Microsoft Wants A Few Kinect Beta Testers

Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

That email from Microsoft Connect re: "Xbox Live and Kinect Beta Program" might not be clever spam. According to separate reports from Joystiq and Kotaku, Microsoft is indeed planning to give a select amount of Xbox 360 owners an early look at Kinect and accompanying Xbox 360 dashboard updates. 

Don't get too excited; the details on how this beta program works are still in the air. But the current crop of invitations being sent note that, at some point in the future, recipients of said invitation will receive "a unique opportunity to see pre-release software." If that means you'll be asked to head over to your local K-Mart or Sears, or be sent a device, is beyond us at the moment. 
 


As Joystiq notes in its report, Microsoft has used Connect to send waves of invitations for 360-specific betas in the past. You may remember the scramble for pre-release NXE access, which was tied to answering a Connect-side questionnaire. It's uncertain if there is actually a connection between previously Connect-plucked testers or a newer or past questionnaire, but apparently you'll have to fill out another application if you do get the above email.

If you've received one of these emails, or even a follow-up email with more details on how this beta program works, let us know! And if you think you should have been invited, scan that spam inbox. You never know.    
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

That email from Microsoft Connect re: "Xbox Live and Kinect Beta Program" might not be clever spam. According to separate reports from Joystiq and Kotaku, Microsoft is indeed planning to give a select amount of Xbox 360 owners an early look at Kinect and accompanying Xbox 360 dashboard updates. 

Don't get too excited; the details on how this beta program works are still in the air. But the current crop of invitations being sent note that, at some point in the future, recipients of said invitation will receive "a unique opportunity to see pre-release software." If that means you'll be asked to head over to your local K-Mart or Sears, or be sent a device, is beyond us at the moment. 
 


As Joystiq notes in its report, Microsoft has used Connect to send waves of invitations for 360-specific betas in the past. You may remember the scramble for pre-release NXE access, which was tied to answering a Connect-side questionnaire. It's uncertain if there is actually a connection between previously Connect-plucked testers or a newer or past questionnaire, but apparently you'll have to fill out another application if you do get the above email.

If you've received one of these emails, or even a follow-up email with more details on how this beta program works, let us know! And if you think you should have been invited, scan that spam inbox. You never know.    
#2 Posted by NinjatheKid (71 posts) -

K.

#3 Edited by sdornan (323 posts) -

"If that means you'll be asked to head over to your local K-Mart or Sears, or simply stay at home, is beyond us at the moment." 
 
This sentence is poorly written.

#4 Posted by Smodowen (40 posts) -

Did you have to sign up for this or something? Or was it just a random draw of XBL members?

#5 Posted by DG991 (1344 posts) -

I'm guessing they don't provide you with the Kinect hardware and you have to buy it yourself. 

#6 Posted by fwylo (3556 posts) -

Love how it says Do NOT Forward right on there.

#7 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

Yo dawg, I heard you like Kinect. So we put Kinect on Connect so you can Connect while you Kinect.

#8 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

I did past preview programs, I think all of them and got into all of them. No email though.

#9 Posted by Scooper (7881 posts) -

Pre-Release access to games such as Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sonic Racing game is really every gamer's dream.

#10 Posted by Marzy (675 posts) -
@Scooper said:
" Pre-Release access to games such as Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sonic Racing game is really every gamer's dream. "
Not really, I'm not interested in them at all.
#11 Posted by Scooper (7881 posts) -
@Marzy said:
" @Scooper said:
" Pre-Release access to games such as Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sonic Racing game is really every gamer's dream. "
Not really, I'm not interested in them at all. "
Lmfao.
#12 Posted by BaconGames (3424 posts) -
@Scooper said:
" @Marzy said:
" @Scooper said:
" Pre-Release access to games such as Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sonic Racing game is really every gamer's dream. "
Not really, I'm not interested in them at all. "
Lmfao. "
This is why I hate sarcasm.
#13 Posted by sdornan (323 posts) -
@Marzy said:
" @Scooper said:
" Pre-Release access to games such as Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sonic Racing game is really every gamer's dream. "
Not really, I'm not interested in them at all. "
I'm guessing he was invoking the use of sarcasm.
#14 Edited by White_Silhouette (473 posts) -

Gotta love the do not forward, Do not post pics, videos discuss on social networking sites, or talk with media or press about the program or contents.  Yet so far it is everywhere. 
 
