Xbox Live Fall Preview beginning [Updated: 48 hours to go!]

We knew it was on the way, and now it's official. The Xbox Live Fall preview program is available for users who previously signed up, at least to add their registration keys to their 360 consoles to download the update.

The program requires users to enter a 25 character key to redeem the update, and the users are under non-disclosure until a later date. It also appears that the key will work on up to three Xbox 360 consoles, allowing them to further test the new dashboard.

The Fall Update for Xbox360 brings a large amount of new features to the platform that have been long awaited, such as Bing Search, Voice Support and the "Metro" design we've seen across most of Microsoft's properties over the last year, bringing it in line with the company strategy.

According to the update page, users won't actually see the update for 3-5 days after entering their codes, and the program will be an ongoing one. It appears the update should be released for all at the end of the program, which is expected to last "about three months." This means we probably won't see it before Christmas, but hey, we can wish right?

Update: ‚ÄčUsers might even see the update sooner than we thought! After entering their code, users are being presented with this screen:

‚ÄčImage Credit: (Dashboard) Engadget. Massive thanks to our Anonymous friend sending in screenshots!

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They accepted pretty much anyone that replied before they closed the registration so it really is not that big of a deal.

Owen said,
They accepted pretty much anyone that replied before they closed the registration so it really is not that big of a deal.
Look at rev23dev's comment.

Same here, very excited to see what MS have cooked up! .. btw kind of surprising that some people claim to be in but then cannot be arsed to actually read the COnnect page with all the info supplied. SOme of the questions here are easily answered if they'd read the Connect site.

@trini18 click on product keys and then generate a key. This will allow you to get access to the app on your xbox. You just need to redeem the code via your box or via xbox.com

That screen isn't really new; I registered shortly after it became available and got that when I completed my registration.

were do you sign in??...am in my dashboard on the connect website but i dont see anything that says xbox live

Public Preview Program: We are sorry, but at this time we are no longer accepting registrations for the Public Preview Program as we have reached our target audience volume.

Damn, I didn't have enough time to get in.

Lucas said,
Public Preview Program: We are sorry, but at this time we are no longer accepting registrations for the Public Preview Program as we have reached our target audience volume.

Damn, I didn't have enough time to get in.

Same, really wanted to try it out

brent3000 said,
I love it how the NDA means nothing to some people lol

Exactly what I thought. I remember it saying that you can say that you're in but release photos and such is prohibited. Oh well.

Kirkburn said,
What part of the above stuff would be under NDA? People haven't got the dashboard to take screenshots of yet.

- DO NOT Post pictures, screenshots, or video clips of the pre-release materials.

I was thinking this... But thats just me...

Fairly sure the screenshots at the top aren't from the beta, but were properly released. The one at the bottom is hardly showing anything important (and isn't actually the beta itself).

Kirkburn said,
Fairly sure the screenshots at the top aren't from the beta, but were properly released. The one at the bottom is hardly showing anything important (and isn't actually the beta itself).

I was referring to the bottom screen shot and as it says "pre-release materials" the download "Console Beta Registration" tool which is seen in the final screen shot is part of the beta

Downloaded and filled in, however I don't see the "Pre-Release Channel" you are meant to see if your registration is successful

Sooo much to do when i get home from work today should be intresting to test out... Lets hope the Aussie Kinect is rolled into the preview

I could have sworn they were targeting a black friday release with this update. Now it looks like we won't see it until the end of January? I want my UI on my XBox centered again. The whole selection being to the very left of the screen bugs the **** out of me and I haven't been able to get use to it.

Looks like I'll try and get on this preview, then. For people who don't care about NDA: is the rumored HBO Go in the preview?

Just incase some of you did not understand or overlooked (like myself), after redeeming the code and downloading the beta app, you have to RUN it afterwards. It can be found in your game library.

ooo, i wonder why the HIGHLY RECOMMEND entering the code on the console and not xbox.com

will do when i get home on friday

Awesome can't wait to get this when I get my new Slim Xbox. My poor old White one is on it's last legs.

So it allowed me to download the registration, but where did the download land? Is that all I need to do? Anyone got this?

jimmyfal said,
So it allowed me to download the registration, but where did the download land? Is that all I need to do? Anyone got this?

Go to your games list and it should be the first option

jimmyfal said,
So it allowed me to download the registration, but where did the download land? Is that all I need to do? Anyone got this?

After the dowload I found it under Games on my XBOX, I started it and accepted the terms and after that it seems that it uploaded some data to Microsoft, when it finished it said to me that I was now offically in the Beta program and that it might take 2 days before I could download the update

Mathachew said,

Go to your games list and it should be the first option

Got it, thanks, that would have sucked to not completed that part and waited even more. Boy I hope they get this right man.

As far as I can make out it seems that just the console app for registering is available, not the actual dash update. It seems this will be another couple of days.

Jan said,
Nothing on my console yet...

Edit: Downloaded and installed the app - really nice and simple. Signed up

trip21 said,
Signed up but nothing happening on my 360....

Registration for the consoles is open, but that's not the same as the preview being available.

trip21 said,
Signed up but nothing happening on my 360....
You should have entered a code, got a download, done the wizard. then dash will come in a few business days