Xbox 360 System Update Preview -Updated

I am happy to announce that we’re doing an Xbox 360 System Update Preview program for our next release, and the opportunity to sign up is now available. We are conducting an open call for US based participants* for a public preview to help us prepare for an updated Xbox 360 disc format. This is an important update as we continually strive to improve our products and we could not do so without the help of our great Xbox community. As part of the preview program, you will receive a copy of Halo: Reach along with other possible rewards.

Much like we did last year, you’ll need to visit the Microsoft Connect site from this link and sign in with your Windows LIVE ID that is connected to your Xbox LIVE Gamertag.  Once you complete the survey that is presented to you, the Connect site will provide program related updates and you will receive a mail once the selection process is completed.

A couple of points before you head off to register:

  • We’re looking for multiple thousands of participants, so your chances of making it in are good.

  • This opportunity is open to Xbox LIVE Members in US region only*.To avoid any problems, read the survey carefully and double check all the information you provide.

  • While both Xbox LIVE Gold and Silver members can sign up, priority will be given to Gold members in the selection process.

*Due to disc distribution limitations, this beta it will be limited to residents of the United States only.

 

I’ll be sure to update this post if the program fills up.

Sign up for the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program

 

Update: This preview will not impact voice messages or party chat.

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 have completed the selection process for participation – 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.
If you see Xbox LIVE Update = Pending then you have successfully registered and now you just need to wait for a follow up mail.

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/HFIELDS33 Harold Fields

    How will this effect gold family memberships with multiple consoles? will primary a GT and others be eligible or only one per billed account?

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  • Anonymous

    The current Xbox 360 DVD format uses ~2-3GB of the total disc space for system overhead/security data. My guess is the new disc format cuts down on that, making more space available for developers. It’ll still be DVD, they can’t change the physical media without a hardware change. That won’t come until the next Xbox.

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

    I’ve updated my post to let you know that this preview will NOT impact chat/voice messages/party chat at all.

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    • http://twitter.com/Terranoid Fraser Cameron

      Any chance the UK will get a chance at getting in on this scheme? We always seem to be left out.

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    • http://twitter.com/Terranoid Fraser Cameron

      Any chance the UK will get a chance at getting in on this scheme? We always seem to be left out.

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    • Anonymous

      Is the disc limitation because the preview will be on disc or Halo Reach?!

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  • http://profiles.google.com/722.8050 Jeff Underwood

    It says that it may render xbox inoperable… who covers the cost of that repair?

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  • Anonymous

    Why does Microsoft have to hate on Canada:(

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    • http://twitter.com/louiedog louiedog

      Maybe you should have kept Justin Bieber to yourselves. Think about that for the next time.

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  • http://twitter.com/Mystek23 Graham Aikens

    Probably a silly question, but I’ll ask anyway😛

    by US only this, I assume, doesn’t include Canada? It’d be super if it did🙂

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    • Darth Stewie

      Yeah that is a silly question… sucks

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    • Darth Stewie

      Yeah that is a silly question… sucks

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    • http://www.facebook.com/GregW17 Greg Wicklund

      Continental US means the lower 48 US states (no Alaska/Hawaii/Puerto Rico)

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    • http://www.facebook.com/GregW17 Greg Wicklund

      Continental US means the lower 48 US states (no Alaska/Hawaii/Puerto Rico)

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      • http://twitter.com/Evil_Alaska Connolly

        Alaska is part of the Continental but not the Contiguous.

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  • http://twitter.com/Ratsult2 Cale

    Will people in the beta still be able to play Reach with people not in the beta?

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  • http://profiles.google.com/vidhal Vidhal Thackurdeen

    Is the Halo: Reach a physical disc, or download from games on demand version?

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    • Darth Stewie

      Sounds like it’s a physical disc sent since part of the sign up required address info and alluded to something being sent to you…

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    • Darth Stewie

      Sounds like it’s a physical disc sent since part of the sign up required address info and alluded to something being sent to you…

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    • http://twitter.com/louiedog louiedog

      Seeing as how they’re testing a new disc format, you’re probably getting Reach in that new format to test it out.

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    • http://twitter.com/louiedog louiedog

      Seeing as how they’re testing a new disc format, you’re probably getting Reach in that new format to test it out.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephan-Tenspel/578534292 Stephan Tenspel

    And again Europe gets screwed. You are just the messenger Major, I am not blaming you🙂

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    • http://twitter.com/MysticChief Horst Schlämmer

      But I do

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephan-Tenspel/578534292 Stephan Tenspel

    And again Europe gets screwed. You are just the messenger Major, I am not blaming you🙂

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  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Gears of War 3 was developed with this new format in mind. Possibly more space on discs for developers? I sure hope so.

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  • http://twitter.com/evanundercover evan

    Are P.O.boxes allowed?:/

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  • http://twitter.com/evanundercover evan

    Are P.O.boxes allowed?:/

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  • http://twitter.com/bob101910 Bob B

    I’m going to be moving in a few weeks. Can I change my address if I’m accepted and the disc hasn’t been out before I move?

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  • http://twitter.com/bob101910 Bob B

    I’m going to be moving in a few weeks. Can I change my address if I’m accepted and the disc hasn’t been out before I move?

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    • http://twitter.com/ozetadev Philip Bernstein

      put your new address =

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    • http://twitter.com/ozetadev Philip Bernstein

      put your new address =

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  • Darth Stewie

    I’d like to ask, as others have, what exactly would happen in a worst case scenario and my system did in fact become inoperable? It’s no longer under and warranty at this time… would MS assist me with getting back to an operable state?

