Microsoft rolls out Arena and more new Xbox One features to Preview members

Xbox One S and Xbox wireless controller
Xbox One S and Xbox wireless controller (Image credit: Windows Central)

Microsoft is rolling out a number of new features for its Xbox One console to members of the Xbox Preview program. They include the new Arena tournament features, along with Achievement Rarity, and more features and improvements.


By far, the biggest new feature rolling out to Xbox Preview users is Arena. which Microsoft first announced at E3 in June and will allow Xbox One owners to create and manage their own online tournaments. Here's the breakdown (opens in new tab) of what Preview members can expect:

Beginning today, Arena launches to Preview on Xbox One with the pilot title and legendary fighting game, Killer Instinct. During Preview, you can look forward to competing in daily Killer Instinct tournaments across Xbox One and the Xbox app (beta) on Windows 10 PC. For the initial roll out, Arena will only be accessible to Preview members through practice tournaments on Xbox One in the U.S., with plans to add additional features and expand to the broader Preview audience later in To start competing, all you have to do is register on the Tournament tab in the Killer Instinct Game Hub. We're really excited about the potential of Arena and eager to hear your thoughts as we evolve it and make eSports more accessible for gamers everywhere, regardless of skill-level.

Microsoft is adding new Looking For Group improvements for Preview members today as well:

Starting today, you will be able to create LFG posts for future gaming sessions – up to seven days in advance! Additionally, based on your feedback, you can now create LFG posts directly in a Club and control who sees them: just members of the Club or everyone on Xbox Live. When creating LFG posts, you can also note what language the party will be speaking and filter your LFG searches based on the language.

Last week, Microsoft added Group Messaging to Xbox Preview members, and it also included the Achievement Rarity feature:

Now, you'll be able to discover just how unique an Achievement is among players of a given game and celebrate the Achievement itself with a special notification and diamond icon highlighting it. Unlock one today and let us know how you like the new animation!

All of these new additions will be rolled out for all Xbox One owners in the near future.

  • Thumb twitchers rejoice!
  • So I'm in the preview and have the latest update, but still no sign of Clubs or LFG. Is this normal?
  • Your like me, a very small percentage of people they kept on 1608 and haven't moved us to the 1610 update.
  • All Preview Builds are "rolled out".  Microsoft typically "rolls out" sooner to the Preview Members who give the most Feedback in the "Preview App" on Xbox One.     You know those little "quests" for 5 or so "points"?   ... Those points matter.   You don't even need to "DO" the quest, just accept the quest, confirm it, and then give feedback 1-5 stars on different questions.  Do those quests more often, usually after these updates they offer new quests. I'm almost at 1,000 points, and I usually get these Preview Updates in the first rollout. Basically Microsoft wants gamers to give feedback, and reward those who do with the earlier "rollouts".   Be aware, those who get these updates sooner, we run into the most problems and bugs.  But we also get the coolest features first.
  • "You don't even need to 'DO' the quest, just accept the quest, confirm it, and then give feedback 1-5 stars on different questions." Not only does that entirely defeat the purpose of the preview program, but it actively sabotages it. If you haven't legitimately done a quest, don't adulterate the results by fabricating feedback. Geez.
  • "Don't adulterate the result by fabricating feedback" Exactly!! WTF is this not common sense to people?
  • Can't wait for the public rollout!
  • To bad I can't enjoy this even though I've been a preview participant from the start. They have kept me on 1608 for a month now :(
  •  got an update today, wonder if this is it... had the clubs for awhile ... ver 14393.2081 / rs1_xbox_rel_1610.160929-1900
  • Does anyone have idea when full update will arrive? The groups, clubs, arena full not preview.