July 26th 2012 9:00 am PT

2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta Now Available **UPDATED**

Update: The amount of interest in Xbox LIVE’s first public Beta has been incredible. The Xbox LIVE public Beta is now closed. Later this year our entire Xbox LIVE community will be able to experience all of the great features we will be bringing to your Xbox…Stay tuned!

With our work on the updated dashboard underway, we’re ready to announce an open call for all Xbox LIVE subscribers to participate in the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta.

We need members of our valued community to help us fine-tune this early build of Xbox LIVE. What do you love? What would you like to see improved?

Numbers are limited, so sign up today. If you’re selected as a tester, an update will be pushed to your console once the public beta kicks off. The update will contain select dashboard features, including:

  • Internet Explorer for Xbox
  • Personalized dashboard recommendations
  • Enhanced category search and discovery features

Note: A console in the program is expected to remain fully compatible with standard retail consoles not in the program.

If you would like to participate, please register for the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta here.

You will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for confidentiality reasons.

We also ask that you fill out a brief 5-minute survey at the end of the beta, to let us know what you think.

The 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta is a great opportunity to help the Xbox team by providing early feedback to make Xbox even better.

Thanks for your participation and enjoy!

Edit: Twitter appears to be down, so if be sure to add me to a circle on Google Plus for updates.
Update: Twitter is back up

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

  • odion wilson

    if the browers doesnt have flash they might as well dont bring it out for real

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Isra-Romero/100000706064555 Isra Romero

    I wish they finaly decide to make some changes to the cache and updates sistem… why my 250gb hdd only have space for the last 4-5 updates??? let us asign a determined space for patches and updates, most of them range from 3 to 9 mb so why erase them automatically ?

    • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

      I think that system is on the way out anyway (correct me if I am wrong). I see more and more games are getting their patches downloaded to their respective folder on the harddrive because many patches are getting larger than the cache size limit.

  • http://twitter.com/d0ugl4spimentel Douglas Pimentel

    a simple question, i got 2 keys, i used one, for example, can use the other in my another console?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.cagget Bob Cagget

    1st come 1st serve you guys needed to signup when he just posted this like me then you would have got in and also it is not microsoft’s fault

  • http://www.facebook.com/yannickdittrich Yannick Dittrich

    So the console reg tools says i can registrate 3 consoles. So can i reg my brothers console, so that he can go online with his gamertag?

  • Leo Lorca

    Fail! I miss it :(

  • http://twitter.com/leonardolorca Leonardo Lorca

    Fail! I miss it :(

  • SparkStormrider

    I hope they bring back Netflix Parties.

  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Buster Wolf

    Actually I only see a “Favourites” option that’s customisable. Hopefully it won’t take an eon to load like Quickplay.

  • http://twitter.com/MacUser1986 Michael Dolcin

    Anyone already get the update? I got mine this afternoon, Internet Explorer is really nice and super fast! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/raabidos Louis Jackdaw

    Hm, Internet Explorer is not working…The program is running, but… I type an adress, and nothing happens. :(

    • TheJoker360

      Use Google Chrome instead.

  • http://www.facebook.com/raabidos Louis Jackdaw

    And i can’t see the beta support forum:

    Group Not FoundThe requested Group cannot be found.

  • http://twitter.com/brian19_03 brian bartlett

    this kinda upset me i got on to register 2 mins after i got the text and it was full this will be the frist one in 3 yrs that i won’t get into

  • MacPh1sto

    Yeah Michael I got the update this afternoon too and am posting this with the XBL IE using my chatpad. It does work really well and loads pages fast. And I also LOVE how much faster the Quickplay launcher loads with this update!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Fox/1396218009 Justin Fox

      way to tell ppl info your not allowed to good job. as saying your posting from your xbox is giving out info about the update so you are not following the rules as it states talking about the update in anyway. and your talking about the update and what you can do with it.

      • MacPh1sto

        I did not say anything I’m not allowed to, so thank you. :)

        • http://twitter.com/Navarin Buster Wolf

          The first rule of the Dashboard Preview is you do not talk about the Dashboard Preview.

          Seriously though what you said is little more than “I have the update” so there’s really no problem…

  • http://www.facebook.com/gmanolas George Manolas

    Sucks I went to the link about an hour after it was posted and it was full, I’m usually in it every year, sucks that I’m not this year.

  • http://twitter.com/MythicalWolf77 Mythical Wolf

    Just got it :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Roark/100001012311922 Chris Roark

    Everyone who has the beta, We are on the forums going over a few things.

  • http://twitter.com/ThouTryHard Thou TryHard

    Why Internet Explorer? Everyone uses Google chrome now, if you can’t get them to let you add Google Chrome then have Bing make their own Internet Web Browser.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Fox/1396218009 Justin Fox

      you do know bing is microsoft right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Atraxiify Teddy Jamin

    I would like to register to this Beta, but I’m french : it’s this possible to have one key for testing that ?

  • theConstruct

    DAMMIT! If had been paying attention to my feed I would have seen in time. AURGH!

  • Russell Gorall

    My third console that I bought last year freezes enough on the Dashboard. The IE thing will be interesting if done right, too bad it isn’t Chrome.

