Microsoft is likely finished with the major sticking points of its upcoming Windows 10 19H1 build (aka the April 2019 Update), which means that the company is primarily putting the final touches on this next major release. The folks in Redmond have just pushed out Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18334 to the Fast ring, and it primarily brings enhancements that are aimed at gaming.
In particular, Microsoft is wanting gamers to pay particularly close attention to gaming performance with this latest build, so as an added incentive, it is allowing testers to try out State of Decay for free. According to Microsoft, this free offer is only available for a limited time and there are a “small number of slots” available for the taking.
In order for Windows Insiders to access the State of Decay free-play, the company has posted the following details:
- If you have an Xbox Live Gamertag, go to step 2 below. If you don’t have a Gamertag, use your Microsoft Account (MSA) to log into https://account.xbox.com and create an Xbox account. Once completed, you will see your Gamertag in the top right of the page.
- Install the Xbox Insider Hub app on the PC you’ll be flighting on (link opens in Store app).
- Sign in to the Xbox Insider Hub with your Gamertag.
- Select Insider Content in the upper left.
- Select State of Decay.
- Click Join.
- If not redirected, click the Show in store button to launch the Store app.
- Install the State of Decay test game to your machine from the Store app
- Launch State of Decay and try it out! NOTE: State of Decay is rated M for Mature.
- As part of the game launch, you’ll be prompted to install DirectX. This is for testing purposes, so go ahead and do the install, and the game will launch afterwards.
- If you find any issues with the install, or if the game fails to launch, please file a Feedback Hub bug under the Microsoft Store category (pick Download or Install depending on your issue), and include WindowsGamingFeedback in the title.
Microsoft notes that if you aren’t accepted into this initial round of State of Decay free-play, there will be other opportunities over the coming weeks. For a full list of improvements, fixes, and known issues with this latest build, check out Microsoft’s blog post here.
Given its naming, we should expect the full public release of the Windows 10 April 2019 Update in, well, April. And hopefully, Microsoft won’t have as many issues with this release as it did with its current release — the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
Looking to the future, Microsoft already extended invitations for testers to sign up for Windows 10 19H2 builds via its Skip Ahead track in Windows Update.