September 22nd 2010 5:18 pm PT

Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program



I am happy to announce that we’re doing an Xbox 360 System Update Preview program for our next release, and the opportunity to sign up is now available. The Preview Program will give you the chance to check out ESPN on Xbox LIVE, Zune music, Netflix search, the new Xbox LIVE dashboard, and new updates to Zune video and Family Settings on your Xbox 360*.  Much like we did last year, you’ll need to visit the Microsoft Connect site from this link and sign in with your Windows LIVE ID that is connected to your Xbox LIVE Gamertag.  Once you complete the survey that is presented to you, the Connect site will notify you immediately if you’ve been accepted.  A couple of points before you head off to register:

We’re looking for multiple thousands of participants, so your chances of making it in are good.
•This is not for Kinect. You will not be receiving a Kinect sensor if you are chosen to participate.
•This opportunity is open to all Xbox LIVE Members in regions where Xbox LIVE is available.
•To avoid any problems, read the survey carefully and double check all the information your provide.
•While both Xbox LIVE Gold and Silver members can sign up, Priority will be given to Gold members in the selection process.

I’ll be sure to updated this post if the program fills up.

Sign up for the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program

Good luck!

*Not all features are available in all Xbox LIVE regions. Netflix subscription required to use Netflix features. An ISP that supports ESPN 3 is required to use ESPN features. Xbox LIVE Gold Account required to use some features

Update: We have as many people as we need right now, and registration is now closed. If we need any more, I’ll make a post.



Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • vf142ghostrider

    I’m signed up, it’s time to launch!

  • Lord Of Blah

    So if I got the “Thank you for your interest in participating. We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into the program.” page, I’m in, no matter what? Correct?


    And by the time I get home, its closed! AAHHHHHHHHH!!

  • Piscesluvr

    hey Major, why not include in the “A couple of points before you head off to register:” section that you will need your Console ID and Serial Number? And maybe where to find them on I tried to do this at work, couldn’t find those two and gave up. Then by the time I get home, guess what? Too late. I don’t get it, my Xbox Live, Windows Live, MSDN and Microsoft Connect accounts are all linked together, yet I still have to jump through hoops to sign up for some beta.

  • Biomedical Fire

    I wish they would’ve sent out e-mails letting us know that this Beta test was going to b happening like they’re supposed to. Because I found out a little too late, plus I think those of us who participated in the NXE beta should’ve been automatically signed up to of participated in the Beta test!

  • Lestat Phoenix

    Question, My ISP does not offer ESPN3, does this mean that I wont be able to use this option on the 360?

  • shadaik

    “ESPN on Xbox LIVE, Zune music, Netflix search, the new Xbox LIVE dashboard, and new updates to Zune video and Family Settings on your Xbox 360″
    So, not a single positive new feature (the new dashboard is hideous, parental controls usually superficial cause most Xboxes are adult-owned) will be available outside the US? Why are you doing this update again?

  • USG Conqueror

    I signed up before Major Nelson posted the message saying they have all the people they need how can I see if I have been accepted or not?

  • SharkOon 7


    Same to me. I hope, that they fixed the Dashboard lag and that you can still use the old themes. They might changed the sign code of a Xbox 360 data, so gamerscore hacking by None-Jtags will be inhibited for a unknown time. We’ ll see. Thank’ s Major.

  • Competetor

    I got accepted. Is the new dashboard for Kinect?

  • PrimeMovr

    Looking forward to it, thanks for the invite!

  • Dont be nasty

    Is there a proper feature list somewhere?

  • BoLt x AkTii0nZ

    You can’t do chat because there is a new AUDIO CODEC for voice chat. my friend has the update to and cant chat with over private/party chat. This is totally normal. you guys will have the voice quality that is like SKYPE. sow BIG AND GOOD DEAL !!! if you ask me =)

  • DRO Sandstorm

    anyone thinks they might ship it this weekend to us

  • ck2875

    i was hoping for it to go live this weekend. if i am remembering correctly, they sent out the first wave on a friday last year and then followed with more on the next monday. i’m just hoping this isn’t broken down into waves again.

  • CrazyCake

    Can’t wait for the beta hope it starts soon :)

  • OUgroundGAME

    Looking forward to this. Just got hooked up last night with 20 Mbps Cox internet, so I can actually take advantage of the ESPN app now.

