Microsoft has announced that they are now simplifying its Xbox Insider groups. Previously known as Ring 4 is now renamed to Xbox One Omega ring. This ring will be the default for anyone signing up to the Xbox Insider program.

Xbox One Omega ring will allow participants to get a preview of a new dashboard update just before it’s available broadly, but if enough feedback is provided then testers will be upgraded to the Delta ring. Again, if enough feedback is provided and with three months of activity than you are free to join the Beta ring.

Xbox One Omega Ring Insider
Xbox One Omega Ring Insider
Official post,

One of our key goals since creating the Xbox Insider Program has been ensuring interested Xbox users can provide valuable feedback on system updates before they are broadly released. We’ve enjoyed seeing that you, our community, share that same goal. Many of you – especially in Ring 3 and Ring 4 – have expressed interest in the opportunity to share feedback earlier in the preview process. As a result of this feedback, starting today we’re better recognizing your participation and dedication by activating user-selected ring shifts – available for those who have reached certain Xbox Insider XP and tenure milestones – for fans to enroll in previously “closed” rings.

Here’s some detail on the average number of monthly updates per ring, combined with the rough average monthly bandwidth usage per ring:

Xbox Insiders Image

The software giant is trying to simplify the Insider Rings. However, Microsoft is still restricting the top-tier Alpha ring to invite-only early access. Microsoft is currently testing out its new Xbox One dashboard with this smaller group of Alpha testers, and it’s expected to start releasing this to Beta ring testers later this month.


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