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Microsoft Needs Testers For A New Xbox Preview Program

And all you need to do is get a Live account, fill out a survey, and hope for the best.

It's that time again. Microsoft needs a few (thousand) good people to test out the forthcoming Xbox Live dashboard update, which, as Major Nelson explains it, will see the release of an enhanced Netflix client (searching is go!), the long-awaited ESPN app, and an updated Zune video store. As with most update preview programs Microsoft runs, your opportunity to participate is contingent on patience and luck.

The patience part factors in when you begin the enrollment process over at the Microsoft Connect site. Once signing in with your Windows Live credentials, you'll be asked to fill out a survey. The luck part revolves around it immediately accepting you into the program, which it will this time around. No waiting is required. Whew.  
  
  

   

This preview opportunity, as Major Nelson notes, is available to both Silver and Gold-level Xbox Live subscribers. Gold members, however, will be given "priority" over the non-paying Silver folk. Also, that Windows Live ID needs to be connected to your Xbox Live ID, or else you'll be getting nowhere fast. 

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Posted by BradNicholson

It's that time again. Microsoft needs a few (thousand) good people to test out the forthcoming Xbox Live dashboard update, which, as Major Nelson explains it, will see the release of an enhanced Netflix client (searching is go!), the long-awaited ESPN app, and an updated Zune video store. As with most update preview programs Microsoft runs, your opportunity to participate is contingent on patience and luck.

The patience part factors in when you begin the enrollment process over at the Microsoft Connect site. Once signing in with your Windows Live credentials, you'll be asked to fill out a survey. The luck part revolves around it immediately accepting you into the program, which it will this time around. No waiting is required. Whew.  
  
  

   

This preview opportunity, as Major Nelson notes, is available to both Silver and Gold-level Xbox Live subscribers. Gold members, however, will be given "priority" over the non-paying Silver folk. Also, that Windows Live ID needs to be connected to your Xbox Live ID, or else you'll be getting nowhere fast. 

Posted by JBird

cool
Posted by Sil3n7

I signed up! :)

Posted by jacksonroye

I will be getting nowhere fast either way, cause I don't even have an Xbox!

Posted by FritzDude

Cant wait for the QL on it.

Posted by fillmoejoe

I just signed up.

Posted by Afroman269

Not sure if I should bother if you can't chat with people who don't have the update.

Posted by Zidane_24

Exclusive chat makes me say hell no.  

Posted by core1065

I was accepted into the beta!

Edited by Indiana_Jenkins

I was just accepted into the preview program. I would just like to reiterate that it is possible to get in if you don't have Gold (which I don't).

Posted by Ravenousrattler

it said i got accepted, so hopefully it doesn't kill my xbox

Posted by MjHealy

The sucky thing is that you can't party chat with people who don't have the update. That won't stop me from getting this, however.

Posted by DiscoDuck8k
@Zidane_24 said:
" Exclusive chat makes me say hell no.   "
Yeah, I was about to sign up until I saw that. Forget it.
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Posted by Sedasys

Well, I've been accepted. What say when this thing starts up we make a GB party chat room?

Posted by MrKlorox

Cool. Totally accepted it tells me.

Posted by theWarren

I have been accepted.  It feels good be be accepted.  I have high hopes for this interface because the current look is abysmal.

Posted by karatetron

No party chat is kiiiind of a dealbreaker.

Posted by President_Evil

Got in.  Easy as pie.

Posted by lukeissxc

cool i got in

Posted by radioactivez0r

Yeah that seemed pretty simple to be "accepted".  Wonder if that necessarily means I get the preview or not?  And I hardly use Party Chat, so a few weeks without it won't kill me.

Posted by PatVB

Are they they accepting everyone? Because I just got accepted too... 
 
Also, that no party-chat thing really sucks. Do they think we're going to spill their mysterious secrets to our xbox live friends?

Posted by Aslan186

Accepted!

Posted by Ronald

They seem to be accepting everyone (me included) and online I mainly play Modern Warfare 2, which doesn't allow party chat to begin with so whatever.

Posted by Pudge

So just wondering, I'm in the Kinect beta already, so do you automatically get into this beta, or do you have to sign up for this one too? Very confusing...

Posted by jorojoserojas

I got in.

Posted by JJOR64

I thought about doing it, but being without party chat is a big bummer.  I might just sit this one out this time.

Posted by Vonocourt

I got accepted, never really used the party feature that much so it's all good.

Posted by robobigfoot

I hope the ESPN app works.

Posted by Milkman

Can't party chat with people who don't have the update? No thanks. 

Posted by animathias
@pat4327 said:
" Are they they accepting everyone? Because I just got accepted too...  Also, that no party-chat thing really sucks. Do they think we're going to spill their mysterious secrets to our xbox live friends? "

There were stories about new audio codecs for voice chat, perhaps that's the reason? Or maybe if you're in party chat with someone without the update and load ESPN or the new Netflix, things start to wig out? I'm sure it's more of a reason than secrecy.

They accepted me as well, and the party chat thing may hinder me.. but in 2 weeks I don't think I'll be playing any more Halo.

Posted by Rudy

I'm in!  Oh lord, I hope I don't regret this come Black Ops day!!

Posted by FinalDasa

Signed up and said accepted, I assume that means I will get the preview?

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Posted by Deathmachine117
@Rudy:  Damn i got accepted and i hadnt thought of that.
Posted by Downsize

I signed up!  We'll still be able to send the 15 second message option right?  Also,  the update going to automatically hit me within the next 2 weeks?

Posted by kristov_romanov

Got in. Hope it doesn't explode my Xbox. 
 
I wonder if anyone is being denied?

Posted by sublime90

cool im in. better not red ring my box! it'll be cool to check it out in a few weeks

Posted by Maffrew

Think i'll try this, i'm always up for a preview.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85

Got in as well. 
 
I don't use party chat, and besides on one of the forms Microsoft said in game chat would still work as it normally should.
 
Hooray for Netflix search!

Posted by rndmtask

I'm in...yay.

Posted by scarace360

Will the new program have netflix for canada?

Posted by evildeadron

you cant chat with people not in the program due to a different audio codec (same as the original NXE beta) and everyone will get the final dashboard update on Nov 4th when Kinect is released, so to the dude worried about black ops, your good 
 
chat IN GAME is fine and works, just not party or private chat
Posted by PatVB
@animathias: Ok, that makes a lot more sense. It never occurred to me that they would change the voice stuff....which I guess it should it should have since it's a new dashboard. Hurr.
Posted by MrOldboy

got accepted right away, must be accepting most everyone.

Posted by Skwire

Yay! I got in!

Posted by dougbrit2

I prefer to live vicariously through dashboard leaks ;-)

Posted by eternalshades

Was about to sign up, but then (like others have already said) noticed that party chat wouldn't work.  
The only chat I use is party chat, and that's with my sister and her husband when we play together and I doubt they'll want to join the preview :(  

Oh well, I can deal with the current netflix client for a while longer and wait until the official release.

Posted by ReichSteadyCrew

 

Thank you for your interest in participating. We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into the program. The program will officially start within the next two weeks. Until then, please be patient and check back on this site often for the latest updates.

Thank you,
Xbox LIVE Beta Administrators


 
Ace :)
Posted by PocketfullaButtholes

I got in as well. Pretty sweet.

Posted by radar5

i'm in too. thanks for the heads up GB    
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