SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has opened the registration process for getting a first look at its next Xbox console dashboard update.
The update includes the new feature of accepting old money. This will see Microsoft start taking a currency that makes sense - in the case of the UK this would be pounds sterling - and getting rid of Points, its homegrown credits system.
There isn't much more information about what it entails except a reference to improvements, and people who get into the beta are expected to keep their mouths shut about what they see.
"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," said a Major Nelson blog post on Friday.
"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."
Gamers should have been looking for notices on their Xbox dashboards, but don't throw down your laptop or phone. The beta invitation session has closed, at least for now.
Major Nelson suggested that it might return, and we can't imagine that Microsoft will be lacking available volunteers.
The beta is available globally, and will let punters from all sorts of countries indulge in the familiar feeling of spending their own money. Those who are accepted to take part are advised that it could take as long as three working days to get enrolled. µ
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