February 20th 2014 9:00 am PT

Invitation to Preview the Next Xbox One Update

The team is working hard to deliver some exciting updates in March that will make Xbox One even better. But in order to ensure our customers have the best experience on Xbox One and Xbox Live, we need the help of our passionate community.

Beginning today, Xbox is inviting select Xbox Live members to preview new features coming to Xbox One in a March system update and future system updates as they become available, asking them to provide valuable feedback before the updates are implemented worldwide. Selected participants will receive a message over Xbox Live with a code to register. The next system update will begin rolling out next week to those who will preview the new features. Once registered, participants will be able to test the early features included in the update and provide feedback on a private forum and can opt out of future waves.

Like Marc Whitten announced last week, the updates coming in March will significantly improve the multiplayer and party experiences on Xbox One. We’re counting on our fans to share their input as we’re putting the final touches on the new features that we plan to deliver in early March.

Thanks for helping make Xbox One even better. We look forward to hearing your feedback on the system updates whether you are participating in the preview or not. We love to hear from you.

Cross Posted on Xbox Wire

Xbox One By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Pearson Smith

    I wonder if I’m still on the list. I was in the Kinect beta.

    • IRB

      that was a cool Beta wasn’t it :)

      • Pearson Smith

        It was, I did not expect that.

  • evilfangs .

    Will this new update have preview of the bug fix for the black screen bug which the last update introduced?

    • ElektroDragon

      Hope so, I have the black screen issue now too.

    • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

      Is that when you drop to the dashboard and the screen goes black? I thought that was an issue with the Titanfall Beta.

      • evilfangs .

        IGN and Gamespot are reporting it as a bug with the latest update.

      • Mike J Bradon

        It’s a dashboard update that a soft reset should fix, it happened to me twice right after the update but hasn’t happened since the softreset.

        • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

          Black screen happened to me twice, both times playing Titanfall when I dropped down to the dashboard. Soft reset didn’t do a thing, Xbox just loaded back up with the black screen again. Had to unplug the unit.

          • Mike J Bradon

            I did the same thing I pulled the Power let it Reboot then proceeded to do the Soft Reset of holding the Power Button.

            Both times it happened to be I was Watching TV

          • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

            I just assumed it was the Titanfall beta. Can’t say I did a lot of testing with other games though. No issues while watching TV, not yet anyway.

            They say they are going to update for Dolby Digital surround and I’m sure they will, I was just hoping they would do it by the time Titanfall lands.

          • Mike J Bradon

            Have you Followed these steps to enable digital surround sound:

            From Home, say “Xbox, go to Settings” or select the Settings tile from My games & apps.
            Select TV & OneGuide.
            Select Troubleshooting.
            Select the Surround Sound (BETA) option

          • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

            Sorry, I’m misunderstanding. is that for Dolby digital 5.1 from the optical out?

            Was this something that came with the recent update? Beta would lead me to believe it was.

          • Mike J Bradon

            That has been an option since day one, that’s how a lot of users have gotten their turtle beach headsets working using the optical cable.

            I personally don’t use headsets I have it running through my surround sound via HDMI cable

          • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

            Oh OK. So I don’t think it’s actually full 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound. I think we’re still waiting on that update. Too bad, as I said before, “I” find it to be essential.

          • Mike J Bradon

            Enable it and see if it suits your needs for now at least.

          • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

            I’ll give it a shot once the chat adapter drops but they really need to include Dolby Digital.

          • Mike J Bradon

            It will enable 5.1 for all Optical Devices, The Chat Adapter wont matter if you are using a headset via the Microphone port. It would have to be connected via the Optical Cable for that setting to work, Either to a Surround Sound Receiver or an Optical Headset

          • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

            I use Astro A50’s. Like em very much I do. Can’t chat on Xbox One with them though.

          • Mike J Bradon

            That’s why I’m telling you to turn on that setting you might be pleasantly surprised that your headset might actually work afterwards

          • Mike J Bradon

            Also if you are getting DTS then you have 5.1, a lot of people don’t realize their isn’t much difference when you are listening in DD or DTS. DD is the industry standard but DTS allows for less compression. And both sound Equally Great.

          • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

            Hey Mike, Thanks for the help but that surround out is DTS, and the amps for the headphones like mine or the turtle beach don’t support that only Dolby 7.1/5.1. If you’re using an amp for a home theater system it’s just fine. MS has stated that they would come out with an update post launch to actually support it but there has been no word. I guess I just get to wait and be frustrated.

