Xbox LIVE update preview program opening up registration

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Microsoft is looking for participants again for the new Xbox LIVE dashboard update. Major Nelson posted a message to the community that Xbox is looking for participants to receive a brand new dashboard and other new features.

The Xbox LIVE update preview program sign up is starting right now and will begin rolling out in the next two weeks. Amongst the new dashboard, users will get a chance to experience ESPN on Xbox LIVE, Zune Music services, Netflix search and new updates to the Zune Video and Family Settings.

The Xbox LIVE update program is looking for thousands of participants from all around the world. Users should register right now by following this sign up sheet, and once they have filled out the form, including their gametag, serial and console ID, they will instantly be notified if they have been accepted into the program.

Users should also note, this update is not for the Xbox Kinect, and anyone using the beta will not be able to party chat with anyone outside of the beta.

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I signed up on Sept 22d and still waiting. Has anyone received the new update? I believe Kinect is coming on Nov. 4th. If that's the case, I don't see why bother since everyone is about to get it anyway.

I have been accepted! I feel so special. Us Guinea pigs SHOULD also be the ones that get a bit time discount on Kinect man.

I actually never play any games on my Xbox as I sold them all and only use it for Sky Player, but I signed up and got accepted so I'll give it a go

It's cool that Microsoft is allowing people to preview the new dashboard and I would sign up, but I can't give up Party Chat. That's what makes XBOX so fun.

Wish they'd and hopefully revamp the whole Game Market area. Hate the long list of add-ons being filled with nothing but rockband crap and pushes all the other add-ons I might be interested in. Since there is no order history or date, one might miss their game DLC's. Another feature they should add is the ability for the system to download all patches for every game they own. They have that service for the PS3 only if you are a plus member but since I've been paying 59.99 for all these years for live, you'd think we'd get better improvements on requests from premiums paid since I only use Gold for DLC's, game updates, random MP whenever.

It is good to see Microsoft produce another public beta for Xbox Live. Always a wondeful time trying out the new features and bug testing. Who doesn't love bug testing!?

i hate being a party pooper but when it says "accepted into the program" it doesn't mean your going to get it, just means that your registered for a chance to be picked, its been like this for all the other XBL betas.

dafin0 said,
i hate being a party pooper but when it says "accepted into the program" it doesn't mean your going to get it, just means that your registered for a chance to be picked, its been like this for all the other XBL betas.

Not really, it very much says the firmware update will be pushed to us within the next two weeks.

schiz-o-phren-ic said,
Not able to access chat and some other features? No thanks. I can wait.

Some other features? The only other one is Kinect.

joep1984 said,
Some other features? The only other one is Kinect.
You're right. But, being unable to utilize the ONLY other feature we're paying for (IMO) aside from being able to play MP throughout this whole BETA is not worth it, and for what? To preview something we'll end up getting regardless? Nahh, I'm good.

Again, for me, it's not worth cutting my friends off for. We got quite a crew logging in for some Reach fun and we enjoy chatting amongst ourselves.

Hope that the new UI is like the one leaked or custom. I really like to see also a broader Media Update, where we can play everything that WMP 12 can, and a little more.

Jose_49 said,
Hope that the new UI is like the one leaked or custom. I really like to see also a broader Media Update, where we can play everything that WMP 12 can, and a little more.

Whaaaa? what can you play in WMP12 that you can't play on xbox. I Have 9TB of video, everything from xvid to h.264 with all kinds of containers including .avi and .mkv

it all plays fine on my xbox.

Jose_49 said,
Hope that the new UI is like the one leaked or custom. I really like to see also a broader Media Update, where we can play everything that WMP 12 can, and a little more.

Yeah, I haven't had any issues playing video off the 360.

dotf said,

Whaaaa? what can you play in WMP12 that you can't play on xbox. I Have 9TB of video, everything from xvid to h.264 with all kinds of containers including .avi and .mkv

it all plays fine on my xbox.


Wow, that's a huge amount of videos you got there 0.o. Anyways how the hell you can play .mkv files on an xbox 360?

@LiquidSolstice:
Well, is not that I have "issues" but it would be great if the playback would be broader.

FrostAM said,
The no party chat thing is kind of a bummer for me, but I'll still try to get in when I get home.

it's not 'no party chat' it's party chat ONLY with other participants. we should exchange gamertags.

FrostAM said,
The no party chat thing is kind of a bummer for me, but I'll still try to get in when I get home.

Yeah, that's the reason I didn't even apply, I'll just wait.

dotf said,

it's not 'no party chat' it's party chat ONLY with other participants. we should exchange gamertags.

I know other preview participants can voice chat together. I don't think many people (if any) on my friends list will know about this program or even sign up for it. If you want to add me on Live my Gamertag is Frost AM.

dotf said,

Correct.
Aw hell, I really need to get a wired connection to this Xbox. Party chat already cuts in and out as it is with this wireless connection. I get the feeling this will make it worse.

Silverskull said,
Aw hell, I really need to get a wired connection to this Xbox. Party chat already cuts in and out as it is with this wireless connection. I get the feeling this will make it worse.
How fast does the Xbox generally download stuff? Unless it's seriously slow, seems unlikely to be your connection.

Thanks a lot for posting this, got accepted. I'm really excited to see the new features & UI. Slight bummer about the voice chat, but I've been playing solo lately so that's not too big of a deal.

dotf said,
Will this allow me, as a canadian to access the newly launched netflix.ca?

I was asking myself the same question.

dotf said,
Will this allow me, as a canadian to access the newly launched netflix.ca?

No one is sure yet. but I have signed up to the beta program, got accepted and will see if Netflix works.

Andrew Lyle said,

No one is sure yet. but I have signed up to the beta program, got accepted and will see if Netflix works.

Yep... Same here, I signed up to the program for 2 main reasons :
1. New Dashboard theme or layout, whatever you wanna call it
2. Hope to find Netflix in the Video Marketplace section of my Xbox !!

dotf said,
Will this allow me, as a canadian to access the newly launched netflix.ca?

According to Major Nelson, they are working on Canadian Netflix, but there is not current ETA.

Marshall said,
Oh no, party chat won't be enabled....I guess somehow I'll find the strength to go on living.

Then don't download it

Always happy to try out a new UI. I am also known for moaning over the tiniest details, so if they are looking for feedback, I'm their guy!