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Microsoft Wants You To Test Their Network With Xbox Live Labs

by Rainier on March 10, 2011 @ 10:32 a.m. PST

As a part of Microsoft's ongoing commitment to improve Xbox Live, it is are rolling out an optional testing program called Xbox LIVE Labs which performs a number of network tests from your console to Xbox Live.

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.

If you choose to participate, each completed test rewards you with a cool Avatar item and a zero point achievement as a thank you for your contribution.

There are a total of three Avatar items and three zero point achievements that you can earn for each completed test, including a lab coat, brain helmet, and crazy mad scientist hair!

Xbox Live Labs runs from March 10-27 and is open to all Xbox Live members living in the United States.

You will not be able to participate in other Xbox Live activities, such as gaming, watching movies or downloading music, while running Xbox Live Labs, and your Internet connectivity may be slower than usual. Sound good? Sign into Xbox Live and head over to the community channel where you’ll see the Xbox Live Labs panel. Click on it to download the testing app and the rest is pretty much self-explanatory.

The Xbox Live Labs testing application is currently available in the US only. After this round of testing, we’ll evaluate when and how we’ll roll this out to other Xbox Live regions.

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