            Anyway, thanks again I know you were just trying to help.

        • nadnerb76

          Soft reset hard reset we have paid good money for the one and it should be right stright out the box Do I dare mention the rrod…. XBOX ON feature I should never have to touch the power button. To be honest im getting sick of pressing and holding the power button

          • Mike J Bradon

            You can complain and gripe all you want no matter what you buy, inevitably you are a beta tester to anything you buy, and Updates and Patches aren’t guaranteed to be perfect. In a Perfect World you might get a Perfect Product, you should understand that DAY one editions of just about anything you buy will have issues and software patched and revisions. So relax and sit back and Enjoy the Ride.

          • nadnerb76

            I get that but everyone is having this fault how long do they test before releasing the console I got this fault after only 4 hours game play so I wasnt very relaxed when I lost 4hours game play on dead rising 3 maybe I should have saved the game but then again y should I .. If your flat screen tv powered down after four hour every week or so what would you do

          • Mike J Bradon

            Don’t feel Bad I lost it on Need For Speed Rivals as well so I understand your Frustration. Glitches and Bugs can’t be for seen their are so many difference variables to the issue. So yet it again it comes down to use to test and report our findings. I’m sorry for the headache but you need to realize things happen and you cannot predict every possible scenario and a closed environment scenario may never yeald these issues.

          • nadnerb76

            I dont feel bad and there is no need for an apology. Its not you at fault… RROD why not recall the product .. My first 360 premium got rrod just out of warranty so I bind it and got a new core cause I had the hard drive .. my new one the one with the hdmi did it just in warranty but by this time they had extended the warranty period got that fix free of charge and for my troubles got one month gold and a plug and charge kit
            but then again the hole repair time took 7 weeks . THEN I get a slim and 2years down the line ive got issues with the power brick goes red so I have to remove all the leads on it before it powers up .And now the silly little issue with my one I can moan but I do have a point .. Microsoft should at least say yes we know about the problems and are working to fix the issues just like samsung have done and stopped updating s3 because of issues with firmware. Rant over I guess ha

          • Mike J Bradon

            Trust me I hear you on that, I’ve repaired plenty of RROD 360’s i waited till the HDMI version came out and got the Resident Evil Special Edition never once had an Issue, and I got the Gears of War 3 Special Edition Slim still till this day no issues, Minor issues at best i think i had to manually install a dashboard update on my resident evil xbox but no RROD no Power Brick issues. Now with some fiddling i have the Kinect Perfect on the Xbox One and the Commands work great unless my surround sound is up too loud. and Had it Give me the black Screen Twice… Just Relax and think of it like this we are the Beta Testers, and we have to find the bugs to have them ironed out in the end.

  • Sledg

    Would be nice to be part of this but I won’t hold my breath. I loved all the 360 Betas.

    • Sledg

      And I hope the people that get invited follow the NDA. But I bet that won’t happen. The minute the code is released to the people invited there will be 50 artcles about what’s fixed.

  • ElektroDragon

    So I get calls to playtest Microsoft games all the time, but I’m not invited to the beta?

  • Danny Hogan

    Check your email accounts linked to your xbox account to see if you have a invite thats what i did and i found the invite in my gmail

    • Danny Hogan

      Really good because i tested the previous beta dashboard releases for the xbox 360 so looking forward to testing this out !

  • Tahakaro

    I do not understand how can I get access. Who can explain it?

    • https://live.xbox.com/MyXbox/Profile?gamertag=DarkGin87 Lee Rayson (DarkGin87)

      You get access IF you are invited to the preview, so it not something you can sign up for

      • Tahakaro

        That is itself a party chooses Microsoft randomly or selectively? OK, TY

  • DavidinCT

    I didn’t get a invite :( My user name is my gamer tag. I really want to see this update as I am really looking forward to these changes. Has all the invites gone out or will they be sending through the day ?

    I have done a lot of testing for MS and I didn’t get invited to this one :(

  • deadbox102

    Sweet. Those who receive an invite, please provide good feedback. I want to see this console improve as quick as possible.

    • Danny Hogan

      We will do dont worry

    • Danny Hogan

      We will dont worry :)

    • Death Dealer

      I surely will. There’s a lot of things to fix ATM and it’s not just the software functionality and bugs like kicking to the dash or the black screen. I will give a lot of feedback like I always do, but knowing how MS upholds their “This is by design” mentality on such forums, I don’t know how much it will matter if it falls on deaf ears. The way things are going right now is not so well for the Xbox One and there need to be a lot of changes if MS wants to recouperate. Titanfall is awesome, but that alone won’t be enough in many consumers’ opinions.