    • Nick Peck

      Google can’t even get chrome to work right on tablets/phones half of the time so you aren’t missing anything. Hell, on my ANDROID tablet chrome doesn’t even work with flash most of the time :/ IE on the Xbox looks and works great, but other than testing it I won’t use it.

  • Stewart Guidry

    something to think about for the updates dashboard…when i say “xbox…apps…Netflix” i would love for the Netflix app to start, not take me to a screen that asks me if i want to play it, delete it, or whatever. the same with exiting it. if i wanted to delete anything, wouldn’t the best place for that to be included in the “Apps Marketplace” area.

  • graywolf323

    damn I missed this :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Jimenez/744909576 Junior Jimenez

    internet explorer wow 5 yrs late

  • http://www.facebook.com/Aciidsneaker Mikal Ummel

    Man, can’t believe I missed the sign up! Will there be any more opportunity?

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

      once it get closer to release im sure they will open it up to more people i have it and I like it

  • http://twitter.com/_HunWarrior_ Adler Daniel

    and where i can report if someone break non-disclosure agreement (NDA)

  • http://twitter.com/_HunWarrior_ Adler Daniel

    Where i can report if someone brake non-disclosure agreement (NDA) ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gxl-Redge/100000746050974 Gxl Redge

    IE for X360 needs Flash Player and HTML5 support !

    • http://www.facebook.com/greggw1 Gregg Watson

      I hear ya pain man, a web browser without flash is a major FAIL

  • http://www.facebook.com/JimmyJenks Jimmy Jenks

    I just now registered for the new update beta how long do you think it will take

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.dewitt.5492 Michael DeWitt

    I got accepted but never recieved any emails or codes any ideas?

    • http://twitter.com/lightsup55 Timothy

      You need to go to the Microsoft Connect website, click “My Dashboard” (you may need to
      sign-in), then “Xbox LIVE Update”, then “Product Keys”. Follow the steps
      there to request a new product key.

      Once you have your new product key, use the “Redeem Code” option from
      the Xbox Guide on your Xbox 360 console and download the “Pre-Release
      Console Registration Application” to your Xbox 360.

      After the download completes, launch the “Pre-Release Public” app
      (listed as a “game demo”) and follow the on-screen instructions.

      You can register up to 3 consoles by signing in with the gamertag that
      signed up for the update preview, re-downloading “Pre-Release Console
      Registration Application” from your Download History and running app
      with that same gamertag (noted in the app).

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.ray.9404 Brian Ray

    IT WOULD BE AWESOME IF when you left a player review you could avoid players for LAG or bad connections. the rating system is useless anyways but it would be nice on certain games someone will have a Kmart connection and the only way to avoid is well there is no way to avoid. shouldnt this system be looked into sometimes I’ll avoid someone only to be sent back to that person the next game. playing with people who float around the screen is never fun. If I;m in ky i shouldn;t be paired with people from UK or japan. but it still happens constantly

    • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

      The entire rep system has always been useless. It has been reported on Connect many times in the past, yet it still remains. The player review options should simply be “like” and “avoid” and should only be overriden if there are no other players (like it is now most of the time).
      Only for real complaints should there be those specific options (though a complaint for quitting early would be useless IMHO ;) ).
      Being a douche or a saint on Xbox Live does nothing for your rep stars on your gamertag. A friend of mine made it a sport to get his rep to 1 percent and then get it back up again by being nice to people, but all the time he still had the five stars after the first couple of people had voted on his profile. The only thing 3 stars tells you is that the player is new to Xbox Live or has never played online multiplayer.
      Those stars should be removed from GamerTags and could be replaced with useful information like the amount of games played, like in offline accounts, or the amount of completed games achievement wise (or combined, e.g. 13/77).
      I have no idea if the Zone system actually works as I have been “Underground” ever since I started.

  • Comandante_Guajolote

    This is the first time I’m out of a Beta.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Mclean/563177261 James Mclean

    I just registered for the beta so they are obviously accepting additional beta testers. The link was on Neogaf if it still works.

    • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

      Yes, yes it does according to multiple people, but that link isn’t supposed to be public. MS will probably block it soon and there is no telling if your console actually receives the update after registering it via the Pre-Release Console Registration Application.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Mclean/563177261 James Mclean

    wow, my post up and disappeared

  • http://www.facebook.com/Massamo Timothy Shilleto

    ie on xbox needs flash support

  • http://www.facebook.com/delaisse.mikael Delaisse Mikael

    flash Player ?? video

  • http://www.facebook.com/greggw1 Gregg Watson

    Please allow flash support, a web browser without flash is like an xbox without a hard drive……. pretty useless

  • Russell Gorall

    So, that settles it.

    The Dashboard is overloaded as it is, so they are going to add more stuff to it.

    The time for video apps to load is ridiculous, my wife won’t even use it for that anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/guslarsen Gustavo Larsen

    Where can I post feedback on the 2012 Public Beta? I can not find the correct forum.

    • MacPh1sto

      On the beta homepage on Connect, there’s a Forum Quick Guide link that has a direct link to the private forum (make sure you’re logged in with the correct gamertag first).