Microsoft Needs Some Testers For "Xbox Live Labs"

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
Microsoft needs a few guinea pigs for something called “Xbox Live Labs,” a program that runs network tests as you use your Xbox 360. In a recent reveal blog post, Major Nelson states that Xbox Live Labs is simply an initiative to perform tests and increase performance--none of the data will be used to find out who you are or anything.

There’s a catch and a reward for giving Microsoft a hand. The catch is that you won’t be able to do any online gaming or activities that require downloading while you’re running Xbox Live Labs. The reward is a zero point "Thank You" achievement and three pieces of avatar gear that make your little dude look like a mad scientist. See? 
 


If this sounds like something you’d like to do, just head over to the “Community” channel on Xbox Live and then the Live Labs panel inside it. Tests will start at some point today and will run until March 27.
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
Microsoft needs a few guinea pigs for something called “Xbox Live Labs,” a program that runs network tests as you use your Xbox 360. In a recent reveal blog post, Major Nelson states that Xbox Live Labs is simply an initiative to perform tests and increase performance--none of the data will be used to find out who you are or anything.

There’s a catch and a reward for giving Microsoft a hand. The catch is that you won’t be able to do any online gaming or activities that require downloading while you’re running Xbox Live Labs. The reward is a zero point "Thank You" achievement and three pieces of avatar gear that make your little dude look like a mad scientist. See? 
 


If this sounds like something you’d like to do, just head over to the “Community” channel on Xbox Live and then the Live Labs panel inside it. Tests will start at some point today and will run until March 27.
#2 Edited by drumpsycho89 (505 posts) -

KOOL 
 
WERES MY FRIGGIN ACHIEVMANT!!! 

#3 Posted by McNaastyy (114 posts) -

Uhhhh Damn

#4 Posted by PhatSeeJay (3322 posts) -
@drumpsycho89 said:
" KOOL  WERES MY FRIGGIN ACHIEVMANT!!!  "
Chieves are probably also broken! It's madness right now!
#5 Posted by walterkovacsv (94 posts) -

I wonder how long lab takes to do all this crap.

#6 Posted by CastroCasper (1301 posts) -

Meh, I'm alright. What exactly are they testing if they don't want you online? I would think they would be interested in the average gamers internet connection or something.

#7 Posted by PhatSeeJay (3322 posts) -
@kurtdyoung said:
" Meh, I'm alright. What exactly are they testing if they don't want you online? I would think they would be interested in the average gamers internet connection or something. "
They'll probably send large packages back and forth to test different network solutions. They did also say it could slow down your internet connection significantly so I'm assuming they're trying to optimize and improve the download servers and xboxlive MP servers or something like that.
#8 Posted by KarlPilkington (2716 posts) -
@drumpsycho89 said:
" KOOL  WERES MY FRIGGIN ACHIEVMANT!!!  "
Isn't that only for videos?
#9 Posted by Seanakin66 (158 posts) -

I got this done overnight last night, I just put in "set it and forget it" mode before passing out.  Piece o' cake.

#10 Posted by George_Hukas (1317 posts) -

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR BANDWIDTH..
 
You may get NOTHING for completing this shit, like I did.
 
I know its free and stupid, but really.. what a waste.

#11 Posted by ParaParaKing (104 posts) -

So Microsoft is using users, who most likely pay to use their service, to test things and while they are doing that users cannot use the service? Good to see the increased XBox Live subscription money is going directly into some guys pockets instead of improving the service.

#12 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -
@walterkovacsv said:
" I wonder how long lab takes to do all this crap. "
I'm completely amazed that this article lacks what might be one of the most important details about this test. It's 6 hours total to do everything. There's a 30-minute test that must be continuous, an hour point, and a 6-hour point. I believe that after the 30-minutes you can stop and resume at your leisure. You definitely can after the 1 hour point. Your 360 doesn't need to be on for 6 hours straight. You can do three blocks of 2 hours, 4 blocks of 1.5 hours, etc.
#13 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -
@kurtdyoung said:
" Meh, I'm alright. What exactly are they testing if they don't want you online? I would think they would be interested in the average gamers internet connection or something. "
This article is poorly written. They merely warn you that performance will be degraded during the test because it's using a lot of bandwidth. You can do whatever you want while the testing is happening, just not on your 360 because it's in use.
#14 Posted by Radar (887 posts) -

Did it while I was at work. Now my avatar looks like Doc Brown!

