Microsoft’s Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Head of Programming, announced today that Xbox users will once again be able to sign up for the beta version of the annual Xbox Live update.
“We’re inviting Xbox Live members worldwide to participate in the 2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360 Public Beta. It will include updates to improve overall performance and the ability to conduct transactions with local currency, as Microsoft Points will be retired later this year,” he wrote in his blog.
Hryb also detailed how users can sign up for the beta. Microsoft decided to change the sign-up process, and will no longer be available on the company’s website.
“Unlike our previous beta programs, sign up is now accessed directly through your Xbox 360 console to streamline the experience. Space is limited, so once the spots are filled the beta will be closed to the public. To join, look for the Xbox Beta Program tile on the home hub of the Xbox Dashboard.”
As usual, users who sign-up for the beta and get accepted will have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, which prohibits them from discussing any changes with users who are not in the beta version.
“You will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for confidentiality reasons. For more details on the beta, we will have a Beta FAQ that posted later today. Our open public betas allow you to help make Xbox even better,” he concluded.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor