Microsoft will soon be starting sign-ups for the upcoming Xbox 360 Public Beta, which focuses around an improvement update to the console’s software. While the full list of changes are not known for the beta, it is clear that it will focus on updates to the system, including a reduction in the system’s boot-up time, as well as other minor changes to improve the overall capabilities of the system. The update will also allow players to be able to make purchases and transactions in their local currency, after Microsoft announced plans to retire Microsoft Points later this year at their E3 conference.
Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb wrote on his site that players will be able to sign up for the beta through their Xbox 360 console, rather than the traditional means of registering outside of the system, to enhance the process.
“Unlike our previous beta programs, sign up is now accessed directly through your Xbox 360 console to streamline the experience. Space is limited, so once the spots are filled the beta will be closed to the public.”
Players can sign up for the beta through the Xbox 360′s dashboard. After reading and agreeing to a non-disclosure agreement, players will be able to download the update. Note that space for this beta is limited, so player who wish to participate should sign up as soon as possible. Unfortunately for players in Japan however, the update is not yet available in their end of the world, but will be capable of joining the beta at a later date.
More information is available at the Beta FAQ (which is currently not operational at the time of this post).
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