Yesterday we informed you that a routine system maintenance update went live on the Xbox 360 without adding new functionality to the console, but now we have some far more exciting info to share with you with regards to the proper Fall 2011 update to Xbox Live that will be going live soon.
As with their previous dashboard updates to the Xbox 360, Microsoft are once again allowing a select number of participants to preview the new build before everyone else, in a special beta program that Microsoft are now opening up for register.
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If you have been following our coverage of this incoming update, you may have seen the leaked video that became available last week or so, which gives you a detailed tour through some of the new features contained in the update, not to mention giving you a look at the brand new Windows Phone 7-style, tiled user interface.
Microsoft’s Major Nelson has given information on how to enter the beta for the Xbox Live fall update, and you’ll need to have your Hotmail account handy if you haven’t registered for the service before. Once you have created a Microsoft profile and filled out the lengthy forms, you just have to sit back and wait for Microsoft to inform you on whether you have been accepted into the public preview or not.
If you do get in, it will obviously be a pretty big deal, as the update itself may not go live until the end of November, so it is definitely worth trying your luck. One thing to note though, don’t worry if you notice some errors while going through the application process, as you can imagine how many users are trying to do this at exactly the same time, so just keep trying and eventually you will get to the end of the registration.
How excited are you about trying out the new dashboard update before everyone else?Did you have any problems on Microsoft’s program portal?