October 12th 2011 12:00 pm PT

Xbox LIVE Public Preview Program *UPDATED*

Update: Registration is now closed. See the note at the bottom of this post for details

At E3 we announced the new Xbox LIVE dashboard which will deliver intuitive navigation, increased responsiveness and improved engagement with Xbox experiences – all beginning this holiday. Now that our work on the dashboard is almost complete, we are announcing an open call for all Xbox LIVE members to register to participate in a preview program to help us test the system. This is an important program as we continually strive to ensure the reliability of a service that reaches tens of millions globally. We could not do so without the ongoing help of our great community. 

Once this program is kicked off, an update will be pushed to your console that will contain select dashboard features, including:

    •    New design for integrated Kinect and controller navigation
    •    New Beacons to play online with friends
    •    Deeper Facebook integration
    •    New Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile

Other features and entertainment partner apps may come into view during the program period.

Note: A console in the program is expected to remain fully compatible with standard retail consoles not in the program. (e.g. party chat will function)

For those familiar with previous registrations for our program, we have a new model for registering your consoles this year.  The new model is a more automated process that should make it easier for you.  We will not ask you to type in your console information upon initial registration; once you are approved to participate in the program, look for details on our portal about how to register your console.

Click here for the initial register for the Public Preview.

The latest information will be available to you via the www.connect.microsoft.com/xboxliveupdate program portal.


UPDATE
: Thank you for your interest in the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program! Sorry, at this time we are no longer accepting registrations for the program as we have reached our target audience volume. Please be on the lookout for additional opportunities in the future to participate in Xbox LIVE Update Preview programs. For those of you that have successfully completed registration we will be reaching out to you once we are ready to take you through the next steps – within the next 2 weeks. You can check on your status my referring to your Connect Dashboard page and the icon in the upper right corner.

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

  • Anonymous

    Registered! Hopefully i get into the beta. 

    Email: ranbir2010@live.com Thank you So Much Guys! First time registering XBL Beta

  • Anonymous

    Resgistered!

    Hopefully i get into one :) First time :)

  • http://twitter.com/gummistar Michelle Moreno

    Yes, I was able to register…I thought I’d missed it.

  • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

    If you are interested in signing up, I recommend you do so ASAP…we are very close to capacity and will probably be closing registration VERY soon.

    • Julian Jukas

      Are you using the new Dashboard on your Xbox (es)? :-)

    • Josh Dorgu

      I am VERY interested in signing up but it isn’t working. Hasn’t worked since I tried in the morning.

  • http://twitter.com/Zacabeb John Arnström

    How good are the chances of being accepted after registration? Just curious. Same as past previews (good but no guarantee)?

  • Anonymous

    I registered, I just hope I get in I love my Zune and WP7 just waiting for my Xbox to go metro!

  • Josh Dorgu

    I can’t sign in! The site has crashed!! NOOOOO! FML!

  • Josh Dorgu

    Major don’t do this to me!! I live in the UK and the login site isn’t working!! 

  • http://twitter.com/JxAdams_CoI Jordan Adams

    Phew! Registered just in time! So glad I did, I hope I get accepted. The new dashboard looks amazing, especially with YouTube and all the other new things available!

  • http://twitter.com/JxAdams_CoI Jordan Adams

    Josh, I just registered fine and I live in the UK… Try doing it again. 

    • Josh Dorgu

      Maybe its not meant to be…

  • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

    IF i regestered about 10 mins ago do you think i will get in?

    • Josh Dorgu

      There is a higher chance of you getting in than me so yeah

  • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

    Keep Trying dude, no need to give up !

