Xbox One beta program will let you test future updates

Beginning today, Microsoft begins inviting "select" Xbox Live members to preview features before they become publicly available.

Microsoft is rolling out a new Xbox One beta program that will allow some users to test upcoming system updates and give feedback prior to their public release, the company announced today on the Xbox Wire.

The Xbox One beta program begins today. Microsoft is now inviting "select" Xbox Live members to preview the March 4 Xbox One update, which promises to fix party chat ahead of Titanfall's launch on March 11. If you're selected, you'll be notified via a message on Xbox Live.

After downloading and spending time with the new features, you are asked to provide feedback to Microsoft's research team in this private forum. A similar beta testing program was in place for the Xbox 360.

"We're counting on our fans to share their input as we're putting the final touches on the new features that we plan to deliver in early March," Microsoft said in a statement.

The February Xbox One system update rolled out last week, introducing a battery power indication, improved storage space management, and USB keyboard support, among other improvements.

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shawnjohn
shawnjohn

First I didn't know there was a war...now to see most of people that write bad reviews or talk trash about a system the don't own. You want 1080 and your tv is only good for 720. Now to trash talk a beta test. When do you play your ps4. Why would you read up on a system you don't own with no intent to ever buy so you say. Please explain? Do you even own ps4's?

kazhooulte
kazhooulte

Don't worry guys, these are just a bunch of fanboys pretending to be Xbox users haha..

This beta testing is no different than any other beta testing method.. based on some of the comments logic I see here, gamers should get paid to beta test games too..

Though it would be nice to get some kind of incentive for testing games and content.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

Beta testers required salary £0 or to put it another way F*** All ! 

themc_7
themc_7

oh joy. So I get to do your job. fun.

berserker66666
berserker66666

So if they agree to be beta testers, shouldn't they get paid for their time? I mean I can understand Microscam not investing money on actual beta testers but really, if you wanna invite players for a beta test, at least give them half as cash as an actual beta tester.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I got excited for a moment. I thought this was going to be about some kind of early access program like what Steam uses. No such luck.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Why the hell would they need a beta for such minor improvements???

Just make sure it fking works!!! And release it!!!

Feedback??? Yep, my screen shows how much battery I have left!!! Thanks!!!

Fixing party chat??? Shouldn't have been an issue in the first fking place...

Other minor improvements: elaborate...

Why a beta??? Just do your sh*t and release it...

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

It took so damn long for Microsoft to adopt this approach. -_-

Cynicism aside, better than late than never.

megakick
megakick

Too bad PS$ has no original exciting exclusive  and can't afford to buy any ATM. I guess you can't win.

I would rather play games in 720p at a 60fps than 1080p at 60fps sometimes and 18 fps other times.


Most TV 32 inches and under are 720P, it's probably why PS4 and XBOX didn't try to hard unlike PS3 and XBOX 360. The new consoles are selling at cost, much underpowered than last generation relative to the PC current technology.

kutulu1
kutulu1

Maybe they should increase the resolution of the updates to get them to work...lol

Mazam1212
Mazam1212

I am sorry it has already been tried. Does anyone remember StarCraft 2 and how successful there pre-testing system as?

If I am not mistaken Blizzard completely removed the program! O, Microsoft if you don't follow history you are doomed to repeat it. 

jay606327
jay606327

heh anyone else get their invites yet? I guess if it bricks my system I can get it back before the 11th.

DefconRave
DefconRave

what if the beta update bricks your console? ;)

NEDNERBISH
NEDNERBISH

1080p and 1 more thing. Id like to be able to at least stream 360 games too. Is that too much to ask xbox? If you want to regain market power these things you MUST do. Other than that i love my xbox1

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

I really enjoy xbox one... but to risk having issues playing games because of a rotten beta...

Lolnope.

Caanimal
Caanimal

Soooooo micro&soft is going to start using their "loyal fans" as test dummies and QA....  Wonder if they are going to pay them like they pay people to NOT give bad reviews of their system and games on their system...



*shakes head*

NEDNERBISH
NEDNERBISH

I just wanna see a 1080p tweak. That is all.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

This actually sounds like a good move.

Now at least Microsoft won't unleash another shit update on their entire Xbone user base at once.

thegamer00
thegamer00

@berserker66666 Wut this doesn't make sense.  You pay for betas and demos.  Oops someone beat me to it. 

wallacom
wallacom

@berserker66666  Do you get paid why you play beta games? No. You even sometimes pay to play a beta, so why MS will be any different?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Gelugon_baat   Actually, Microsoft has done this for quite a few years now. I was a part of the early update several times with the 360.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@megakick I love how people bring their fanboy arguments into every article they can. You'd think people would grow tired of it after awhile, but it seems that is not the case.

marcusi23
marcusi23

@megakick  what does this comment have to do with the article. you bringing this up out of nowhere clearly shows how jealous you are of the ps4 getting more attention then the X1. ps4 and x1 both have games to play just because you have a 1 track mind doesn't mean others in the world do. 

megakick
megakick

@Mazam1212 Most of them won't report anything ort be useful just playing the game taking up space.

TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

@NEDNERBISH Why would you want to stream your 360 games? Granted, I'd like to play my 360 games on it, but natively and off the disc - streaming games is just a cynical ploy to get people paying monthly rental for games that they already own.

megakick
megakick

@NEDNERBISH if it was 1080 it won't be 60 FPS and the FPS will be very unstable like PS4 games. MS needs to add task manager to shut off programs your not using to increase memory.

Biotasticmeat
Biotasticmeat

@NEDNERBISH Yeah hopefully Microsoft is able to do some hardware tweaks digitally so that 1080 can become standard for the One. I love all my Xbox games and they run great and look great IMO but 1080 would be nice.

hina_ken
hina_ken

@HowlPendragon  When did that happen?  Oh yeah, it didn't.

How about a RLOD update?  PS4 will dish it out soon, then won't be able to afford to fix it.

How about your credit card and info stolen?  That's ok, you'll swallow a free $5 game twice a month to forget it, they know that you are that naive!

rasterror
rasterror

Kind of like how So you releases updates that bricks consoles?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@PixelAddict  

Oh yeah, come to think of it... this scheme for the Xbox One isn't any different for the one for the Xbox 360.

I think that I have misread the article; I thought that this scheme for the Xbox One is a more open one than just invitation-only.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@hina_ken So that black screen update from this past week was nothing? Sure. Okay

The PS4 malfunctions are nowhere near the levels of RRoDs the 360 had, so nothing there as well, good job.

My credit card was just fine along with the rest of the 99.9999% of people who didn't have their info stolen.


Try harder moron.

hystavito
hystavito

@rasterror  I wonder if the agreement says that they are not required to compensate you in the event your console bricks :).  Actually it probably does say that, just to cover their butts, but of course they would replace the console if it happened, hopefully :).

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@rasterror  You're right.

MS releasing a shit update on a shit console is much less disappointing.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Gelugon_baat  Yeah, all of the tech companies use these "schemes" to get a fair representation of how new updates will actually affect a diverse set of users across multiple regions with varied service providers, etc.

TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

@HowlPendragon @hina_kenIt was nothing - happened once, never again. It certainly doesn't KEEP happening (like the various ways they seem to find in making your friends list mess things up on PS4). If Sony actually tried something similar with their updates, you wouldn't already be 6 updates down in less than three months.

rasterror
rasterror

@hystavito @rasterror When I was one beta program it unfortunately did brick my console. Within 10 days of reporting it not only did I get a replacement for free it was the newer model with an HDD included, a year of Live, and $100 in points to spend. I say it wasn't all too bad.