Xbox One Update: Beta Testing Program Allows Gamers to Try New Features Before They're Released

Justin SarachikFeb 21, 2014 08:18 PM EST

Xbox One is carrying out a new beta program that will allow owners of the console to test out the future updates of the system before they are released.

By doing this, Microsoft will be able to gauge whether to go forth with the update depending on the response everyone gives them. This new program began yesterday, and certain Xbox Live users are being selected to try it out as new updates are rolled out into March.

"Features that will not be enabled during the preview include party chat, party invites, party matchmaking and party visibility," Microsoft said to Polygon.

"Once the March system update becomes available to all consoles worldwide, new party features will function normally for all Xbox One users. If this is an issue, you should consider not signing up for this beta."

Xbox One's recent update was to help improve user experiences, however, it has been reported that the update is inadvertently bringing a bug to the console that causes the screen to go black.

"If it happens, please power cycle by holding power for 10 seconds," Xbox said on their official Twitter.

Initially the big update was delayed a few days and pushed back to later this week an executive announced on Twitter.

"The February #XboxOne System Update will ship this week, but not today. The team is working on finalizing [it]," said Larry Hryb Twitter.

This first update of the year was supposed to bring a battery signal indicator, USB support for keyboards, system storage management, improved Kinect voice commands, and other features.

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