Xbox will be sending out a new set of invites for Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings soon

Xbox has announced that it will be sending out a new batch of invites for the exclusive Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings soon. These preview rings allow Insiders to be the first to try the latest features and provide important feedback to the Xbox team. Microsoft doesn’t disclose how it invites people to these rings, but there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of being invited.

Here’s an overview of each of the rings, according to Microsoft:

  • Alpha Skip-Ahead – An invite ring that receives preview builds of a future Xbox OS release
    • “Future” release means these builds may not be released to the public for some time. In other words, this is a preview of a release after the next public release. As such, Alpha Skip-Ahead may contain different functions than other rings
  • Alpha – An invitation-only ring that will receive preview builds of the next upcoming Xbox OS release
    • This is a preview version of the next operating system to be released to the public
    • Alpha will receive a pre-release version of the next build before any other ring
    • Alpha may have different features than both Alpha Skip-Ahead and sometimes other Xbox Update Preview rings

To be invited to the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings, you must provide high-quality feedback, participate in Quests and Surveys, participate in playtests, and be enthusiastic about testing. If you haven’t become an Insider yet but would like to get into these rings, the best thing to do is to join the Xbox Insider Program (FAQ) and work your way through the Omega, Delta, and Beta rings. If you don’t make it this time, Microsoft will send invites to the invite-only rings in the future for you to join.

If you receive an invitation, you can join the rings by following these instructions:

  1. Launch the Xbox Insider Hub on your Xbox console
  2. Select examples
  3. Select Preview Xbox update
  4. Select To manage
  5. Choose the Alpha or Alpha Skip-forward call and select Done
  6. Download and install the required console update

If you get an invite and you can’t decide if you want to join, think fast! Space for each ring is limited and seats are allocated on a first-come basis.

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