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

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

    I hope our feedback is listened to this time instead of everything made worse yet again. Particularly the Game Marketplace and Game Library being a total MESS.

  • Guest

    Missed out on this! Noooooooooo!
    Please let more people into the beta. Please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.koughan.9 Mike Koughan

    I’ve filled out the form (twice now), and when I hit “submit” it just keeps taking me back to the nomination survey. Any suggestions as to what I’m missing? All required fields are filled in.

  • Shonk .

    Program is not accepting nominations for this time.

    If this
    error continues, click the Help link at the top of the page to report
    the issue and include this error ID in your e-mail:

  • http://twitter.com/hoystory Matthew Hoy

    Less than 2 1/2 hours in and it’s already full? That sucks.

  • http://twitter.com/SmilesWillFade newlyimprovedelmo

    Is the sign up over?

  • http://twitter.com/iUsePeople TheBestUser

    Im not able to sign up:(

  • http://www.facebook.com/The.Eric.Meadows Eric Meadows

    I can’t log-in either…

  • MrRadiolips

    Is there going to be a date for when its rolled out or is it just going to to surprise us?

  • Sean Kempf

    Does ”
    Program is not accepting nominations for this time. ” mean the program is already full??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1505310276 Chris Cooper

    Surely that can’t be right, looks like it’s closed already!

  • http://twitter.com/MarijuanaBlunts Weed Lova

    Im soooo upset that i messed it.. obviously the error code means its full.

  • http://twitter.com/FlamingFlippo T.E.C.

    beta-sign-up is full?

  • Ricardo Tucker

    Got this message
    Program is not accepting
    nominations for this time.
    If this
    error continues, click the Help link at the top of the page to report the issue
    and include this error ID in your e-mail:

    Has the beta been filled that quickly?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Herre-Sanchez/100001451063376 Herre Sanchez

    hey Major i cant register for the beta

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.williams.3304 Shawn Williams

    Is it already full?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dragon114 Connor Olin

    no it full allready

  • http://twitter.com/JBoDEAN Jeffrey Ryan


  • Josh Rush

    major, when will the friends list increase past 100? this was one of the reasons Microsoft said the original LIVE service would be discontinued back in 2010.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Masterbayshen Timothy Brown

    i`m just waiting for someone to acknowledge us is the beta closed or what

  • http://www.facebook.com/Facepalm.Overlord Randy Fuhr

    whenever i try to go to the forum specifically for this beta test, it says “Group not Found”

  • http://twitter.com/Bionic92 Bionic92

    Wow. I’m surprised the beta sign-ups were closed that fast.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DinosaursAreCoolBro Jackson David Kern

    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!

  • JSchnitz

    Only an Hour and the Beta is now officially closed. Woah

  • http://www.facebook.com/Pyromaniacalcow Valentin Beres

    “Now closed” WHY WHY WHY

  • http://twitter.com/slicked9778 charles strickland

    Damn, This is one of the first betas In the past few years I have not been a part of…:/.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Masterbayshen Timothy Brown

    The amount of interest in the #Xbox public Beta has been incredible – but we are now full and no longer accepting sign-ups. dang it i`ve been in the last 3 betas oh well it won`t kill me to miss one

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisXP27 ChrisXP27

    what??? over???
    more people please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Facepalm.Overlord Randy Fuhr

    i try to go to the forum specifically for the public beta, only to get a “Group not found” message, whats that mean? (sorry if this is a re-post, my laptop went screwy)

    • Volitar Prime

      They don’t have the forum setup yet. Last year it took a while before it was ready.

  • http://relyonhorror.com/ CJ Melendez

    The first beta I miss out on. Damn. How many spots were open for it to be filled this quickly?

    • http://zqp.me/ Brad


      I made that up btw

  • iDrummer3

    So glad that people who work got screwed on this. Finally got near a CPU on lunch and see that’s it’s closed.

  • http://twitter.com/Mikglynn Mike Glynn

    GUTTED. This is the first one ive missed in 4 years. Not happy

  • http://twitter.com/zzoonnggoo zongobongo

    Yay! took the time to fill out the form a total of three times (kept getting an error – not the one that signups are full) only to discover 20 minutes later that it’s now full. What a great waste of my time!

    Thanks again, Microsoft!

  • http://twitter.com/vimtocreed Ben Ryan

    load of rubbish, how many people did they accept like 10? waste of time, ign only put this up like 25 mins ago!

  • Hugoku

    I was ready to jump and take a shot at the Beta… but then realized my Gold subscription expired last week and that I don’t have a Kinect. I’m sure I would not have made it past the first filter.

