Microsoft rolls out Xbox Live Labs optional network testing program

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 10 March 2011 14:45 GMT

Microsoft has announced it’s rolling out a new testing program called Xbox Live Labs, an optional testing program which will perform “a number of network tests from your console to Live.”

According to Major Nelson: “These results are recorded solely for the purpose of testing and improving the service. Although we want your support, participating in Xbox Live Labs is entirely optional and voluntary. These results are recorded solely for the purpose of testing and improving the service and will not be used to identify you.”

Those who choose to participate, each test completed rewards you with an Avatar item and a zero point Achievement. Three Avatar items and three zero point achievements can be earned for each completed test, including a lab coat, brain helmet, and “crazy mad scientist hair.”

While running the test, you will not be able to participate in activities like: gaming, watching movies or downloading music. You Internet connectivity may be slower than usual as well.

Xbox Live Labs runs from March 10-27 and is open to all members living in the US, and can be accessed through the community channel under its own panel.

After this round of testing, Microsoft will “evaluate when and how,” it will roll this out to other Live regions.

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