    • Josh Dorgu

      I’ve tried more than 10 times and it keeps failing. It isn’t letting me sign in

    • Josh Dorgu

      Oh well I’ll just wait until 25th November :P

  • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

    :-/

    • Josh Dorgu

      Lol dont worry. I’ll just have to hope that Major Nelson reads my comment :P

      • http://twitter.com/Jatoskopie Marian

        Hey, maybe you should tweet @XboxSupport

        • Josh Dorgu

          Thanks, I will try :)

  • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

    @MajorNelson:disqus Will You Close The Signup Once You Hit Full Capacity?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susana-Joyner/100000866199241 Susana Joyner

    I tried registering  last night, but the page kept telling me I hadn’t answered a question, which indeed I had. I tried again a few minutes ago and now the site is down. This is pretty frustrating….

    • Josh Dorgu

      Happened to me as well! So annoying!! :P

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susana-Joyner/100000866199241 Susana Joyner

        Lame. Let me know if you end up getting in. Gl :)

        • Josh Dorgu

          Nope I have now given up :P It’s 9pm (UK) and its gonna be closed soon so yeah. Better luck next time :P Did you get in??

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susana-Joyner/100000866199241 Susana Joyner

            I was just able to sign up. I was previously using Firefox, when I thought of using IE. When I used IE it worked. I imagine if I had deleted my cookies and stuff on Firefox, that would have done the trick as well. Try it. Hope that helps.

          • Josh Dorgu

            Thanks I will try

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susana-Joyner/100000866199241 Susana Joyner

            *Crossing fingers for you* :P

          • Josh Dorgu

            I LOVE YOU!!!!!! YEAHHHHH WOOOOOOOOOHHHHH IT WORKED!! <3

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susana-Joyner/100000866199241 Susana Joyner

            LOL. Awesome! This is srsly the first time I’ve ever helped anyone on a gaming forum, ever. Big day for me :P.

  • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

    Does Everyone Who Applies Get in? 

    • Josh Dorgu

      nope

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000425513548 Stuart Pentelow

    Will all who enter get in? Does it require having a kinnect device in the questions to get in?

  • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

    I Hope I Get in, ill be staying tuned for ever!

    • Josh Dorgu

      I am trying one last time!! FINGERS CROSSED :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000425513548 Stuart Pentelow

      same :( Hope im not singled out just because I didn’t buy kinnect -.-

  • Anonymous

    When are they gonna confirm? I mean, somebody has been accepted?

  • http://twitter.com/FoRePLAaY Clivie Duplessis

    i signed up this morning like 5 nothing happen 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000425513548 Stuart Pentelow

      Yeah your fine Im sure once you sign up, we wait for a email or an annoucement telling us how to register our consoles but probably it will be sent to only like half or 25% of the people who signed up

  • http://twitter.com/Jatoskopie Marian

    I have to get it :)! I’m checking Major’s Twitter, and blog for the past 13 hours… Crazy o.O

  • Josh Dorgu
  • http://twitter.com/FoRePLAaY Clivie Duplessis

    i dunoo why but i just sign up this morning and it worked 

  • http://twitter.com/Jatoskopie Marian

    “So sign up now if you want in…. ” (Major’s Twitter) – Does that mean, everyone who registred gets it?

    • http://twitter.com/tobi_lab tobias coulture

      i sureee hope so!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lphkrazed John Greene

    must be too god to be ture

  • http://www.facebook.com/lphkrazed John Greene

    must be too good to be true

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grant-Gordon/784030370 Grant Gordon

    omggg beta

  • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

    did people get it yet?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000425513548 Stuart Pentelow

      Don’t think so… we wait maybe a day or two see if we have gotten the annoucement or maybe a email

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002464028340 Brandon Beasom

    i just signed up hope i get in :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/lphkrazed John Greene

    i never got email and still got in

    • http://twitter.com/Jatoskopie Marian

      Didn’t get any mail too. Now I’m confused, I don’t know anymore if I’m in, or not. o.O

    • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

      you got the update already?

  • Jason Christopher

    Cloud storage would have been key a few years ago when i had 3 xbox’s. Still pumped either way.

    • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

      U got the update?

