Like the Xbox Preview Program before it, Insiders lets members test out features headed to the Xbox One to catch bugs and offer feedback before these features are released on a larger scale. And in this latest batch, there are a ton of new features to try.
First up are the social features, including the long-requested custom gamerpics. Users will be able to upload custom images to their profiles from their console, PC, or mobile phone. The same flexibility will be expanded to Club owners for custom Club logos and backgrounds. Because it has some potential for abuse, though, Microsoft warns fans to expect this feature to be in preview for longer than usual.
That’s not the only new social feature, though. A new ‘Join Broadcast’ button will allow users to access the game stream of someone else broadcasting for easy viewing. Arena is also headed to Xbox Live, with this early test of the feature allowing World of Tanks fans to participate in tournaments and receive notification and match-ready alerts. You’ll be able to show off your tournament history on your profile.
It’s also now possible to clean up your Activity Feed, since Microsoft is implementing the new ability to hide individual posts, pin a special post to the top of your feed, and filter by friends, games, or Clubs. Even more organization can be found in your Settings, where users can now filter their game libraries by platform.
Finally, Clubs and Looking for Group (LFG) are getting a huge upgrade. It’s now possible to search LFG posts by Achievements in order to get that last group Achievement you need. Those who create LFG posts will also have a lot more options—they’ll be able to see vetting cards for people who want to join the group, which will display relevant stats like K/D ratio, rank, or score (depending on the game). If a post creator wants to recreate a popular post, it’s now possible to copy and paste past settings.
There are even more features listed over on the official announcement, so be sure to check out the full description of all the new features over on the Xbox Wire.
Members of the Xbox Insider program should expect to see these updates roll out over the next few weeks.