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

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

    That’s nice and I look forward to seeing the changes, but please Larry can you assure everyone that the dash update gets rid of those obnoxious ads that infest the dash like a disease. They must be removed, anything else is not acceptable for us paying Gold members.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/taylor.hawkins.102977 Taylor Hawkins

    I’ve Signed Up And Hopefully I get In And They’ve Finally Introduced Internet Explorer Thanks Xbox

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  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

    Also as aside, many video apps have still not be updated with the black level fix which MS rolled out 6 months ago. Can someone please give these goons a kick up the backside and tell them to update their apps? LoveFilm UK still haven’t fixed theirs, which is completely absurd. It clearly needs to be mandated by Microsoft if they’re ever going to be fixed.

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  • keklar

    I really hope this fixes how SLOW the dashboard is right now, especially when loading video apps

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    • mateo124

      The Xbox just doesn’t have enough power to be any faster. I believe the ads on every page also have something to do with this

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      • DiscoJustice

        I don’t think it’s about power – shuffling around a few tiles isn’t going to tax the console, nor should hitting the disk for a list of games. I think the DRM implementation perhaps needs some work.

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  • http://twitter.com/xivstealthx Brian

    Xbox is banned, good thing I registered.

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  • ElektroDragon

    Just improve the INCREDIBLY SLOW Games list and Marketplace navigation for users who purchased their XBLA games on other consoles! 200 XBLA games purchased on my other console and everything CRAWLS!!!! 2 min+ to load Games list, Marketplace, or Achievements!

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    • ElektroDragon

      I got into the beta again, so I’m going to youtube it this time to prove how horrible my experience is and link to it in the bug report. Maybe then you will do something about it after its been publicly outed on YouTube.

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      • http://pjon.es Paul Jones

        Way to announce you’re going to break the terms of the beta before it even starts!

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      • ElektroDragon

        Obviously, I was going to record my results BEFORE I install the beta, and then post them if the beta doesn’t fix it, so I don’t violate any NDA. How stupid do you think I am? Sheesh!

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      • ElektroDragon

        And of course, if a mechanism were actually provided for video documentation of issues, youtube would not even be needed.

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  • http://twitter.com/MykeJayy Michael J

    Just hope IE isn’t as bad as it is on a PC.

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  • http://twitter.com/InfamousRunaway Ryan Cook

    Super excited about another beta I hope I get to participate like I did last time!

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  • http://twitter.com/Greigyboii Greigyboii™

    Very excited about this, taken part in almost all past betas for Xbox 360.

    Any idea of the time scale of this beta? When will it begin to be rolled out?

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

      Sounds tiny compared to the last one. And if the last one is an indication of anything, expect to see it in 3-4 weeks.

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    • http://twitter.com/TDUupdaterHD TDUupdaterHD

      in the 2011 one the beta started in October and ended in December but that could be differerent in this update

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  • http://twitter.com/mikeyrev99 Michael Reveliotis

    I can’t wait to get a product key! How long until we get one?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1234920059 Raven Faust

    cant wait!

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  • http://twitter.com/thefakemikey InsertBlueCheckHere

    Anyone wanna set an over/under on people who whine and complain because they feel they deserve some kind of reward this year? haha

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jayswanson42 Jay Swanson

    Has it been determined yet if the browser will be based on IE9 or 10? I vaguely remember during E3 hearing it would launch with 9 and be updated to 10 later but I never got any real confirmation of that

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  • http://twitter.com/utristen1 Tristen Underwood

    how will you know when you’re actually going to get the update?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/barry.hatfield.94 Barry Hatfield

    When is this going to take place.?

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  • savaman2002

    There will be more info on the beta to come. The first survey is the screening process. Keep watching Connect for the next survey. You will need your console/system info. It will probably be a while before the beta is released.

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    • http://twitter.com/Nitramuse Nitramuse

      Nah. These days you need to download an app to send over your console ID.

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  • http://twitter.com/zdext250 Osmar Ayala

    I signed up but there was no survey at the end (never mind read it fast so missed “at the end of beta” part) . Im glad I have twitter updates sent via text to my phone ohterwise I would have missed out on the beta.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jobe.wandless Jobe Wandless

    How do we know when we’ve been enrolled into the private forum?

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  • http://twitter.com/EnderAl76 Alex Kim

    Can you maybe just make the Netflix app good again. Or get Netflix to make the app good again? Whoever thought showing a random preview image was a good idea is a complete idiot. It adds nothing useful, and it actually disrupts the view of the covers by pushing the right-most cover off of the screen. Also, it’s impossible to rate a video without starting to view it?! The UI for Netflix has gotten worse with each release.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/drew2com Andrew Foley

      YES! Thank you for saying it. This, plus I hate trying to get to a different episode than the “next” one.

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      • Keith Wagner

        I wish they’d bring back the theater as well! Damn Netflix..

        And is this thing really already full in just a day??? Getting same error msg!😦

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    • http://twitter.com/kurrabin kurra bin

      I agree completely. Why did they force auto start, if I choose a series? I want the info page, not play!

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      • SparkStormrider

        I agree as well. The auto play feature drives me nuts. I want to see what the movie/show is about. Plus if you try and stop it all you do is run the risk of it hanging the 360 (I know I’ve tried numerous times only to have this happen to me.).

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    • http://twitter.com/DopeCustomsNYC Dope Customs NYC

      AGREE.. you cant replay a video unles you rewind it or fast forward the credits.. It used to be the xbox had the superior NETFLIX app.. But now PS3s is much better…

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    • http://twitter.com/UNSCleric Rob

      Agreed 100%. The Netflix app has been horrendous since they changed it.

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    • Volitar Prime

      I would love to see them increase the resolution for Netflix, HBO Go, and all the other video streaming apps to 1080i/p and increase the sound to 5.1 surround.

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  • semtek007

    Never missed a dashboard beta. Wondering how the browsing will work on xbox, is the smartglass stuff going to be available?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1020632276 Kévin Valentin

    it’s like the previous beta : we don’t need to have the serial of the xbox 360 ?

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  • Angel Cabrera

    oh boy! i hope i get picked.

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  • http://twitter.com/JustBist Justin Bistline

    Program is not accepting nominations for this time. its giving me this error mesage😦

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    • http://twitter.com/Superman64 Some Guy

      Getting the same message. Does that mean it’s already too late to sign up? In less than a day’s time?

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      • http://twitter.com/Superman64 Some Guy

        Well I guess Larry answered my question. This sucks.

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  • http://twitter.com/Missingbullet Rob Schatz

    I think they closed it. Got the following error message upon trying to register for it: “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:
    7d26deb9-f7f9-460b-869f-5b80c46c601e

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    • http://twitter.com/iUsePeople TheBestUser

      I got this message 10 minutes after they opened this beta. I’m not sure whats going on.?

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  • Maestro25

    “Personalized dashboard recommendations”

    aka more ads. What an awesome “feature”. Thanks a lot:-/

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