      • Jason Christopher

        Haha, No. Just did the initial sign up. Cant wait to get approved.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Keyth-Thomas-Kirtley/100000178226757 Keyth Thomas Kirtley

    Guys, this is just a registration form. If you read the final message after submitting your application is says the program will continue in the next few weeks and you will receive an E-mail informing you of your position.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susana-Joyner/100000866199241 Susana Joyner

      Hope this post doesn’t go unnoticed, as the final message after registering clearly was.

  • Josh Dorgu

    If you’ve got Kinect I think there is a higher chance of being accepted

    • http://twitter.com/Zacabeb John Arnström

      Maybe but not necessarily. I think they want to gather an even demographic spread so that all features are well tested in the wild. Obviously Kinect is important as it’s one of the big reasons they are making the design change, but a lot of the the features need testing in non-Kinect setups as well.

      Still, I’m hoping that most of the people who have signed up will also get in. They’re gonna need the feedback.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyler-Wilkinson/1026341305 Tyler Wilkinson

    its not letting me sign up it wont let me hit accept???

    • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

      Use a Different Browser, 

  • http://twitter.com/TechnicGB Gabriel Varela

    dont use iphone to sign up. u are warned

    • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

      lol

      • http://twitter.com/TechnicGB Gabriel Varela

        ron! u have commented so much! i can tell ur excited

        • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

          :D

  • Anonymous

    cant wait i hope i get it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyler-Wilkinson/1026341305 Tyler Wilkinson

    thanks ron lol i guess cause i was using safari lol it didnt let me XD 

    • http://twitter.com/TechnicGB Gabriel Varela

      google chrome does great (recommended)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyler-Wilkinson/1026341305 Tyler Wilkinson

    when does it start????? and yeah i used google chrome till i got a virus on it and it didnt work so i used safari for a long time then i fixed my laptop but was too use to safari

  • Patrick Norris

    When do we sign up our consoles?

    • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

      Hopefully Soon.

  • Kammeron Randle

    MEAP! EXCITED!

    • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

      MEAP?

  • Kammeron Randle

    LOL IDK!

  • Kammeron Randle

    IDK! My friend was walking around saying it. I am excited.

  • Kammeron Randle

    You have been watching this for a while. You have comments through out. I set my homepage to the microsoft connect portal. LOL.

  • Kammeron Randle

    When do they start registering the consoles?

    • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

      Im not sure, hopefully soon though.

  • Kammeron Randle

    This is my first time in the program. I have a question. What happens after the register the consoles?

    • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

      They Had you type in your console info (id exc..) before. the register process there doing now is new. im not sure how that works. but after that is done. you will receive an update on your console and an email with information about it after about 1-2 weeks. if you qualified.

  • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

    @majornelson have you reached the cap? 

    • Arseny Kravchenko

      it’s 3pm Pacific now and he said that registrations will be closed at the end of the DAY, in his previous comment. So the registrations are open at least for several hours more.

  • Kammeron Randle

    How much people can they let in?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000425513548 Stuart Pentelow

      We don’t know… all we know is that its close to closing within 1 day of it being live

    • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

      quite a bit i believe

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Volino/862320423 Mark Volino

    Will I still be able to connect to Xbox Live? Because last time there was a preview program my friend couldn’t connect to Xbox Live.

    • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

      Yes You Will be able to connect. if you are updated in a proper way, not by using a leaked version of some sort. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cody-Bailey/100000386670754 Cody Bailey

    OK WTF i registered not long after it started and i dont have it yet but some people do

    • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

      I Dont think anyone has updated there console yet.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cody-Bailey/100000386670754 Cody Bailey

        Hmmmm  they must be lying then

        • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

          Highly Probable.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cody-Bailey/100000386670754 Cody Bailey

            yeah    thanks

            I cant wait for it

          • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

            same.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cody-Bailey/100000386670754 Cody Bailey

            I just hope I get it before skyrim is out

          • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

            Everyone will have it on Nov 25, 

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cody-Bailey/100000386670754 Cody Bailey

            yeah

  • http://twitter.com/RonsxD Ron LaPlante

    hmmm

 
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