#15 Posted by Brackynews (4060 posts) -
@louiedog said:
"I'm completely amazed that this article lacks what might be one of the most important details about this test."
You're right, the test is region limited.
#16 Posted by OldGuy (1547 posts) -

Looks like 1,100+ GB users have already started this... (I let it run while at work yesterday...)...

#17 Edited by Make_Me_Mad (3068 posts) -

Is the site working again?  Still can't seem to post anywhere.
Edit: Except there, apparently.

#18 Edited by big_jon (5723 posts) -

I sighed on yesterday and it said three of my friends were playing this, then it was gone.
 
Weird eh?

#19 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -
@ParaParaKing said:
" So Microsoft is using users, who most likely pay to use their service, to test things and while they are doing that users cannot use the service? Good to see the increased XBox Live subscription money is going directly into some guys pockets instead of improving the service. "
How else are they supposed to perform widespread tests on a massive number of unique situations? I am so sick of people like you acting like they know everything. It's perfectly optional, and it helps improve the service. It's not like you're giving up precious gaming time to make them money, it's to improve the fucking service that you pay for. You could easily set this to run over night and it'd probably waste as much of your time and do as much harm to your 360 as an hour long gaming session. Instead of being arrogant, maybe you should try looking at something for more than two seconds. Or better yet, don't do it! That's why it's optional.
#20 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5411 posts) -

Four more hours left to go on this for me! After the 30 minutes test, you can stop and start it anytime you wish and resume your progress. It's totally optional and not a big deal at all. 

#21 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Wait, they're monitoring network settings and shit, but not letting you do anything that would affect them? I don't know if that makes sense or not.

#22 Edited by StingerMK2 (386 posts) -

ill stick this on before i go out tonight, no sweat, and if it helps live in some little way, cool

#23 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:
" Wait, they're monitoring network settings and shit, but not letting you do anything that would affect them? I don't know if that makes sense or not. "
They are interested in what your connection can do, not what you are actually doing with it.
#24 Posted by Jayzilla (2560 posts) -

way to offer awesome rewards MS! I would think 10K points would have been cooler and like a free 3 month subscription for helping. Seeing as Sony's network is 100% free, this would be a drop in the bucket for MS to do. For Shame!

#25 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
@extremeradical: 
 
But wouldn't that be a good way of figuring out what it can do? For example, if I try to download something, but I can't, Microsoft now knows that my connection can't download shit.
#26 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -
@Video_Game_King: I'm no network specialist, but I think it would be easier to account for if all the network stuff was done with precisely known quantities.
#27 Posted by CarnageOverkill (10 posts) -

haha finished the whole six hours just put it on and went to sleep lol

#28 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -
@extremeradical said:
" @Video_Game_King: I'm no network specialist, but I think it would be easier to account for if all the network stuff was done with precisely known quantities. "
Microsoft is following sound testing properties. They're controlling all the variables by locking down your connection to one setting, which gives them better data. If you change your NAT type in the middle of a test, it's bound to affect the outcome in a negative way. 
 
That said, the fact that this is opt-in-only could prove to invalidate the data anyways,so...
#29 Posted by Hawker (77 posts) -

Oh look, what a surprise, no game labs on my community channel
 
let me guess, US only just like everything else? How wonderful

#30 Posted by misfit13b (27 posts) -

Looking forward to the quick look of this.

#31 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -
@Hawker said:
" Oh look, what a surprise, no game labs on my community channel  let me guess, US only just like everything else? How wonderful "
Its network tests. It makes sense its only in one country. Not sure why this would have to be global. Not at the same time anyway. 
 
