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Microsoft trialing new disc format for Xbox 360

The prerequisite is that you are an Xbox 360 owner based in USA as Microsoft won't send out the new discs worldwide

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Microsoft Xbox 360 owners from the USA will have a chance to sign up for the System Update Preview program which will help Microsoft test a new technology disc format that it intends to use for Xbox 360 games.

The prerequisite is that you are an Xbox 360 owner based in USA as Microsoft won't send out the new discs worldwide. It is also a plus if you are a Xbox Live Gold member as it will give you a better shot over Xbox Live Free users.

"We are conducting an open call for US based participants for a public preview to help us prepare for an updated Xbox 360 disc format," said Xbox Live community manager Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb. "This is an important update as we continually strive to improve our products and we could not do so without the help of our great Xbox community. As part of the preview program, you will receive a copy of Halo: Reach along with other possible rewards."

Signing up is quite simple, all you have to do is visit the Microsoft Connect site and sign it with your Windows Live ID (which is linked to your Gamertag) and complete a survey to determine whether you are fit to enter the preview program. Microsoft says it will be selecting thousands of participants to try out the new media.

The new disc format technology is said to be an improvement over the current DVDs used for Xbox games. The current technology made for some games to come out on two or more discs like Mass Effect 2.  Hopefully the new media will allow for enhanced storage in the same way that games for the PS3 use high capacity Blu-Ray discs.