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Microsoft bringing Xbox One Preview Program to Xbox 360

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More than nine years after launching the Xbox 360, Microsoft is giving users of the console the ability to get an early look at forthcoming system updates through its Preview Program, Microsoft's Larry Hryb announced yesterday.

The initiative already exists on Xbox One, where Microsoft kicked it off in February 2014. The Xbox 360 Preview Program will "work much like the Xbox One preview," said Hryb, with the same setup of Microsoft inviting select users of the console into the program.

You'll know you're in if you see a special Xbox Live message from Microsoft. If you're one of the lucky few, head to the Xbox 360's Settings menu, then go to Account Management under Account. There, you'll see an option for "Xbox 360 Preview Registration" listed as one of your memberships, and it'll allow you to enroll your console in the program. That won't do anything just yet, but Microsoft will send another Xbox Live message to let you know the program has officially begun.

Microsoft's next update for the Xbox 360 will focus on "improving the ability to troubleshoot common network issues from the 360 and adding a Network Connectivity test including Download and Upload speed tests," said Hryb. He added that "there will be even more changes coming later this year."

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