Microsoft has announced membership openings for the Xbox Insider Program Alpha and Alpha Skip Ahead channels. the Xbox Insider Program is spread over four development branches, but some are restricted.

In 2017, Microsoft created four separate rings within the Xbox Insider Program. Delta and Beta rings are largely unrestricted, and anybody can join. However, the Alpha and Skip Ahead rings are by invitation only.

That is not changing as the new openings are limited and will only be given by specific invite from Microsoft. The company is taking applications and will decide which Insiders are able to access the rings.


One of the reasons for the strict entry process is the unstable nature of the Alpha and Alpha Skip Ahead. Microsoft prefers testers with knowledge of the development process because the builds will have bugs and may not work properly.


As always, Microsoft does not detail exactly what it expects from users.

“We don’t share specific details, but we look at a variety of factors like high-quality submitted feedback, quest/survey participation, and playing games,” explains Microsoft. “More importantly, we select users who let us know they are interested in participating!”

Still, the application process is open to everyone and involves following these steps:

  1. “Launch the Xbox Insider Hub on your console
  2. Select Activities on the left
  3. Under Available, scroll down until you see Joining new rings
  4. Complete the survey!”

If you’re unfamiliar with the Alpha and Skip Ahead rings, they’re the place you want to be for bleeding edge Xbox system updates and features. Skip Ahead is the most advanced and receives preview builds from beyond even the next Xbox update.

As such, it is not advisable to run these channels on your normal Xbox console.

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