Microsoft has this week revealed plans for its new Xbox Insider Program which will replace the Xbox Preview Program and brings with it a number of new features, as well as new opt-in opportunities for gamers using the Xbox platform to provide feedback on the direction of the Xbox platform.
Microsoft is looking for the Xbox community to help provide feedback on games, app previews and system updates, and explains that since the launch of the Xbox Preview Program in February 2014, millions of votes have helped shape and improve the Xbox experience for gamers.
Major Nelson explains a little more about what you can expect from the newly renamed Xbox Preview Program which is now referred to as the Xbox Insider Program.
This new name reflects how we are expanding to offer opt-in opportunities to provide feedback on Game and App Previews alongside System Update previews.
Next, we have an update to the Xbox Preview Dashboard that has been rebuilt from the ground-up based on fan feedback. A few highlights include:
▪ A new name – the Xbox Insider Hub
▪ Personalized to give you more relevant announcements, quests, and Insider content opportunities to get early access to select games and apps
▪ A new UI, inspired by the New Xbox One Experience, makes it easier to find the right info and provide more robust feedback
▪ The Xbox Insider profile card where your contributions in the program come front and center
▪ Support for multiple users on a console to participate and provide feedback
We’re starting to roll these changes out today to a small number of preview members who have provided the most feedback since the inception of the Xbox Preview Program. If you have your Xbox One console in Instant-on mode and you have the Xbox Preview Dashboard app installed, then you don’t have to do anything – the app will update automatically overnight. If you want to see the changes sooner, you can check for updates by going to My games and apps, and then looking at the updates section. Over the next few weeks, all existing Xbox Preview members will get access to the new Xbox Insider Hub.
Our final change is that the Xbox Insider Program will soon be open to all Xbox users. More fans will have the ability to provide feedback directly from their Xbox One consoles. The Xbox Insider Hub will provide great opportunities to try out games, apps, and other console experiences. Note that Xbox system updates will currently be limited to those already testing them (not open to new members), as we still have a huge number of volunteers already doing a great job testing and providing feedback.
Source: Major Nelson