On their official Xbox Wire new sites, Microsoft announced that Xbox One owners are now being invited to beta test the upcoming March dashboard update for the console.
Previously on the Xbox 360, these beta tests were opened to the public for signing up, and participants would then be chosen from that poo. Now, it seems that the Xbox team is simply choosing from the roster of Xbox One owners, and sending those selected people a message via Xbox Live inviting them to participate in the beta test.
“The next system update will begin rolling out next week to those who will preview the new features,” Xbox spokesman Major Nelson wrote on Xbox Wire. “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.”
There’s a bit of a catch to the beta test, however, one that you’ll want to know about before you accept the offer (should you receive it). As with previous dashboard beta tests, your console will be separated from the general Xbox One population. As one of the major focuses of the March update is changes to the console’s party system, joining the beta will mean you won’t be able to have any party-related interactions with your friends or other players unless they are also in the beta.
As it won’t be long until the March dashboard update is released to all Xbox One owners, if partying up with others is important to you, you might just want to sit out this beta test and wait the couple extra weeks until it goes live.
For those who may have missed the details, the March update will also bring other important fixes and changes to the Xbox One dashboard, including the ability to get to your friends list faster, party chat will be improved and expanded, an “Invite friend to game” option will be added to in-game menus going forward, and the “Recent Players” option from the Xbox 360 interface will be making its return, among other unannounced updates.