Microsoft's Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson to Xbox fans the world over, announced that the company is throwing open registration for the Xbox Live 2013 beta. Microsoft last month confirmed that it would be phasing out Microsoft points in favor of transactions in players' own local currencies and Hryb said today that those taking part in the beta would get a chance to experience that. As well as the change in how transactions go down, beta testers will enjoy improvements to overall performance.
Sign ups are being handles through the Xbox Dashboard via a special Xbox Beta Program tile. Those in Japan aren't able to sign up (for now) and Microsoft says space is limited, though the company didn't elaborate any more on numbers. Other than the aforementioned bump in performance (and the lack of Microsoft Points), there's no hints as to what beta testers can expect, and those taking part in the program are bound by an NDA, so they can't share any juicy details with us either.
The beta will close once all available spots have filled up.
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I can't believe people complained about points, now we will never get discounts on point cards again.Reply
11106329 said:I can't believe people complained about points, now we will never get discounts on point cards again.
You mean how they never have discounts on things like iTunes gift cards?
I think points was a smarter method to do things. Using local currency means prices will most likely wildly vary day to day if its not in dollars.Reply
did the beta test happen alreadyReply
Sign ups are closed - predictably, it didn't take long to fill all the slots. :PReply