  • Danny Hogan

    Just got a email again saying not to worry if you receive a email but no code as they are going to be coming soon

  • deadbox102

    I’m in!!! Woo hoo!!!

    • Tristan Flowers

      I hope I get in too, love testing out these beta programs

    • Death Dealer

      Me 2!

  • MacUser1986

    I’m a ten year Xbox Live gold member and a beta veteran for the Xbox platform and no invite!

    I’m very disappointed Microsoft…

    • deadbox102

      Give it time. I’m sure the invites are still going out.

  • nadnerb76

    Beta testing new features coming to Xbox One .. Please microsoft address the issues we are having before releasing new features that the 360 had .. Issues like dashboading black preview screen error code 0x80072f78

  • Richii Cripplekid Zuñiga

    that last update gave me the black screen and wont turn on my tv no more. will this update fix that?

  • Michael Shelburne

    Happy to help in the beta testing of these updates and looking forward to these changes! The perks of being an Ambassador!

  • Andrew VanSpronsen

    Interested in beta testing if MS is finally getting around to progressing DLNA support at least up to Xbox 360 levels. “Play To” is just plain terrible and unreliable.

    • Brian

      Agreed. I feel like maybe they took that away to promote their own Xbox Video services. Same reason I’m suspicious of the Netflix quality issues.

    • MobileVortex

      Personally ive had no problems with “play to”. I believe we need a file browser, but ive had 0 issues.

  • gtron8

    i’m game

    • ChintuPatel

      ? im game

  • Pressure

    So I’m curious…what could the next Xbox be called…

    • evilfangs .

      Xbox two, I mean originality works for Sony and their next PS5 console lol.

  • zico291

    Does anyone know if the invites are still going out? I really want to beta test this.

  • Mike

    I got in!!!!

    • Niko Dempsey

      How did you got in?

      • Mike

        They e-mailed me said I should have a message on my Xbox one then I got another e-mail saying that e-mail was due to arrive after I got the code and to rest easy the code will come tonight

        • Dex

          Same experience but no code yet. Did yours come?

    • ɾosɥ ɥɐɐs

      Me too! That was a nice surprise.

  • zico291

    Good luck to all those people who got in, I am not sure if there still sending the e-mails out but I hope that the beta testing will help improve the dashboard.

  • Jeremy Sutherland

    I’ve been in all of the 360 betas but for some reason I doubt I will get to be in this beta. I hope I’m wrong because I have felt pretty strongly about the issues on Xbox One’s interface vs Xbox 360. I’m excited for this update.

  • Dung Tuan Phung

    I got in and supposedly you can invite your friends to it through some website in which I can’t remember -_-

    • Mike

      didn’t see that in the e-mails

      • Dung Tuan Phung

        I didn’t get an email it sent through my messages, and at the end of registering with the app it said if you want your friends to join the beta send them an invite at a certain Xbox website, its so you are able to chat with your friends and what not.

        • dibils

          i can be your friend

    • HamsterManFromAmsterdam

      The preview forums have a post dedicated to this (Post a friends GT and they might invite them)

  • fastharryDOTcom

    not sure if I want to be the guinea pig this time around, LOL..

    • Edragonxx

      If you bough Xbox One, they you are already Guinea pig. :)

      • fastharryDOTcom

        let me rephrase….I don’t know if I want to be a guinea pig any more than I am already… (great comeback…you get a up vote, LOL)

  • ɾosɥ ɥɐɐs

    I entered my code through the website (just because it’s easier) and my console never downloaded a registration app. Sad day.

  • http://Accu-Berry.com Edwin Gomez

    remember the app is only to register for the preview, you still have to wait 24 to 48hrs to see if you been selected

    • deadbox102

      Well poo.

  • http://Accu-Berry.com Edwin Gomez

    i hope twitch is updated so we can stream from our xbox one

    • Dung Tuan Phung

      As they have said it’s not going to be ready yet for some more months.

    • Edragonxx

      Yeah, we all hope Twitch streaming soon, but it looks that it’snot coming soon. The earliest is probably fall. Twitch have lots of problems, and they even cannot support PC and PS4 today. Lots speed problems, quality has been dropped, laaaaag, so I will be not surprised if we see Twitch streaming function next year.

