Every weekend, Windows Central livestreams an Xbox One or Steam game for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Tonight on Beam, we played Resident Evil 7, the terrifying first-person survival horror game from Capcom. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay.

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Regular Saturday Game School host Paul Acevedo was out of town at PAX South, where Capcom had a very cool Resident Evil 7 booth. Filling in for him on stream was our lovable Matt Brown. Thanks to everyone who tuned in to show your support!

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Resident Evil 7

The seventh numbered Resident Evil is a return to form for Capcom's long-running series. No longer a shooter or action game, Resident Evil 7 biohazard is a true first-person horror game. You needn't have played past Resident Evils to enjoy this one, though. The story and characters are almost entirely original, including new protagonist Ethan Winters.

Ethan lost his wife three years ago. After receiving a mysterious videotaped message, he sets out in search of her at a derelict plantation in Louisiana. There he encounters the Baker family, a disturbing group of antagonists taken straight out of a horror movie. Ethan is a civilian rather than a trained cop or soldier, so he'll truly be put to the test as he attempts to survive the adventure.

Resident Evil 7 takes place entirely in first-person, using detailed graphics brought to life by Capcom's new RE engine. It brings the horror to life using dynamic resolution, photogrammetry, and incredibly realistic lighting and shadows. No Resident Evil has ever looked better – or scarier. The weak of heart need not apply!

The Xbox One and Windows 10 versions of Resident Evil 7 are Xbox Play Anywhere titles, so buying the game digitally on either platform gets you both versions at no additional cost. PlayStation 4 and Steam versions are also available.

Watch us play and be frightened by Resident Evil 7 biohazard, and learn whether you can handle Capcom's terrifying new game. Check out Jez's full review for more details, and stay tuned for more Resident Evil 7 coverage in the weeks to come!

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The Contest

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We streamed Resident Evil 7 for ~90 minutes. During that time, we gave out a total of 6 prize codes:

  • 6 $10 Xbox gift codes (Must be redeemed from US region, can be used on Windows Store purchases)

See the winners at the end of this story.

How to watch Beam livestreams

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Future streams

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Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekend Beam programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):

  • February 4: Mega Man Legacy Collection from Capcom. Watch us play this collection of classic NES platformers and enter for a chance to win it on Xbox One and Steam (plus more prizes)!
  • February 11: Neverwinter from Perfect World Entertainment. We'll revisit this vast free to play MMO and give out more premium prizes for Xbox One and PlayStation 4!

We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.

Winners

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Capcom's Resident Evil 7 House at PAX South

These viewers are brave indeed!

  • Jonno107
  • Kufeifei
  • LightspeedHalo
  • NoTymeForGames
  • Osodog
  • zorbsie

Tonight's prizes provided by Mobile Nations. Thanks also to our stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!