The Windows 10 update for the Xbox One will be opt-in for Preview members

If you are a member of the Xbox One's preview program, you will soon have the choice of whether or not to get early versions of the upcoming Windows 10 dashboard update. Microsoft has decided to make this particular update as an option for preview members.

In a blog post, Microsoft stated:

  • We will roll this update out over time to Preview members who opt in for it. We'll start with a set of Preview members who have historically submitted the most feedback - it will not roll out to everyone at the same time. Our goal is to start with a group, get feedback, then roll out to larger groups for additional feedback over time.
  • If you're a member of the Xbox One Preview Program, you will 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 choose not to participate in this update (you just leave your registration as preview), you will continue to receive "regular" Preview Program updates going forward. This will not remove you from the Xbox Preview Program.
  • New builds will regularly roll out over a period of several weeks to those who opt in, and our engineering team will work to improve the features and fix any bugs they identify throughout the preview testing.

Microsoft has previously stated the first Windows 10 updates would be sent out to Xbox One preview members sometime in September. The final release of the update for all Xbox One owners is scheduled for November. It will include a new user interface for the Home menu, a new community section and support for playing a large number of older Xbox 360 games via backwards compatibility.

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105 Comments
  • Nice! I dont have xbox though. But its very nice that im curious how it looks on it.
  • The best part :"the New Xbox One Experience will get you to popular gaming features up to 50 percent faster."
  • Waiting for that message invite from Microsoft to accept can't come soon enough. Woo woo woo
  • That's only if you're booting on from a dead start, and most Americans I know do not use energy saver so I think it doesn't matter.
  • What do you mean?
  • I think you are mixing up the new dashboard with the new hybrid drive Xbox One. That gets you up to the home screen quicker.
  • The new drive was only 20% faster. MS did say the new UI would be 50% quicker than its predecessor. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Exactly, I was taking about the Win10 update for Xbox One, nothing about "boot time".
  • That's awesome. I actually hope it moves you throughout the UI much faster as well. Using the controller is fine but it feels clunky. I'm not sure how to quantify it, but it just feels slow currently.
  • It feels slow because it is slow. Some days are better than others though...Overall the dash experience for me has been hit or miss depending on the monthly update. This last one slowed me down immensely. Tiles are slow to update, button presses react slow, app transition screens are slow, apps are slow to open...etc...etc. The Win10 update is much needed for X1 IMHO.
  • Nice as in It's looking so good that you're curious about the end result? Or the fact that you are curious about it is what you find so nice?
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    Read what you wrote again LOL
  • :) :) I want this :D  "Hey Cortana" !!
  • Well I'd love to get an invite, excited for the new experience!
  • They already slowed down the number of invites to the preview program. Might be a tough ask right now!
  • I can confirm this. I got referred by a preview member nearly two months ago and have not received an invite to the program.
  • I would think something may have gone wrong. I've been a member for just under that amount of time. Maybe weeks or so? It seems like it was only recently that they announced they would slow down the invites.
  • The invite success is very low, around 1% at best.
  • What's your gamertag I can send invites. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Can you invite me?  MDRam
  • I've added you. You will get a message from Microsoft with an invite Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • oh can you send me one? tag: LSE I've been trying forever to get in and it angers me as I was a 360 tester but missed the XB1 cutoff date.
  • Lol I'm in the program and don't have a Xbox one but I got the some friends Xboxes running the previews
  • YOU'RE the reason we can't have nice things.
  • If you can send one to me I'd love it:  DuckyDan
  • Hey, can you send me one as well? Gt: CsomaZoli
  • Gamertag: OvershotGull276
  • If possible, please send me an invite. Tag: d3ger86.
  • I doubt you will, no means to jump on the waggon but I'd appreciate if you could send me one please. If not I'll be cool to wait. GT: TheGrayChapter5
  • Invited you. You will get a message from Microsoft Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I've added you on Xbox. (Tony the noob) I've sent an invite. Microsoft will message you on Xbox with the invite Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'd love an invite! Thank you Gamertag: WiteCastle112
  • I've added you. A message will be sent from Microsoft on xbox Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Would you send me an invite please? Gt: MindnightMeep
  • Hi, can you send me an invite? GT: RoyalGuru
  • Please invite me Nadomas24 Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Just added you. Sent an invite to the program Microsoft will message you Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Bigd169 Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Would you please invite me? My GT: Normmen Thank you        
  • Added you. You will get a message from Microsoft on xbox Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Tony you have been very generous to the WPCentral communit by inviting people. can you add me, acornhappiness ? thank you in advance   
  • Sure. Will add you shortly and then invite you. You will get a message from Microsoft Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • mJs916 is my gamertag. Anyone that can invite, please consider, everyone else add me! I'll request as many of you as I can. I'm not on all the time but it'd be nice to build a little community. As long as you aren't assholes, otherwise don't add...
  • Will add you now. Then I'll invite you to the program microsoft will message you Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Currently the Xbox One interface has too many wasted and costly animations. I hope this removes that.
  • Its always the first thing I disable on Windows7/8/10 and I wish I could on my Xbox too.
  • I want it so bad ;)
  • May pass on this one. We rely a little too heavily on the Xbox One to play with Windows 10 builds for now.
  • You have no choice its going to be available for everyone in november Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Sure but in November it will (theoretically) be bug-free. I'd expect there will be some rough edges in the initial previews.
  • Microsoft and bug free ? LOL :)
  • A few months ago they had a survey and it asked if you would join previews that may mean you couldn't join others, I declined it. So perhaps I missed out.
  • hopefully 1st rollout includes units that historically have had bugs that they chose to ignore for 6 months aswell since it could take another six months to fix Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on WM10
  • Bugs such as?
  • I want it more than all!!
  • GIVE IT
  • I want to, but I don't think I will.for a little bit. Too much content coming out soon. (come on work day, want to play Forza now!)
  • Would you be so kind to invite me to the program? I have been giving feedback for a lot of stuff so I think maybe I got a chance to get accepted. Gamertag: Tortuous Splash Much appreciated!
  • Just send out the update I've been waiting patiently and my patience are wearing thin come on now! I think everyone wants this! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I don't know about other users, but I don't like the new UI, or at least what we've seen so far of it. The tiles, the cool-looking things that unify all versions of Windows 10.... have pretty much gone. I really like the tiles on the dashboard now, it works well and looks much nicer - the screen isn't half-empty with large areas of empty space. Empty space can be good, yes, but sometimes it isn't depending on what is done with it. I also get that Xbox One needs an overhaul to put it in line with W10, but this seems to be the wrong direction in the process of Windows-10-ification. It just doesn't feel like Xbox to me. Just a personal preference of course. I would be really happy if the new dashboard is completely different to this and incorporates tiles again with a better, slicker layout.  
  • I agree. The new UI looks atrocious. The original UI is great: pins accessible to the left + very natural and efficient gesture navigation with Kinect. The new UI doesn't look like it's conducive to customization (pins are buried) or Kinect navigation.
  • Pins are one button press away as of the preview we saw at Gamescom. I wouldn't call it buried. Tiles don't do anything on Xbox One though, do they? They're just big icons.
  • Hidden UI content never works. Windows 8 demonstrated that pretty succinctly.
    If it becomes more difficult to do a given thing, then it isn't progress.
  • Unless you're Apple. In which case, you just call it "force touch" and it's an amazing thing that brings world peace and ends hunger.
  • It's just quick access to a game or app. No need going into games and apps.
  • I don't use buttons. I use Kinect. Most days, I don't even turn on a controller, even though I use my Xbox One every day. Currently, it's super easy to navigate to my pins: raise my hand, clench it, move it left or right to scroll horizontally. Tiles do something on Xbox One: they provide a big target to select something when using Kinect for gesture navigation. They're easy to push and it works well. Take away the tiles and gesture navigation becomes a nightmare.
  • I tend to agree that I am not sold on what I have seen of the new UI so far. I hate the the pinned tiles are buried as well.   However since I have not tried it myself I am waiting before a more informed judgement.
  • I completely agree. I don't like the new UI at all. It focus on all the wrong things as far as I'm concerned.
    Richard has tried several times to tone down how bad it is based on what he's seen but I'm still not convinced. To me there's a major problem: it's a gaming console. My games library should be the first thing I see when I turn the console on.
    The current UI isn't perfect but it's far better than this new one we're being shown. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • yeah at this point id be happy to go back to the blade system we had during the xb - 360 era just with the w10 skinning Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on WM10
  • I miss that.
  • Opt in - check!
  • ALL MY HYPE!
