- Offline Channel images allow you to set a custom image when their channel is offline rather than the normal Beam blue screen.
- FTL Transcodes Beta is one of the big things that Beam has over its rivals. The speed of the FTL transcodes means there isn’t that weird delay between someone typing something in chat and the streamer reacting to it. Beam has used this for a while but what you couldn’t do is select your broadcast quality and use FTL. That means if your connection couldn’t handle the higher rates, you had to deal with the delay. Now, you can set your quality level and still use FTL. Best of both worlds.
- The new Mobile Experience brings a more streamlined experience to iOS and Android apps while Windows Phone 10 users get the same features from the app all through the mobile website.
- The Xbox One will now get Toast notifications. That means when your favourite followed streamers go live, you’ll get the pop-up notification on your Xbox One that the broadcast has started.
Interactive 2.0 is an update in itself and adds a whole range of new features including:
- Per-User Control Events – See who pushed a button enabling more engaging more personal interactivity.
- Dynamic Controls – Create new buttons and interactive elements on the fly from your game without needing to visit the Interactive Studio (Platform & Typescript SDK)
- Malleable Controls – Change the text, spark cost and cooldown controls on the fly to spice up the gameplay during a session.
- Spark Transactions – Confirm actions, before deducting sparks. (Platform & Typescript SDK)
- Groups – Group your players into Teams or collections to provide different controls to different sets of users.
- Snazzy new control editor renamed to our Interactive Studio.
- A set of tools and processes to support you in authoring next generation interactive experience.
- Everything from initial creation to publishing is carefully crafted and delivered to help you in making the best possible Interactive experience.
- JSON Based Protocol – A human readable format that is easy to debug.
Beam.pro has grown steadily since Microsoft bought the service and keeps rivals like Twitch pushing new features to their own service.
— Beam (@Beam) May 5, 2017