Microsoft working on Xbox dashboard preview program

By Tom Warren, on 12th Sep 11 10:12 pm with 21 Comments

New Xbox Dashboard

Microsoft is working on a beta preview program for the new Xbox dashboard.

Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson revealed the company’s plans in a blog post on Monday. The revelation comes less than a week after Microsoft confirmed it would start beta testing the new dashboard in October. “I’ve gotten a lot of questions asking me if there is going to be a Preview Program for the upcoming dashboard update,” said Larry Hryb (Major Nelson). “I am working with the teams here on a Preview Program for the new dashboard similar to the one we did last year,” he added.

The preview program is expected to launch before the end of the year but Hryb refused to confirm exact details. “I don’t have a time frame or any additional specifics to share right now, but as soon as I do you can be sure I’ll make a blog post,” he said. Microsoft has previously promised that the dashboard will be made available by the end of the year. Codenamed “Madrid”, the dashboard will bring Microsoft’s Metro style interface to the Xbox. Microsoft is also preparing to include YouTube and Bing on the Xbox 360. Bing users will be able to use Kinect’s voice recognition feature to search for movies, music, Xbox LIVE content and more. Microsoft is also planning to include some type of Marketplace with applications for Xbox 360.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Just like with every dashboard update 

    • Sebastian Oliva

      I know, right, Sebastian

    • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

      You guys have the same name!

    • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

      3 Sebastians in the same thread?!  Two of them must be bots. :P

  • http://twitter.com/ParkerReno Parker Ciambrone

    Really want to get into this one

  • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

    So wait, is this not going to be a fall update?  Launch “before the end of the year” could move over into Winter.  I want it now! lol

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      Well the beta begins in October so it’s gonna take some weeks of testing I’d guess. It feels like they are behind for some reason. I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes final in 2012.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

      Well checking back at last years release they didn’t actually push the update until November 1st so an October preview does actually line up.  It does seem a little slow but maybe it’s just because we’re (at least myself) anticipating so much this year: Xbox 360 update, Windows Phone Mango update, and Windows 8 info at BUILD.

    • Anonymous

      All the previews i’ve been in, which has been ALL of them have been basically testing the final bits.  The NXE dashboard update only lasted like 3 weeks, with quite a few interim fixes randomly but for the most part, what you get in preview program is a large scale test of the near final bits – very short cycle.

    • Anonymous

      I work for msft and we got it now! it’s awesome

    • :)

      fuck u

    • Cloud

      Microsoft probably got carried away with Mango and Windows 8

    • Anonymous

      That seems unlikely as they’re three diffrent divisons. I guessing it may have got pushed back because some of the tv intergreation. Still wish theyed add a broswer. As googlt tv is looking good.

  • http://twitter.com/williamtm/ WilliamTM

    I really like the new look. Looks very sleek and polished. And to think that it used to be this ugly! :P http://i.imgur.com/TF0Hz.jpg

    • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

      Hey, I loved that dashboard, It looked sick when you compared it with the PS2′s white screens.

    • http://twitter.com/williamtm/ WilliamTM

      Didn’t the PS2 have black menus?

      Still, I do agree with you. I preferred the Xbox dashboard to the PS2 one, but I’ve always preferred the look of the PS3′s XMB. However, I think I like the new Metro one more than the XMB. Not to mention that Sony haven’t updated the XMB since the PS3 came out, aside from making it sparkle a bit.

    • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

      yes, black…. the white screen comes up when I get lost in the menus trying to start the game.. :P

  • Sebastian Westermark

    Me too!!!

  • http://www.timsmithmma.com Tim Smith

    I will definitley be trying to get in on this!

  • http://www.timsmithmma.com Tim Smith

    I will definitley be trying to get in on this!

  • Sebastian Westermark

    Is there anyway to get into this preview program for an average joe or do I need to be part of some program i have to pay for. Or is it US only, where is there usually info on this?