August 21st 2012 9:00 am PT

Open Call, More Testers Welcome for 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta!

The amount of interest we received in July for the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta was so staggering that today we’re announcing a second open call for Xbox LIVE subscribers to test out the beta program. I can tell you that we’re accepting far more beta-testers this time around, but space is still limited and once the spots are filled the beta will be closed, so sign up today!

If you’re selected, an update will be pushed to your Xbox 360 in the next few days. The update will contain new Xbox LIVE features, including:

  • Internet Explorer for Xbox
  • Recommendations and ratings
  • Pinning and favorites
  • Enhanced category search and discovery features
  • Voice search (in specified markets)

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 Beta here. You will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for confidentiality reasons. Any participant who violates the NDA will be removed from this beta and all Xbox betas moving forward, and will not have access to Xbox LIVE until the end of this beta program period. Our NDA enforcement squad is really good at finding violators; so save us both the trouble and don’t test them. 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.

Your interest and passion in helping the Xbox team has been awesome and we’re very excited to see the early feedback so that we can make Xbox even better. Thanks again for your participation and enjoy!

Update: Several users have reported an issue with accessing the registration link for this program — keep trying – there is a high demand on the site right now due to the popularity of the program.

Update: The full registration process should now be available to everyone. If you hit an issue accessing the site please keep trying – there is a high demand on the site due to the popularity of the program.

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

  • Brady Thomas Price

    Are there no more Product Keys?… :(

  • Antoniel Coleman

    Thanks @facebook-100000953043198:disqus for your support. It helped ! Got the Update!

  • Russ Hubbard

    Finally got the update today.

  • Antoniel Coleman

    If I’m playing my Xbox 360, will the update still get pushed @MajorNelson:disqus ?

    • Kevin M Gould

      yes it will. i was in a party with someone who got the update while playing a game. it will boot you off xbox live

  • neyo96

    PLEASE MICROSOFT ADD XBOX COMPANION TO ALL ANDROIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Brandon Hobbs

    i got my product key on tuesday my second day would be thursday would that be the to start

  • Brandon Hobbs

    so that would mean i have to wait on thursday for my update when 2 days later

    • Kevin M Gould

      tomorrow will be a week for me and i still havent got an update. i did get access to the private forums though.

  • Antoniel Coleman

    Thanks @facebook-100000013327787:disqus !! It did exactly what you said, i got booted out my online match and went straight to downloading !!! Im finally in !!

  • jacklee112135

    I still cannot access the private forum with my console already in the new beta, anyone else who knows the solution?

  • Brandon Hobbs

    i waited two days for the update it didnt came

  • Kevin M Gould

    this is from a beta team member: We’re still looking into why there is a delay and also trying to push
    console registrations through manually. It’s a much slower process, so
    thanks again for your patience.

  • Max Calm A

    Should I be worried because my xbox 360 suddenly started asking about some “security check” when trying to connect to xbox live? As far as I remember, MS never asks about your e-mail / password?

  • R.s. Smith

    We had a problem with the beta and now cant use xbox…….has been 4 days of trying everything to contact someone and after hours of wasting time to be told the is a “special group” that the reps cannot contact other than the feedback forum on Connect. After 4 days of this and no response or help……….Is this what we have to look forward to when there is a problem?

  • Wasif Fahim

    I want to get rid of the beta dashboard. I can’t even sign in as a guest. Please tell me how to get rid of it.

    • R.s. Smith

      Hope you have better luck with support than we have………….4 days and cant get straight answer or help from anyon with either xbox or microsoft.

  • R.s. Smith

    Is there any way to get someone…….anyone to help with the fact our console wont boot after the beta downloaded? 4 days of trying everywhere we can think of and everyone we talk to says they cant help and no response to what was sent on Connect…….

  • Donny Harris

    they are inviting more people to the beta….from what i understand they have 500,000 that havent gotten it from last wee…and im one of them….unbelievable!!!