Microsoft Opens Up the Xbox Insider Program to More Gamers

Posted by at 10:18 am on August 11, 2017

Xbox One’s Insider Program–the scheme that allows players to test system updates ahead of their full release–is now open to all, Microsoft has announced. Until now, only select Xbox Live members have been able to take part in the program, but now anyone can sign up and take advantage of early updates.

In a blog post, Microsoft explained it’s “simplifying entry” into the program, which also grants occasional early access to upcoming Xbox titles. In addition, you can now choose to move between the program’s four tiers, provided you attain enough Insider XP.

Some of those four tiers have been renamed–here’s what they’re now called and a description of each, via Microsoft:

Known previously as Ring 4, the new Omega ring is the default for anyone signing up to the Xbox Insider program. It will allow participants to get a preview of a new dashboard update just before it’s available broadly (like before), but if enough feedback (known as XP levels) is provided then testers will be able to progress to the Delta ring. The new Delta ring will receive builds earlier, and if enough feedback is provided (and three months of activity) then the Beta ring will be free to join.

Microsoft is also working with game studios to provide playtests of unreleased games for Xbox Insiders. Sea of Thieves has been tested through this method, and Paladins will be available in the spring for all Xbox Insiders with an XP level of 10 or higher.

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