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

  • Kammeron Randle

    hmmm what?

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

      bored.

  • Patrick Norris

    Ron thanks for helping people out about the information on the topic. I give you a golden star@twitter-279306751:disqus

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

      Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.ramseyer Andrew Ramseyer

    My console updated but it wasn’t the cloud storage update, only thing I notice is a different icon for people at the dashboard on the freinds tab

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

      This update was 2 days ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.ramseyer Andrew Ramseyer

    lol ok has been a few days, thanks

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

      no problem

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Leon/100002515599502 Daniel Leon

    Man i really want this update already… Hopefully they will give out the update soon. At least im praying they do.

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

      Same cant wait myself feel free to add Deadly Sins 360

      • http://www.facebook.com/supermike18 Mike Wolfe

        what is Deadly Sins 360

        • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

          That would be someone’s gamertag.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Leon/100002515599502 Daniel Leon

    Alright guess i will. 

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

    when are we registering consoles?

    • http://www.facebook.com/tarheel77 BJ Collier

      Hopefully soon.. I cant wait

  • http://twitter.com/WinDevPreview WindowsDeveloperPrev

    Nobody has the new E3 dashboard update, you haven’t even submitted/gone through the new processs to activate your console in the beta program. They are most likely talking about 2.0.13604.0 which is not the new dashboard. I do hope it is released soon, I’m well eager ;) for now, just wait P:

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

    i hope we get it soon1

    • http://www.facebook.com/tarheel77 BJ Collier

      We will prob get the emails within the next week or 2..

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

        i know i wish it was like now lol

        • http://www.facebook.com/tarheel77 BJ Collier

          Agreed.

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

    sooner the better

  • Anonymous

    Can someone explain to me where this icon is?

    • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

      The Xbox Home icon?

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know what he means by the icon on the Connect website. I know it’s on my dashboard but I am looking and I don’t see any icon.

        • http://www.facebook.com/baxter.deberry Baxter DeBerry

          what browser you using?, and it should say xbox live

          • Anonymous

            I am using firefox.

  • http://www.facebook.com/supermike18 Mike Wolfe

    cant wait sweet

  • http://twitter.com/chrisd148 Christopher Dunning

    Can’t wait, it’s always like getting an entirely new console, anyone know if we get the ability to beta test the live tv etc?

    • http://www.facebook.com/tarheel77 BJ Collier

      That hasn’t been mentioned only

      •    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

      • Anonymous

        It says “Other features and entertainment partner apps may come into view during the program period.” right in the post.

        Sounds like the TV stuff to me.

        • http://www.facebook.com/tarheel77 BJ Collier

          Key word being “may”..

    • http://www.facebook.com/Kody.A.Nelson Kody Nelson

      We Dont Know Yet

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=199800220 Jack Barbosa

    I am very excited for this, been in every Beta Test of the Dashboard.. Brings a all new aspect to the console when something new is completely re-invented hah. Anyways feel free to Add Me or Msg Me: JackTheWhack87

  • http://twitter.com/Marquise_518 Marquise

    ok so if i signed upp for the preview am i all set or is there something else to do

    • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

      Just wait for further instructions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511026504 Anonymous

    when will i receive the invite?

    • http://www.facebook.com/tarheel77 BJ Collier

      If you signed up then you will receive an email within the next 2 weeks

  • http://www.facebook.com/cuz.im.thebomb.like.tiktik Mark Bonamico

    i got invited just when will i be able to download?

    • http://www.facebook.com/tarheel77 BJ Collier

      If accepted, you will receive a email within 2 weeks

  • http://twitter.com/DrGreenThumb_NZ Oliver Doel

    New Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile?

    This is Stupid, i dont want my saves/profile held on some server

    • http://www.facebook.com/tysonntaylor Tyson Taylor

      then don’t. it’s optional.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tarheel77 BJ Collier

      This is a GREAT idea.. No more worrying about your hard drive corrupting and losing all the game saves.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Deception975 Jeremy Wiggins

        It is not always the HD’s fault. It could just be a bug in the game.

    • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

      You might be able to keep them stored locally.

    • http://twitter.com/WinDevPreview WindowsDeveloperPrev

      No you’re stupid, it’s new technology which allows you to continue your games with all your saved on other XBOXs, such as your friends. If you have no friends or another console, this is not for you, it’s for other people so show some respect for other people’s needs. You are selfish and all about yourself. Go away.

      • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

        Cloud Storage isn’t new as Steam had it for some time.

      • Anonymous

        Where do you think your profile is currently stored, yes its on your Xbox but it is also on a Microsoft server somewhere, also game saves in the cloud are very welcome not only so that you can play at friends houses but if you accidently delete a save, which I have done, you can get it back again.

    • Anonymous

      noob, u no nothing

    • http://twitter.com/llkj11 Kenneth Washington

      It’s not just some server, it’s Microsoft’s server. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/tysonntaylor Tyson Taylor

    I wonder if the the mini guide will be updated to something new too.

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

    just waitin on my email here i cant wait for it

  • http://www.benjaminkerensa.com Benjamin Kerensa

    The post says signup is closed yet tons of people are still registering and its showing them as active.

  • Jose Antonio Arias Arroyo

    I’m waiting for my email :D, I’m so excited

  • http://twitter.com/09opcp Matthew

    THATS SO DUMB!!! IT DIDN’T WORK ON MAC OS X SO I WENT OUT AND BOUGHT WINDOWS 7 TO INSTALL ON MY MACBOOK PRO!!!! STUFF YOU MICROSOFT!!!!

    • Dyllan Weich

      umadbro

      • passthedutch69

        MS pwn

    • Anonymous

      LOLOLLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    • Anonymous

      LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    • Anonymous

      It worked fine on my Mac.  Did you try it with Chrome or Firefox?

    • http://www.facebook.com/tysonntaylor Tyson Taylor

      lies

  • http://ninjajesus.myopenid.com/ Aaron Benton

    Can’t wait!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VQVZIB5CLPG34XI7MT7RLN7D4Q chris

    The link wouldn’t load all night for me due to high number of people trying to get registered. 
    Now it’s closed.
    Another preview I’ve missed out on this year.

    • Anonymous

      to bad for you =)

  • Anonymous

    Wowowow! When we signed up is that a guarantee we get to preview it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1702822567 Daniel Baxley

    NOOOO no key anymore now i am waiting for long time to test one beta

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.vogt3 Robert L Vogt

    Hope they release the beta today :)

  • http://twitter.com/Jatoskopie Marian

    Ok, I’m waiting :). I have to get in, I’m waiting since june :(.

  • http://twitter.com/Jatoskopie Marian

    I have a feeling, they’re gonna relase it on tuesday

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

    and the wait is on

  • Anonymous

    “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)”

    That was one of the kickers of the last Preview/Beta… but to be clear I will still be able to play Forza 4 online and use all its features?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Knu2Lav Knut Olav Gleditsch

    “You can check on your status my referring to your Connect Dashboard page and the icon in the upper right corner.”What icon?

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

      i dont see the icon i see the welcome message on the updat home page

      • http://www.facebook.com/Knu2Lav Knut Olav Gleditsch

        The icon will show up when the review program has been sent out….

    • Arseny Kravchenko

      If you have (will have) any pending actions that you need to do in any connection, that you are part of. you will see an icon of a pending actions in your Connect Dashboard. Currently (related to the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program) there are no actions pending from the participants (of this program), so no such icon is shown there.

    • Sithus X

      Yeah… really? Where is this icon?

  • Anonymous

    “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)”

    This was one of the kickers of the last Preview / Beta.. so long as it doesn’t effect Forza 4 I’m happy.

  • Anonymous

    “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)”This was one of the kickers of the last Preview / Beta… So long as it doesn’t effect Forza 4 I’m good :)

    • Anonymous

      Ugg sorry for the multi posts….. DISQUS says im not verified and cant post till then. Seems I could…

      • Arseny Kravchenko

        Go to your DISQUS Dashboard on disqus.com and log in. You then will be able to customize your profile and even edit/remove own posts on any site that you posted on.

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

    Anyone know where this icon is? I can’t seem to find it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001083208026 Coby Leist

      dont see one either.

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.vogt3 Robert L Vogt

      i dont see one either i think they will put in the icon when the beta launches

  • http://twitter.com/JoshuaMcClain Joshua McClain ✔

    Any one else getting a error screen when trying to view the connect website? I hit Sign In, and it takes me to a error page.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Knu2Lav Knut Olav Gleditsch

      I got that too when I used the link on Major Nelsons blog, but if I went directly to the MS Connect site, I got in…

  • http://twitter.com/Jatoskopie Marian

    Hey guys, did you receive a message on your screen saying “congratulations”, after you registered? If you did, you’re in (you will get the update)! I asked @XboxSupport, so I’m not making this up ;D.

