The Xbox Insider Program is a community that lets Xbox users help Microsoft test and evaluate upcoming system updates before they are released to the public. Previously, the program was limited to a selected group of players, but Microsoft has announced anyone will be able to opt in to the lowest-tier of the Insider Program.
Currently the Xbox Insider Program is split into four rings: Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Omega. Omega is outermost ring a user can opt into, earning early access to upcoming system updates. Participation in the Omega group can eventually lead to the more exclusive Alpha, Beta, and Delta rings, assuming your input is helpful to Microsoft.
In addition to early updates, Microsoft is partnering with game developers to get beta access to certain games for Insider Program users as well. According to the press release, Insiders on both Xbox One and PC have already been given access to Sea of Thieves, and earlier this year some users were able to play Paladins weeks before release.
If you are interested in joining the Xbox Insider Program, search the Xbox One Store for “Xbox Insider Hub” and download the app to get started today.
Microsoft also announced changes to the achievement system that “fundamentally changes the concept” of achievements.
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