Microsoft begins selecting users to beta test next Xbox One update


Jul 21, 2013
"Select Xbox Live members" will soon beta test the next software update for Microsoft's recently released Xbox One console, with invitations to the program being sent to users beginning today.

According to a post on the company's Xbox Wire blog, those chosen for the beta program "will receive an Xbox Live message with a token to register," with the update rolling out to those users at an unspecified day next week. The post doesn't state how participants are being chosen and there is no sign-up form available, indicating participants may be selected at random. As with Xbox 360 beta programs, users will have access to a private forum where they can provide feedback on the update before it launches to all users.

The next update is slated to include several features that will improve multiplayer functionality on Xbox Live, such as a revamped friends app and party chat improvements. A "recent players" list will notably be added with the update, a feature included on the Xbox 360 that hasn't been available on Xbox One. The new features will roughly coincide with the release of "Titanfall," a multiplayer first-person shooter that will be released March 11 on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC; the game recently concluded its Xbox One beta.

March's Xbox One multiplayer-focused update follows a storage-focused update released last week. Microsoft appears to be adopting a quicker release pattern for Xbox One updates than it used with the Xbox 360, which typically saw bigger updates released once or twice a year.

Source: Xbox Wire & Neowin