Xbox One is rolling out its biggest system overhaul yet this November, but before the major Xbox One makeover, you can have a first look if you’re on the Xbox One Preview Program.
Nowadays, everybody is all about beta testing, sneak peeks, and previews. Xbox One did not let this bandwagon effect take off without it by releasing the Preview Program, that enabled a handful of Xbox One users to see and try out its newest features before rolling out to the majority of Xbox One users. Those Xbox One users who were able to get in line for the Xbox One Preview Program could now opt-in for a look into the New Xbox One Experience, via the Major Nelson blog.
Xbox One is now starting to roll out the release of the New Xbox One Experience, first to Preview Program members who have a good history of submitting feedback. Major Nelson outlines how Microsoft is rolling out the New Xbox One Experience to Xbox One users.
“We will roll this update out over time to Preview members who opt in for it, starting with a set of Preview members who have historically submitted the most feedback. Our goal is to start with a group, get feedback on a set of features, then roll out to larger groups for additional feedback over time. It will not roll out to everyone at the same time. We’ll also be adding new features over time as we get closer to launch… If you’re a Preview member, you’ll get an invitation sent to you in an Xbox Live message… From the invitation, launch the Xbox Preview Dashboard and select the registration option… You can then opt-in by selecting ‘Preview – New Xbox One Experience.’… If you don’t want to participate in this preview update, you will continue to receive ‘regular’ Preview Program updates going forward. It will not remove you from the Xbox Preview Program altogether… Over the next several weeks, new builds will regularly roll out to those who opt in, and our engineering team will work to improve the features and fix any bugs they identify during the preview testing.”
The New Xbox One Experience, according to Microsoft Xbox’ Mike Ybarra, will bring a whole new level of speed and responsiveness, up to 50 percent faster that the original. The update will finally bring the much-awaited Xbox One backwards compatibility feature, a new Guide, a new look for the homepage, and a revamped Community section.
Before releasing the New Xbox One Experience to millions of users the world over in November, the Xbox One Preview Program aims to iron out the hitches and improve on the upcoming system through means of user-generated feedback. If you’re an Xbox One Preview member but haven’t received an invite for the testing of the New Xbox One Experience, hold onto your seats, since Microsoft will roll out the update in waves for the next couple of weeks.
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