Henceforth, you must earn your way towards faster Xbox Insider builds
Microsoft is revamping the way the Xbox Insider Program works.
Moving forward, players will have to earn the right to participate in more rapid release rings, posting user feedback, doing surveys, and more. You will not be able to opt-in at will, as you can on the Windows Insider Program. Instead, access will be granted based on points accumulated for participation.
As detailed on the Xbox Insider Forums (opens in new tab), the new Xbox Insider Program will have four rings, similar to the Fast, Slow, and Release Preview rings available for Windows Insiders. The Alpha ring is most similar to the Fast ring, with users receiving 2-3 system updates per week, with higher chances of bugs as a result. This goes all the way to Preview Ring 4, which only receives the most stable builds once per month.
- Xbox One Update Preview Alpha – The first Preview ring, this group typically receives 2-3 new system updates per week during a Preview Update wave. Preview Alpha is the cutting edge, and users in this group receive access to new features and fixes as soon as possible at the expense of potential bugs.
- Xbox One Update Preview Beta – The second Preview ring, this group typically receives 1-2 new system updates per week during a Preview Update wave. Preview Beta users receive frequent system updates and early access to new features and fixes, with somewhat less risk of encountering bugs.
- Xbox One Update Preview Ring 3 – The third Preview ring, this group typically receives 2-3 new system updates per month during a Preview Update wave. Preview Ring 3 users receive infrequent system updates, and is suited for users who want early access to new features and fixes with less risk of encountering bugs.
- Xbox One Update Preview Ring 4 – The fourth and final Preview ring, this group typically receives new system updates about once per month. Preview Ring 4 users receive system updates which are almost ready for public release, and thus receive the fewest system updates and are least likely to encounter bugs. In some cases, Preview Ring 4 users may also receive updated versions of the current publicly released build incorporating new fixes.
Existing Xbox Insiders will be moved over to the different rings in the coming weeks based on their participation. You can raise your score by leaving feedback, reports, surveys, and doing polls available inside the Xbox Insider Hub. You can even lose access to the more advanced rings if your activity drops, so you better keep that feedback flowing.
Microsoft just launched a new build bringing a revamped dashboard, a new Guide menu, new Cortana features and much more. Head over here for more information on that.
What do you think of the new Xbox Insider Program system? Let us know in the comments.
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Good luck with that.
You stick with your job, I'll carry on with my career.
Getting feedback isn't easy and for this testing to be useful at all, they need to encourage participation. I really don't see the problem with rewarding people that actually participate. MS can't pay people, so this is the next best thing, more access. If you don't put in feedback, then your not doing any testing, so your not really giving MS a fair shake. Taking some surveys and doing some guided tests is not too much to ask Imo.
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Ok, so it's a "scam". So what? Why are you so irrationally angry about this?
But someone like me who enjoys multiple builds a week and detailing problem reports, let me do it and have fun.
I wish the community could just say thanks but that part isn't for me, rather than, because it isn't for them tearing down the idea entirely.
This newly tiered program gives people more places to fit in if they want as an insider. Thank you.
1. It was seen to be causing too many performance issues with games, apps and even the dashboard itself.
2. The next iteration of OneCore doesn't support it.