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  • Anonymous

    Why are they giving us a game? will it make our xbox unplayable on certains games or something?

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    • http://twitter.com/louiedog louiedog

      If they’re testing out a new disc format then they need to give you a disc in that new format to test out.

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    • http://www.seankelly.ie Sean Kelly

      The game is being given as a reward for participation in the program not because it will make your system unable to play games.

      “As part of the preview program, you will receive a copy of Halo: Reach along with other possible rewards.”

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    • http://www.seankelly.ie Sean Kelly

      The game is being given as a reward for participation in the program not because it will make your system unable to play games.

      “As part of the preview program, you will receive a copy of Halo: Reach along with other possible rewards.”

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    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFHMXFGLRQZG5O2MGVGWJ5CSUU mr poopy

      i think its because they know reach is crap

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      • Anonymous

        Thats your opinion. There are still A LOT of Xbox LIVE members still enjoying this game.

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      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFHMXFGLRQZG5O2MGVGWJ5CSUU mr poopy

        not even close to half as much as when any of the halos came out , you dont have to kid your self everyone knows its shit , its ok but no were close to the demand of original halo players , they dumbed it down for noobs , hopefully they dont ruin the remake of halo one =/

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      • Anonymous

        Its a great game. Its definitely not as competitive as previous Halo’s in my opinion.

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      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFHMXFGLRQZG5O2MGVGWJ5CSUU mr poopy

        not even close to half as much as when any of the halos came out , you dont have to kid your self everyone knows its shit , its ok but no were close to the demand of original halo players , they dumbed it down for noobs , hopefully they dont ruin the remake of halo one =/

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      • Anonymous

        Thats your opinion. There are still A LOT of Xbox LIVE members still enjoying this game.

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      • Anonymous

        Thats your opinion. There are still A LOT of Xbox LIVE members still enjoying this game.

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      • Anonymous

        Thats your opinion. There are still A LOT of Xbox LIVE members still enjoying this game.

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  • Sepirioth

    Awesomeness

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  • http://twitter.com/Dshiznit Vinny

    Thanks for the post major, I’ve enjoyed all of the previews and most of all the kinect beta it had tons of benefits…. of couse i’ll join this preview!

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  • http://twitter.com/Dshiznit Vinny

    Thanks for the post major, I’ve enjoyed all of the previews and most of all the kinect beta it had tons of benefits…. of couse i’ll join this preview!

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  • http://twitter.com/Dshiznit Vinny

    Thanks for the post major, I’ve enjoyed all of the previews and most of all the kinect beta it had tons of benefits…. of couse i’ll join this preview!

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  • http://twitter.com/Frostybrutality Jonathan Kyer

    I messed up putting my Gamertag in the survey (I change me GT last week and put an “O” instead of “0”). Does this impact anything?

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    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=524036015 Noel Mushansky

      I bet it kills lt fw!! A new disk format could be M$ way of lessoning the horrible piracy issues.

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      • http://twitter.com/Frostybrutality Jonathan Kyer

        crap…😄

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      • http://twitter.com/Frostybrutality Jonathan Kyer

        im assuming the update refers more on the XB Serial # more than the GT (hoping). I wish the site was more user friendly like the past beta programs.

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      • http://twitter.com/Frostybrutality Jonathan Kyer

        crap…😄

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      • http://twitter.com/Frostybrutality Jonathan Kyer

        crap…😄

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    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=524036015 Noel Mushansky

      I bet it kills lt fw!! A new disk format could be M$ way of lessoning the horrible piracy issues.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=524036015 Noel Mushansky

      I bet it kills lt fw!! A new disk format could be M$ way of lessoning the horrible piracy issues.

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    • http://twitter.com/ozetadev Philip Bernstein

      obviously… you can’t just put the wrong gamertag in.

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    • http://twitter.com/ozetadev Philip Bernstein

      obviously… you can’t just put the wrong gamertag in.

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      • http://twitter.com/Frostybrutality Jonathan Kyer

        well like i said in the last post was i wish the site was updated and fixed (like last beta programs) where you were able to review/edit the survey !

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      • http://twitter.com/Frostybrutality Jonathan Kyer

        well like i said in the last post was i wish the site was updated and fixed (like last beta programs) where you were able to review/edit the survey !

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      • http://twitter.com/Frostybrutality Jonathan Kyer

        well like i said in the last post was i wish the site was updated and fixed (like last beta programs) where you were able to review/edit the survey !

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      • http://twitter.com/Frostybrutality Jonathan Kyer

        well like i said in the last post was i wish the site was updated and fixed (like last beta programs) where you were able to review/edit the survey !

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  • Anonymous

    Where does it say it could make the system inoperable?

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  • http://twitter.com/turbo_tweet Chris

    This is great! I’m very much looking forward to trying out this beta. I’m sure there must be some kinect enhancements as well. I’ll make sure I submit some feedback. It’s great that xbox live keeps developing. I just heard about the new disk format… sounds interesting.

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  • http://twitter.com/turbo_tweet Chris

    This is great! I’m very much looking forward to trying out this beta. I’m sure there must be some kinect enhancements as well. I’ll make sure I submit some feedback. It’s great that xbox live keeps developing. I just heard about the new disk format… sounds interesting.

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