a few known issues for the Alpha Ring Insiders to deal with. Here’s a list of what is known:

  • The stream might fail to start for certain games.
  • Selecting accept on the terms and conditions page might take a long time to process.
  • Turning the camera on before starting a broadcast may cause the broadcast to fail.
  • Pausing and then resuming a broadcast may sometimes cause the audio and video to go out of sync.
  • Opening and closing the Broadcast tab in Guide might cause an error. If it happens consistently, try hard resetting the console once again.
  • Turning on the Camera before starting a broadcast may cause the broadcast to fail and need to be restarted.

That’s all there is to it. If you encounter any more issues, do report them via the Xbox Insider Hub.

You may also follow the thread at Reddit or the official Xbox forums.

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