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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Microsoft Announces Xbox LIVE Public Preview Program
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At E3, Microsoft announced the new Xbox LIVE dashboard which will deliver intuitive navigation, increased responsiveness and improved engagement with Xbox experiences - all beginning this holiday. Today the company announced an open call for all Xbox LIVE members
to register to participate
in a preview program to help the company test the system.
Once this program is kicked off, an update will be pushed to users' consoles that will contain select dashboard features, including:
- New design for integrated Kinect and controller navigation
- New Beacons to play online with friends
- Deeper Facebook integration
- New Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile
Other features and entertainment apps may come into view during the program period.
A console in the program is expected to remain fully compatible with standard retail consoles not in the program. (e.g. party chat will function), Microsoft added.
Microsoft has a new model for registering consoles this year. The new model is a more automated process that should make it easier for Xbox 360 owners to register.
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