    • http://twitter.com/Jatoskopie Marian

      Can’t belive it, soooo excited :D!

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

    i see this in welcome message Welcome to the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program. As a valued member of
    the program, we’re excited to have you here and look forward to your
    active involvement in this installment of the Xbox Preview Program. does this mean im in too

    • http://twitter.com/Jatoskopie Marian

      I think you’re in, but If you wanna be 100% sure, you can ask @XboxSupport via Twitter :). If you do, please inform us, what they told.

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.vogt3 Robert L Vogt

      Your best bet is to wait and see lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Capano/100000648946270 Joey Capano

        People are getting exited over nothing, everyone got this message ”
        Welcome to the Xbox LIVE Update Program!
        We are looking forward to your active participation in the program and hope
        that you will check back in here on a regular basis to stay informed and
        involved with the latest updates happening in the program. To access the latest
        information available for the program click on the links in the left-hand
        navigation bar or the specific content links below. It means you sucessfully registered and now they will choose who gets in and email us with a confirmation.

        • http://twitter.com/X420 Michael

          Exactly.

    • Josh Dorgu

      YOU ARE IN!!! AND SO AM I!! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/alec.stocks Alec Jonathon Stocks

    When is the new dashboard due out?

    • http://twitter.com/Jatoskopie Marian

      November 25, according to the site “GigaOM”.

      • http://www.facebook.com/alec.stocks Alec Jonathon Stocks

        Thanks

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

    i guess im in then just awaiting the next step then

    • http://twitter.com/Jatoskopie Marian

      Did you contact @XboxSupport?

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

    yes

    • http://twitter.com/Jatoskopie Marian

      Ok :). I hope the’re not wrong about this update.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Hunwarrior Adler Daniel

    Hope the update start soon.

    • http://twitter.com/Jatoskopie Marian

      I have a feeling it’ll hit our consoles on tuesday

      • http://www.facebook.com/Hunwarrior Adler Daniel

        yea :) Tuesday always patch day :P but i think or tomorrow if not then only Monday.

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

    soon my friend feel to deadly sins 360 if online

  • Josh Dorgu

    I GOT ACCEPTED!! YEAHH

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

      im in to just waitn on Register My Console area to open up

    • http://www.facebook.com/Knu2Lav Knut Olav Gleditsch

      Did you get an email or did you just notice it on MS Connect?

      • Josh Dorgu

        I noticed it on MS Connect

        • http://www.facebook.com/Knu2Lav Knut Olav Gleditsch

          How? In the dashboard or something? :)

  • Johnny Kelly

    How u known if u accepted

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.vogt3 Robert L Vogt

    Please release the beta to the wild all ready 

  • http://www.facebook.com/Knu2Lav Knut Olav Gleditsch

    Looks like the connect site is down…can’ sign in.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Mares/1483470457 Mark Mares

      Happened to me. Reset your browser, or try a different one. Works like a charm!

      • http://www.facebook.com/Knu2Lav Knut Olav Gleditsch

        Thanks, change of browser did it :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D4YOF3JOJ76EML4I44P6DLUPYI Max

    just got in before this link finished hope it comes out soon

  • http://www.facebook.com/Knu2Lav Knut Olav Gleditsch

    If I registered and I can enter the “Welcome to the Xbox LIVE Update Program!” and the “how to register” site site on MS Connect, does that mean that I got in?

    • Arseny Kravchenko

      I see the first page, but not the second one. Could you please show exactly where to find the second site?

      • http://www.facebook.com/Knu2Lav Knut Olav Gleditsch

        The “how to register” site?

        • Arseny Kravchenko

          Yes.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Knu2Lav Knut Olav Gleditsch

            Hmm…site is now gone :/ Strange… Only the Welcome site is left.

          • Arseny Kravchenko

            yeah… but.. can you remember where you saw it? On the list of connections in Dashboard? As a page somewhere in the Xbox LIVE Update program site (the one with the first message shown)? Somewhere else? If you went into that page, what did it say? ;)

          • http://www.facebook.com/Knu2Lav Knut Olav Gleditsch

            On the left side, I think.. Where the Remove from Dashboard is.. Not sure, though.

          • Arseny Kravchenko

            Okay. Strange things happen, I agree ;) Let’s wait for the mail…

 

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