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xboxliveMicrosoft is getting gamers ready to test an updated version of its Xbox Live service for Xbox 360, promising better overall system performance and setting the stage for the company’s shift away from Microsoft Points to local currency.

It’s part of the company’s plan to continue releasing updates for its existing game console even after the debut of the new Xbox One later this year.

Xbox 360 users can sign up for the upcoming beta via the Xbox Live dashboard, according to a post this morning by Xbox Live’s Larry Hryb, a.k.a. Major Nelson.

“Unlike our previous beta programs, sign up is now accessed directly through your Xbox 360 console to streamline the experience,” Hryb writes. “Space is limited, so once the spots are filled the beta will be closed to the public.”

Participating in the beta requires agreeing to a non-disclosure agreement.

EarlierYour old Microsoft Points will be worth ‘equal or greater value’ as real currency


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