    • http://twitter.com/thefakemikey InsertBlueCheckHere

      Don’t know about gold/silver, but I don’t have a kinect and got accepted into it.

      • Hugoku

        Good for you. Glad to see they don’t discriminate! In any case, I barely have time to turn on my Xbox. I would not be of any help in a beta.

    • http://twitter.com/Dav1dMcLov1n David McKenzie

      i don’t have gold nor do i have a kinect and i got in fine

  • http://twitter.com/TreFacTor TreFacTor

    Closed already?

  • http://twitter.com/HulioBeatle Julio Arias

    The register page says: “We will provide details on the console registration process via this portal as soon as we are ready to start having consoles registered. Thanks for signing up!” BE PATIENT!

  • http://twitter.com/TreFacTor TreFacTor

    I see the Twitter response is on the right now. Wow that was quick.

  • http://twitter.com/Jarrod38 Jarrod

    Well it looks like I missed the sign up. I leave for a few hours and it’s closed already.

  • iDrummer3

    Not really concerned about it being closed. IE sucks. Recommendations are never close to being accurate and enhanced search is useless. Bing + IE = epic fail!

    • MrRadiolips

      Its only for convenience and i completely hate running back and forth from xbox to pc for minor things. Please dont be a poor sport.

  • Bon3zz1001

    Well that’s always nice. Lets open up beta invites for only 45 minutes without ever having given single announcement beforehand. Makes sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GeeOhhDee Patrick Urban

    Ive done the beta every year since it started, even the kinect beta. Long time beta testers should get an automatic in. This is highly disappointing, especially when I check Microsoft Connect regularly for new programs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/MsteveM Stephen Marrero

      I agree. I’ve been an MS Beta tester back to the early 80’s. Back then I automatically was in the Beta process for O/S, languages, etc… It would be nice again.

    • http://twitter.com/Wolfpoc scott graham

      I agree. I’ve been in every beta so far. We should be the first offered the chance

    • http://twitter.com/Goodeye Ken C

      Ya I have been in every single beta as well. I’m even an ambassador, (only level 4 apparently level 5 and above got instant in) I was sleeping due to being a night owl and working the graveyard shift. I have to wonder how many LIVE ambassadors who got an instant in also signed up.

      Oh well I will get it eventually, but I have never seen a Xbox LIVE beta fill up this freaking quickly, I’m kinda bummed.

    • Joe Baken

      While I don’t share quite the same number of beta participations as Patrick I am disappointed that as a long time participant I will be missing out on this one. I was pretty stoked about Internet Explorer possibilities along with the other stuff. Hopefully they will open up a few more.

      • http://twitter.com/RyanFitzy1 Ryan David Fitzy

        IE is pretty cool I have to admit, but you’ll get it eventually.

    • http://twitter.com/SkrillazStream Eric

      You mad? I’ve been in every beta as well and I’m not complaining. If you missed it you missed it. it will be out later on this year so no need to get mad at them

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

      its called there are other user who like to be in so they make it 1st come 1st serv so you missed out. i mean dont cry as you did not get it. you cant always be in a beta as they need to test other consols as well

    • http://twitter.com/andykod77 andrew

      yeah i agreeive been in the betas for the past few years running,and the way this wa announced and then closed within the hour and i couldnt even acess the sign up page

    • Benjamin Eugene NElson

      feel entitled any?

  • Artune

    I slept through the whole beta hoopla but when I awoke a couple minutes ago I got an email saying all ambassadors are invited (even with the beta closed already) so if you’re an xbox ambassador take a look at your email because you’re in if you choose.

    • http://twitter.com/Wolfpoc scott graham

      Oh yeah? I havnt recieved an email yet. Proof?

      • Artune

        I received the email around noon today so check your spam box or look up around that time. I won’t post the email because it comes with the link different from the public link and I don’t want to get into trouble.

        • http://twitter.com/Wolfpoc scott graham

          What level ambassador are you? I’m level 4 and no email.

          • Artune

            Yeah I forgot to say level 5 to 10 only, maybe why no email

  • Jimmy_Jangle

    How frigging quick????? What a crock of BS.

  • Newlove90

    Damn so annoyed I missed it.

  • http://twitter.com/yeloazndevil Richard Thai Nguyen

    well this sucks this is the first beta I will miss

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003120678639 Marcus McCurdy

    Pure BS the program is already full. First time I’m not able to preview an update.

  • Dan J

    Is it already closed? I would love to be a part of this if possible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bsigg12 Brandon Sigg

    Oooh fancy. On the Connect website, we can actually post Feedback and bugs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.crabb1 Andrew Crabb

    I just found out and it gets closed in like 4 hours this sucksss!