Isn't it supposed to launch in oct? One would think they would have started this beta earlier....

#15 Posted by Marzy (675 posts) -

I see, sorry for misunderstanding.

#16 Posted by commandercup (500 posts) -

Is there a sign up for connect? I've never been included in any preview events :(

#17 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Guess it's limited to the US. Not really interested in the Kinect but free is always good.

#18 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -
@commandercup said:
" Is there a sign up for connect? I've never been included in any preview events :( "
It appears it is only be sent to users who did past preview betas/programs for NXE and such
#19 Posted by Twisted_Scot (1180 posts) -

I would but i just sat down.

#20 Posted by Bollard (5568 posts) -
@MrKlorox said:
" Yo dawg, I heard you like Kinect. So we put Kinect on Connect so you can Connect while you Kinect. "
Exactly what I was thinking.
#21 Posted by FritzDude (2263 posts) -

Can i kinect while connecting the kinect?

#22 Posted by Tiwi (1401 posts) -

you know what? i got one, but since i live in norway i bet they won't send one to me:-P

#23 Posted by MindChamber (345 posts) -

just dont give one to Ryan,  hes still recovering from sonic riders

#24 Posted by BlinkinCard41 (25 posts) -

I believe if you had participated in one of their previous preview programs and provided some decent feedback, they send you an invite. I remember I had given some feedback when I was previewing the NXE and that probably led to me receiving this invite.

#25 Posted by Sweep (8866 posts) -

I assume this is US only?

Moderator
#26 Posted by CrazedJoker (321 posts) -
@Sweep: Well, the U.S. is the bestest, so... Yeah.
#27 Posted by ShadowVirus (793 posts) -

My friends went to an event in London the other to test out Kinect.

#28 Posted by DoubleRainbow (1 posts) -

I received an email.  I have also participated in other Microsoft Connect betas such as the NXE, Windows 7, and currently Office 2010.  The email mentions the device has an asset tag so I'm not sure if you get to keep it after the beta is over.

#29 Posted by Devil240Z (3374 posts) -

I would do it only if I had the power to make Microsoft cancel Kinect. 

#30 Posted by PencilBastard (40 posts) -

I got the email, I'm in Canada, so seems to be not solely US based. I also got into the NXE beta through the same means.  
 
Waiting to hear back with further information  

#31 Posted by takua108 (1479 posts) -

ITT I read a bunch of comments saying "lol I got it" and get jealous :(

#32 Posted by Dynamitekyle (542 posts) -

Got one, but no follow up yet.

#33 Posted by Druxk (38 posts) -
@sdornan: ...really?  Was that necessary?
#34 Posted by ZForce915 (47 posts) -

I'd like to get in on this.

#35 Posted by FreakAche (2953 posts) -

Are any of these emails showing up in Canada?

#36 Posted by tacubano (7 posts) -

I got the email, but I'm from Canada so I doubt they'll be shipping internationally... :-(

#37 Posted by BadJackDaniels (24 posts) -

Microsoft is working hard to put the body recognition in real time ...

#38 Posted by honeycut1 (142 posts) -

I wonder how long it will take them to process those email responses and then get the Kinect units out to those people.

#39 Posted by Vashkey (51 posts) -

I want to test :(

#40 Posted by Thunderstarter (82 posts) -

Enjoy your lag, everyone!

#41 Posted by Downloaded (179 posts) -
@Smodowen: That's exactly what I'm wondering.  Does anyone know the answer?
#42 Posted by sephirm87 (235 posts) -

No real practical interest in Kinect yet, but may consider doing a beta, just to see how it works.
#43 Posted by jhass14 (17 posts) -

yaya

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