  • CodeToJoy

    Here’s hoping I get the invite… I love beta testing things, trying to break it.

  • Generalkidd

    I’ve been in every single Xbox 360 beta and I haven’t received an invite this one… :'(

  • Anubis316

    is there nothing I can do to try and get into this?

    • Mr.I AM THE BEST/Yuri

      Right Thats what I’m trying to find out?

  • http://www.Soundcloud.com/Stream-Of-Consciousness Stream Of Conscious

    I have been in almost every beta, I am an early adopter not to mention I spend a LOT of money on Xbox products…can I get some beta love Major?! My gamertag is Spitkicker.

  • HamsterManFromAmsterdam

    Why is everyone so desperate to get in? If you have truly helped the community then you will get an invite. If all you have done is download early releases for testing in the past, you shouldnt think it is your right to be invited to every single beta. Loyalty is not synonymous with helpfulness!

  • Travis

    Would love the chance to help out! DefiedCrome65 is my GT. As can be seen on my profile; I actively provide info on issues, I would take this very serious as I want to see you guys stay at the top of the mountain!

  • Ashley Lovascio

    I entered the code almost a hour ago and it says still loading the registration app is it gonna work even?

    • Edragonxx

      The next system update will begin rolling out next week to those who will preview the new features.

  • Dex

    I got the email but never recvd a msg with a code. I replied and an ambassador told me to wait. It’s been 4 hours. Anyone else have this experience?

    • ChintuPatel

      yes I am still waiting for code

    • deadbox102

      I never received an email, just the message with the code.

  • KnoxSe7eN

    No email or message here. Shame as I am always ready to help out with beta tests.

  • deadbox102

    Titanfall will a digital purchase for me along with Garden Warfare.

  • Mark

    Would love to help out it the Beta @majornelson ! My Gamertag is HerrmannBurger

    • Edragonxx

      Xbox is inviting select Xbox Live members to preview new features coming to Xbox One in a March system update and future system updates as they become available, asking them to provide valuable feedback before the updates are implemented worldwide. Selected participants will receive a message over Xbox Live with a code to register.

  • YoGabbaWrex

    Hi Major, I got a code for the preview registration then my smart glass app froze and deleted it!! Is there anyway of recovering a system msg on live supports end ??

  • 8 core CPU Samsung power!

    Why Say it’s an all in one machine* when you have to add an 3d player?
    Just
    Enable 3d Blu-ray support so the all in one machine is an all in one machine!!!

    * you need a 3d player to make it an
    all in One machine.

    • luke cooper

      I agree i did ask them on twitter they said they wpuld be adding it but no date yet.

      • 8 core CPU Samsung power!

        Im hoping more people add pressure for them to add 3d support
        sooner than later.

    • Edragonxx

      3D is DEAD! Even 3D biggest supporter Sony admitted that 3D is dead! There is not a lot people who want watch anything on 3D. Specially after research that 3D is not healthy. Children up to 7 is not suggested to watch 3D. And if you look cinema sales people prefer 2D. 3D is dead! So it’s better let developers fix other more important things than waste time with 3D when only 3%-5% people are interested about it.

      • George Glass

        Are we supposed to throw away the 3d movies we already own? I get that it is not a focus going forward, but some of us are not going to replace an older console that plays our current library (ps3) with a buggy new console that won’t.

      • 8 core CPU Samsung power!

        What about my transformer Blu-ray set.
        1 disk is normal Blu-ray works fine, so my 3d disk will be now be never
        used because im now not to like 3d?
        3d looked awesome in the cinema as I remember was hoping to use
        that will my 3d tv.

  • 8 core CPU Samsung power!

    Will this new update unlock 1080p games?
    Just I’m sick of been teased at school , and now worst as Metal Gear solid 5 having 720p. You did say it could do 4k gaming, just it can’t even do 1080p yet.
    Hate for the next 7 years too be like this.

    • Edragonxx

      No. This update is not related with 1080p. This update is only USER INTERFACE beta.

      About 1080p problem, it’s on developing side. Developers deciding which resolution or frame rate they ar e using. But it’s really difficult to make games 1080p because of very difficult Xbox one system. Not much memory is available for that.

      Anyway there is rumors (not officially confirmed by Microsoft), that Microsoft will release soon new SDK for developers. It will make developers easier to use 1080p in future.

      • evilfangs .

