We all knew that Xbox Live was getting a slew of changes. Along with an aesthetic upgrade, improved to load times, and an overall performance upgrade, this new Xbox Live will allow you to conduct transactions in local currency. Also, for the first time ever, beta participants can sign up directly through their Xbox Dashboard!
Here is what Microsoft’s Major nelson had to say about the beta.
We’re inviting Xbox Live members worldwide to participate in the 2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360 Public Beta.* It will include updates to improve overall performance and the ability to conduct transactions with local currency, as Microsoft Points will be retired later this year.
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.
To join, look for the Xbox Beta Program tile on the home hub of the Xbox Dashboard.
You will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for confidentiality reasons.
For more details on the beta, we will have a Beta FAQ that posted here later today.
Our open public betas allow you to help make Xbox even better.
We appreciate your feedback and thank you for participating!
* Xbox Live members in any of our 41 Xbox Live-enabled markets will be able to participate in the public beta for Xbox 360. Please note that members in Japan will have an opportunity to join at a later date.
I’ll update this post when we open it for Japan, and additional information about the program as it progresses.
Source: Major Nelson