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Jump the Gun on the NXE

Find out how you can get this major Xbox 360 dashboard update ahead of schedule.

This could be you!
If you're anything like me, you can't wait for Microsoft to roll out the New Xbox Experience. I'm fairly ambivalent about the whole avatar thing, but the new interface looks slick and speedy, the Netflix integration sounds awesome, and the promises of a quieter Xbox 360 and faster load times with the play-from-drive feature are downright erogenous. If you're lucky, you won't have to wait until the official November 19th roll-out date, as Major Nelson has revealed Microsoft's plans to let a select few check out the NXE ahead of schedule with its "Xbox 360 Fall 2008 Preview Program," which you can sign up for here.

The offer is available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members, and is good in all regions currently supported by Xbox Live. Unfortunately, Microsoft is only looking for a few thousand participants, and considering how bogged down the sign-up page is right now, I'd guess that the demand is well beyond that. Still, it's worth a shot.
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Posted by Ryan
This could be you!
If you're anything like me, you can't wait for Microsoft to roll out the New Xbox Experience. I'm fairly ambivalent about the whole avatar thing, but the new interface looks slick and speedy, the Netflix integration sounds awesome, and the promises of a quieter Xbox 360 and faster load times with the play-from-drive feature are downright erogenous. If you're lucky, you won't have to wait until the official November 19th roll-out date, as Major Nelson has revealed Microsoft's plans to let a select few check out the NXE ahead of schedule with its "Xbox 360 Fall 2008 Preview Program," which you can sign up for here.

The offer is available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members, and is good in all regions currently supported by Xbox Live. Unfortunately, Microsoft is only looking for a few thousand participants, and considering how bogged down the sign-up page is right now, I'd guess that the demand is well beyond that. Still, it's worth a shot.
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Posted by Foil1212

Wasn't there an article a month or two ago about how downloading a disc won't make it load much faster at all?

Posted by MasterSplinter

I was lucky enough to visit Major's blog a few minutes after it was posted. I hope I get selected!

Posted by Ryan

Microsoft said it would depend on the game, and that newer games would see less of an impact. Still, considering how loud the 360 can get when spinning up a disc, I'll be happy if it just makes things a little quieter.

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Posted by Foil1212

That makes sense.  Thanks, Ryan.

Posted by Crono

Here goes nothing.

Posted by Jotun

I just applied. Hell, it's worth the try, right?

Posted by zoozilla

I already signed up - now all I can do is cross my fingers.

For a week.

Posted by mussbus999

I can't sign up! The dropdown bar for country and state wont show up! Help!?

Posted by uberpwner93

I hope I get picked.

Posted by Demodocus

I'm probably too late but what the hell ill do it anyway.

Posted by erinfizz

Thanks for the heads up.

Also, I am not sure whether it is totally awesome or deeply disturbing that you are turned on by software updates. :)

Posted by spiceninja

I just signed up and took the survey. I hope they pick me.

Posted by nailerr

And here I am, planning to try (in vein) to avoid it for as long as possible.  Where is the sign up to not get the damnable Rare infused abomination?!

Posted by daniel_beck_90

This will make Xbox360 simply the best Console out there    

Posted by dagas

Still very skeptical to the new look, but if it's smother I won't complain, the current dashboard is way to choppy.

Posted by CleverLoginName

Ah, you know... I'm gonna wait a day or two after the update comes. There are always stories of "the update broke my console" and I'm especially weary because of the complete overhaul, wouldn't want my 360 to break, I've already talked to Max three times already...

Posted by FoolInjection

The sign-ups for this are closed now ... I was going to sign-up last night but being that it was stupid o'clock in the morning I chose sleep over the NXE. lol.

Posted by Red

Wasn't it delayed until spring?

Posted by FoolInjection

@ Red:  No, that was just Primetime, which included 1vs100 and the Netflix stuff.  The NXE will be released on the 19th as planned. 

Not that I would care about the Netflix stuff as its U.S.A. only.  Europe and the UK getting the shaft as usual with more U.S.A. centric stuff we will never be able to use.

Posted by Verge

I think I’ll pass on beta testing a dashboard update, too many bad memories of previous updates killing 360’s. I am looking forward to it though, my current 360 has a tendency to scratch disc and give disc read errors so the “copy to HDD” option will be great.

Posted by lamegame621

yeah, i think i'll wait. I'm really not sure what to think about it yet, but it's not that far off anyway.

Posted by CharleyTony

they said they were looking for different configurations and different user locations, I dont think its first come first served... at least not outside the USA

Posted by CoverlessTech

It's full

Posted by Aaron_G

I was able to sign-up, so hopefully I will get in. 

Posted by REDRUN

Xing Fingers

Posted by Milkman

I signed up but I'm still waiting for the verification e-mail. It's probably full by now, anyway.

Posted by bran

I hope my registration goes thru. My Fable 2 playing could use some HDD caching.

Posted by ManMadeGod

Not really a big deal to me, I'll wait until the 19th

Posted by Spiritof

I can try and get excited about Gears of War 2 or a new Xbox UI...dammit, why does M$ have to make it so hard on video gamers with THAT much excitement?!

Signing up for a UI beta sounds about as exciting as going to the local Sam's Club and eating free samples of corn dog poppers.

Posted by guttershark

i can wait

Posted by OmegaPirate

Great - now xbox users can experiance the xmedia bar theyve slated off for a year + now

Posted by DarthimusPrime

When it comes to loading the games onto your harddrive I could give a fuck less. You still have to have the disc in the system so just let it read it. If the disc spinning noise is too loud then you don't have your TV turned up loud enough!

Posted by Kohe321

Think it's going to be good.