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Access to Xbox One preview program just got more difficult

Microsoft is scaling back the volume of invitations, as the program is reaching a "near-capacity" level.

Xbox One's Preview Program, which lets users test new features and functionality before they are released publicly, is nearing capacity. As such, Microsoft has announced that it is scaling back the volume of invitations it sends to join the private, invite-only program.

"Due to a tremendous response from our fans, the Xbox Preview program has reached a near-capacity level," a Microsoft representative said in the Preview Program's forums. "With that in mind, we are slowing the number of new people we are accepting to optimize for testing. We are thankful for the amount of interest we've received to date and look forward to sharing more details on preview opportunities soon."

One of the key features available now in the Xbox One Preview Program is backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games. This feature will roll out for all Xbox One users in November. In addition, Microsoft has announced that when Windows 10 comes to Xbox One, Preview Program members will get to try it first.

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Are you in the Xbox One Preview Program? How are you liking backwards compatibility and the other new features? Share your thoughts in the comments below.