Besides, I'm not exactly envious of the ability to lock myself out of my XBox for a while for some crap avatar clothes.
#32 Posted by Jambones (1696 posts) -
@Vito_Raliffe said:
" Four more hours left to go on this for me! After the 30 minutes test, you can stop and start it anytime you wish and resume your progress. It's totally optional and not a big deal at all.  "
After 30 minutes and the first "achievement" I quit the program because I had to go out. I tried it again later, and it started from square one again :|  Probably just my, but if you want to run the thing for the full six hours, you're probably better off doing it one shot to be safe.
#33 Posted by Hawker (77 posts) -
@MysteriousBob:  Well, I dunno about you but I would have thought that worldwide tests would be best, I can forgive them if they choose to roll our tests out a little later, I'd be incredibly annoyed if we didn't get this at all though
 
It's the principle that matters, I'm not interested in avatar clothes, hate the stupid things, but I'm sick and tired of us getting nothing, Catherine? US release, Persona 3 Portable? Still not out here and doubt it ever will be, various competitions? US only, subscription to gameinformer, the only gaming magazine really worth buying? nearly $100 for a 2 year sub, 4x the price the US has to pay. The list goes on and on. We either have to pay extra for the same stuff, or we never get it.
 
Sorry for the rant, but it's just grown really tiring reading new articles, getting myself excited or becoming even mildly interested about something, only to find out it's US only each and every time.
#34 Posted by CrimsonClown (132 posts) -

It's not actually US only, you can just login into a US account, DL the app, and log back into your normal account and fire it up.

#35 Posted by rndmtask (144 posts) -

Got it running now. This will keep me from playing games so I can actually get some work done.

#36 Posted by George_Hukas (1317 posts) -

If you load up Labs and its not your avatar, don't even bother.. its a glitch and you will get nothing

#37 Posted by jozzy (2042 posts) -
@CrimsonClown said:
" It's not actually US only, you can just login into a US account, DL the app, and log back into your normal account and fire it up. "
Why would you do that. They want to test the US situation, people doing this might polute the test results and for what, some avatar clothing?
#38 Posted by MrPilkington (722 posts) -

Why not, it helps the service and it's free.

#39 Posted by Splits (6 posts) -

I did it last night as I slept, and I got some crazy hair and goggles for free.

#40 Posted by Jeffsekai (7027 posts) -

WHY ARE ARTICLES ONLY BEING COMMENTED ON AND WHY DOES NO ONE SEEM TO NOTICE

#41 Posted by Vao (328 posts) -

amazed how optional means people get pissed at it. Doing it now while I'm at work, the hairstyle looks stupidly cool, 

#42 Posted by RAY16 (35 posts) -

My 360 was manufactured on November 26th, 2005. Every RROD-free second is precious, so I don't think I'm going to leave it on to run network tests...¬_¬

#43 Posted by ptc (615 posts) -

Done.  Wondering if getting all three of the 0 pt achivements will count as an S-Rank?

#44 Posted by Hairy_Fish (366 posts) -

Uh, no thanks.

#45 Posted by Wandrecanada (404 posts) -

I'm actually interested in participating to help improve Canadian access but it looks like a localized program that excludes Canada as per usual.  I can understand Netflix and Last.fm not showing up because of rights issues but FFS if you're network testing in North America borders are not barriers!

#46 Posted by buft (3315 posts) -
@jozzy said:
" @CrimsonClown said:
" It's not actually US only, you can just login into a US account, DL the app, and log back into your normal account and fire it up. "
Why would you do that. They want to test the US situation, people doing this might polute the test results and for what, some avatar clothing? "
we want crazy science outfits too
#47 Posted by choffy21 (1376 posts) -

Hmm... I may have been the first person in the world to do this then, considering I started and finished last night.

#48 Posted by JoyfullOFrockets (1177 posts) -

Does this have anything to do with the Xbox Rewards thing?

#49 Posted by Metalman781 (88 posts) -

they are probably looking for cheaters lol

#50 Edited by TorMasturba (1095 posts) -

Seems cool, I mean I'm not going to bother but I feel like they could probably do this in the background somehow without some people knowing... To a degree at least. 
So the fact they're publicly telling us and offering us something for pretty much doing nothing is cool. 
 
On a side note: Their points reward scheme thing is really cool too, they just deposited like 130 MS points into my account for doing what I'd normally be doing in February.  Not much but still, free's free right!

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