  • I love how they always add "for free" at the end whenever they're stating something about upgrading to Windows 10. Just for control. "Coming November 2015 for free"
    "Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10 for free" Lol
  • Small group umm that sounds like a lot of bugs and crashed Xbox.. Will be in my prayers all that's folks who gonna lose his Xbox
  • What The F***!!!!
    I'd LOVE to be all-in that but my X1 kust turned down the day before (it's just showing the green Xbox Splashscreen and that's it). And now i have so send it to repair which will take two to four weeks. I hope the Option will stay until i got my precious One back!!!
  • Still haven't bit the bullet and got an Xbox one. Still catching up on so many games on my 360. Many of which haven't been announced for backwards compatibility yet. Maybe I'll hold off until the holidays, get some good deals.
  • Woot can't wait for the invite
  • how to get in.
  • I'll be opting in for sure.
  • I really hope they don't screw the pooch on this, but the current team running Windows doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.
  • If you'd said the team running WP I'd totally agree, but the windows team is doing a great job.
  • Maybe it's too late to start submitting a ton of feedback and get bumped up on the list.. :D
  • I think their decesion to only start with people who gave the most feedback is idiotic. I've given plenty of feedback on the preview program, but did I give enough? Who knows. I mean you are making it opt-in so anyone on the feedback program should be able to use it.
  • But then if theirs people who didn't submit much if any at all why should they get it early? Especially since their the first to cry when their Xbox breaks
  • They should get it because they are on the preview program. Period. That is why people signed up for it. They signed up to get early updates.
  • I agree to this as well. I've not had many problems with many of the preview updates, but have submitted feedback when I felt it required it. The fact I may have to wait to opt in, because I didn't give 'enough' feedback is ridiculous. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Rubbish.  The ONLY reason for a preview program is to have the community assist with finding bugs and providing feedback to the developer. They didn't create the program just for fun, they did it so people could HELP, and if you aren't prepared to help despite being in the program then screw you, you SHOULDN'T get special treatment.
  • Apprently, you don't know how a preview program works. You sign up to get previews of the upcoming software. NOT to be punished for not providing enough feedback. That is the "SCREW YOU" that we are getting. It isn't special treatment. Remember, you have to be "Invited" to get in the preview program. It isn't open to everyone.
  • I agree I just want to upgrade now not have to wait for a message opt in then wait even longer for the frigging update. By doing it this way who knows how many preview members will miss out on getting this before November. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Now watch as everyone desperately submits tons of worthless feedback in hopes of getting the new UI sooner. :(
  • I submitted a lot of feedback I've been very vocal..... I hate they are going this route though. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I hate that they did this because i submit feedback that I feel needs to be sent. I don't send for every little think like some. I think the official rollout will have bugs and it will be another incomplete update just like Windows 10. :-\ Microsoft is starting to become very disappointing.
  • Yay! I am so excited.
  • Have they said what will be new for xbox with win10??
  • A loy of UI changes. They showed a video at E3 that you can look up. Cortana S far is the biggest thing i have noticed and she will come in handy
  • Anyone else remember the date being late October? Did they recently delay it?
  • That was the rumored date for Win mobile. I doubt they will release it before the end of the year, holiday season is a heavy traffic time and busy with new games; the last thing Microsoft would want is to add the complexity of a OS push at the same time as mobile release and the holiday game season.
  • I think you might be mistaken. Fable Legends is coming out this year, the game is DirectX 12, and they never said only the PC version was DirectX 12. So by that fact the update would have to be released this year.
  • It's always been November. They even said it at the press event when they showed the new dashboard.
  • "We'll start with a set of Preview members who have historically submitted the most feedback."
    Dang I knew I should have given more feedback when I had the chance.
  • OneGuide program notifications! For the love god, please make sure this gets into W10 Xbox. If you play Battlefield 4, you'll understand why. Battlefield for days....
  • I hope there's an option to roll back from the new dash to what we have currently. Not everyone has multiple Xbox Ones at their disposal.
  • That's why they give you the option to participate and don't force you to do it (spoken as a guy with multiple Xbox Ones at their disposal).  I'll be opting in on just one (if that is possible, it is with the preview so I'd imagine that to be the case with this).
  • My gamer tag is rthunder772. Please invite. Thanks.
  • I'm going to opt in for sure. I've never liked the current dashboard for the Xbox One.
  • Same here! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android