Xbox Insiders Program separated into Alpha, Beta, Ring 3 and Ring 4

Microsoft is now rolling out Xbox one preview of the Creators Update for Insiders. The new update will be released to every insider before the public release. Recently, some Insiders have been complaining about too many updates. As a result, the company will divide the Insider Program into four rings.

  • Xbox One Update Preview Alpha – The first Preview ring, this group typically receives 2-3 new system updates per week during a Preview Update wave. Preview Alpha is the cutting edge, and users in this group receive access to new features and fixes as soon as possible at the expense of potential bugs.
  • Xbox One Update Preview Beta – The second Preview ring, this group typically receives 1-2 new system updates per week during a Preview Update wave. Preview Beta users receive frequent system updates and early access to new features and fixes, with somewhat less risk of encountering bugs.
  • Xbox One Update Preview Ring 3 – The third Preview ring, this group typically receives 2-3 new system updates per month during a Preview Update wave. Preview Ring 3 users receive infrequent system updates and are suited for users who want early access to new features and fixes with less risk of encountering bugs.
  • Xbox One Update Preview Ring 4 – The fourth and final Preview ring, this group typically receives new system updates about once per month. Preview Ring 4 users receive system updates which are almost ready for public release, and thus receive the fewest system updates and are least likely to encounter bugs. In some cases, Preview Ring 4 users may also receive updated versions of the current publicly released build incorporating new fixes.

However, Xbox One update Program Alpha, Beta, and Ring 3 aren’t open to anyone. Microsoft will be sending out invitations to “the most active Xbox Insiders.” However, you can bump up your ranking to get into the program. You can do the following:

  • Complete Quests, Surveys, Quick Polls, and Ratings in the Xbox Insider Hub.
  • Participate in any game and app betas available to you via the Xbox Insider Hub.
  • Provide feedback on the official Xbox One Preview forums.
  • Report bugs via Report a problem.
  • Use your Xbox One console regularly.

To sign up for the Xbox Insider Program, download the Xbox Insider Hub on your console and follow the instructions to get enrolled.