  • VinceRedux

    Cool, Accepted !!

  • BoLt x AkTii0nZ

    I have the dashboard and for SOME REASON !!! i can’t connect to xbox live anymore

    MAJOR NELSON !!! **** HELP ME !!!

  • CrazyCake

    @BoLt x AkTii0nZ

    How do you have the dashbord already? Also try and turn it off and back on and see if that helps i know there not the same system but thats what i do for my ps3 and i get connect again sorry i can’t really think of much other than that epically if your internet is fine w/ everything else

  • Aynodok

    @BoLt x Aktii0nZ: Do you have the update because the console notified you abouta new update available or downloading the new dashboard from the internet? If you downloaded it, then it’s your fault and you won’t be able to connect to xboxlive until the official launch (or the preview if you’re in) of the new dashboard.

  • Kendoisonfire

    He will have the update that was leaked on the internet which disables your xbox live.

  • BoLt x AkTii0nZ

    no i downloaded it from xbox live itself =S and now it is blocking me from internet =S i tried everything… Now I need to wait till the preview update. I’m in it you know =S because I can go on the closed forum topics about the update and I can give feedback on microsoft connect =S

  • Sr LeungJan

    I would like to partipate in this program… ;)

  • nightmare510

    I normally don’t comment but I thought I would let major Nelson know that I saw the new dashboard update leaked on YouTube. That’s all

  • CrazyCake

    Anyone have a good guise of when the dashbord program beta will be out?

  • WannaBeatle1

    that shows ya how much I pay attention (never did in school, either, thank you)..I wasn’t aware of the Kinnect preview-d-ohh!!!

  • II EV0L 0NE II

    The Kinect Preview was invatation only…. This is a open beta..

  • Zero IXI

    So I won’t be able to talk to any of my friends who got into this beta? Mega-lame!

  • MaXeLL01

    Too late, i wanted to join the beta :(

  • CrazyCake

    I know they announce that they’ve started to roll out the updates but just wondering if anyone has the update already?

  • II EV0L 0NE II

    CrazyCake proof….. please…

  • CrazyCake


    I’m not saying that people have the update already i was wondering if the people that signed up for it like i have are already getting the program beta dashbord. Sorry for the confusing

  • CrazyCake


    I meant that they haven’t announced the date for the program but was wondering if anyone had it already

  • II EV0L 0NE II

    @CrazyCake (I know they announce that they’ve started to roll out the updates ) <—– Where did you hear that?

  • II EV0L 0NE II

    Ohhh ok… I’m sure they will announce that they started to roll out the updates…. Like they have in the past ..

  • CrazyCake

    yea, i just hope they release soon :) sorry for the confusion lol


    how did ppl get in da kinect preview

  • II EV0L 0NE II

    @TwentTANGOsDOWN It was invite only.. People that were in previous Xbox Live Preview Programs got invited by email… I was invited but did not get accepted for the Kinect Beta :(



  • Bklynempire

    Which survey do i apply for because i don’t see Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program as am option

  • II EV0L 0NE II

    @Bklynempire Major Nelson Posted an Update: We have as many people as we need right now, and registration is now closed. If we need any more, I’ll make a post.


    wen will i get da update

  • Bklynempire

    ok thanks for the info

  • OUgroundGAME

    I’m hoping when I get home from work in the morning, the update prompt will welcome me. Knowing my luck, I will be the last wave at the very end though. At least i’m in, so I guess I shouldn’t complain.

  • RANDY 81818181

    well i have been accepted now is just a matter of waiting to see what happens

  • Pepsi2007

    im hoping i get this update soon i was accepted – now just paitintly waiting

  • Lord Of Blah

    @TwentTANGOsDOWN (How did ppl get in da kinect preview?)

    You had to be in all of the previous previews and get an invite-only code from Microsoft in your email.

  • ck2875

    @Lord of Blah — You didn’t have to be in ALL of the prior previews. Last fall I told a friend about the preview who hardly even uses his xbox and he got in the Kinect beta and I didn’t even get an email.

  • Goodeye84

    @Lord Of Blah and @ck2875

    They chose who they chose based of statistics and demographics. Being in all other previous beta’s helped but was not a for sure into the Kinect beta.