Xbox Preview Program Getting New Name, Will Open To All Xbox One Owners

by Robert Workman


A while back, Microsoft introduced its Xbox Preview Program, allowing a certain few users to check out features forthcoming to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles before they got released to the public. Well, according to Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb, that program is about to become a lot more accessible.

The blog post broke down what changes will be coming to the program. Most importantly, it will open up to all Xbox One owners, instead of just a select few. Check out the breakdown of features being included with the program below:

  • 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 

A few of these changes have already rolled out to some Preview members, according to Nelson, and the others should receive the update within a matter of weeks. It's expected that the program will be made available to all in time for the holiday season, helping boost Xbox Live services.

The Preview Program has been home to a number of ideal features, including backward compatibility, which went through a "beta" test following its announcement last year during Microsoft's E3 press conference. With it set to open up to everyone, that should make these features far more accessible – and give Microsoft a notch in its belt as it continues its market battle against Sony and, with its Switch on the way, Nintendo.

Look for more information once the program is announced soon.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.