Xbox Live Labs Now Testing XBL in the US
Written Friday, March 11, 2011 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Microsoft has rolled out the Xbox Live Labs in the US, a voluntary and entirely optional testing program that runs network tests on your console to hopefully help improve the Xbox Live service in future. Participating in Xbox Live Labs will see a number of tests being run on your console and any results recorded are for testing purposes only, so it won't be used to identify you.
While Xbox Live Labs is running, you won't be able to access other Xbox Live functions like online gaming, streaming movies or downloading music, but you can be safe in the knowledge that you're doing your bit to help improve Xbox Live and get some Avatar rewards for your trouble.
Unlocking three zero point achievements, running each of Xbox Live Labs' tests will net you a lab coat, brain helmet and crazy mad scientist hair for your XBL Avatar, which is a nice little reward for not doing very much.
Xbox Live Labs might slow down your internet connection while it's running, but you can always wander off and have a cup of tea while it's working. To sign up to Xbox Live Labs, which is currently running from now until March 27th in the US only, simply sign in to Xbox Live, head to the Community Channel and click on the Xbox Live Labs panel. Go on. Help improve Xbox Live!
[Via Major Nelson]