        “Anyway there is rumors (not officially confirmed by Microsoft), that
        Microsoft will release soon new SDK for developers. It will make
        developers easier to use 1080p in future”

        So how exactly would this work?

        • 8 core CPU Samsung power!

          should of been 1080p from day one like the PS4.
          I’ll admit im a little pissed that MGS5 is only 720p.
          I wasn’t expecting this when I bought the system few months back.

          • evilfangs .

            The console is able to get 1080p 60fps on games, it’s just a matter of time till the developers know how to code for the console correctly for their demanding game.

        • Edragonxx

          Have you ever heard anything about of OS? No?

    • Nick Peck

      MS NEVER said the system could play games in 4k lol, the ps4 can’t do that and most pc’s can’t play games at that resolution unless you have 1k worth of video cards. The system can however display MEDIA in 4k, big difference.

      Also, does the resolution being slightly less make the games less fun? Nope.

    • Xenokai

      What do you mean unlock 1080p games? It already does naitive 1080p games. Need for speed, Forza, Tomb raider, NBA 2k are just a few of the naitive 1080p games. Just like PS4 not all games are 1080p, Battlefield isnt 1080p on ps4 or xbox one. It depend on the developer, once games are made with the next gen console fully in mind then you will see full 1080p games all the time on both consoles. Also resolution does not matter. the games themselfs are what matters, and titanfall is better then any next gen game ive played so far and its not 1080p. Both consoles are gonna have must have titels but right now Xbox One clearly has the better exclusive lineup, Halo/Titanfall/Gears/Quantem break. Also neither console said they could play games at 4k, they said they can do 4k and what there referred to was for video content later for video content like 4k blu rays eventually. Playing a movie at 4k takes alot less then doing a game.

    • http://www.kevin-fell.co.uk/ Kevin Fell

      When i was at school console games were standard definition and they looked amazing! You youngsters dont appreciate how lucky you have it now days ;-)

      You cant unlock 1080p im afraid, the games themselves set the native resolution not the console.

  • http://people.ign.com/itsthevoltage itsthevoltage

    i really want the update. i have been a part of the beta updates for 360 a couple times. its really fun

  • Earmack

    New preview beta for xo great! Always really enjoyed to be part of all beta program since 2007. Thx microsoft, i just hope u finally add some options like totaly on or off vibration like on x360

  • James Oceguera

    Still waiting on my invitation. I hope a message pops up :-). Either way im grateful MS is allowing us the chance to test! Thank you

  • HGamer

    How to join? Or we get picked by random?

    • Edragonxx

      Xbox is inviting select Xbox Live members to preview new features coming to Xbox One in a March system update and future system updates as they become available, asking them to provide valuable feedback before the updates are implemented worldwide. Selected participants will receive a message over Xbox Live with a code to register.

      • George Glass

        Best of the best sir!…. With honors.

      • HGamer

        I have read that.

        I just thought, it only says “inviting select members”, but didn’t mention how you would be selected. I wondered if you need to register first to enter the “select pool”.

    • Nick Peck

      I take it that is a “look at the headline and skip straight to the comments section” post? :p

      • HGamer

        No, I have read the whole article.

        I just thought, it only says “inviting select members”, but didn’t mention how you would be selected. I wondered if you need to register first to enter the “select pool”.

  • ChintuPatel

    im in because see from but i need code

    • Nick Peck

      ehh, what? lol.

  • Leon FatherHood Forte

    I would really love to tryout the new update can’t wait to see what xbox has been working on.

  • Danny Hogan

    Anyone know if there is a time limit with redeeming the code as i wont be able to till a couple of days

    • dibils

      i’ll redeem it for you, just send it over

  • z3razerviper

    I really hope I get a code. Any love for an ancient 2 char gamer tag …. Z3

  • jheller

    No matter where I go I cant get Titan Fall away from me….. I played the beta and it was awesome. Every thing I read in media or browse on forums related to games TitanFall is there. I hope this game lives up too the hype that people are making it out to be because I love it so far from the beta run. I hate too much I never found a game to really live up to overhype but Im really hopefull for this game.

  • Lakerfanalways

    It would be great if this update had external drive support..that is the one thing keeping me away from the XBOX ONE..

    • Scott Daylor

      I agree. I only have around 47 GB left and have no desire to delete stuff to make room. So either they start supporting externals, or im not buying any new content. I know im only one person, but im sure a lot of others feel the same.

 
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