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Appeared on: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Microsoft Announces Xbox LIVE Public Preview Program

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.

Users interested in participating to the Public Preview should visit this page.


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