Xbox 360 LIVE Beta enrollment now open for 2012 Fall update

Microsoft has announced open enrollment for their 2012 (fall) Xbox LIVE update for the Xbox 360 console.

The new features for this update we revealed at E3 back in June are the ones coming for this update so getting a sneak peek is always a blast. Some of those new features for this preview include:

  • Internet Explorer for Xbox
  • Personalized dashboard recommendations
  • Enhanced category search and discovery features

Internet Explorer should be a welcome, if not odd, addition to your TV—but since Google TV has it, Microsoft needs to add it too. The “Enhanced category search” feature is an extension of the VideoSurf purchase by Microsoft in late 2011. We detailed that acquisition and what it means for Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 8 and is worth a read.

Enrollment is limited meaning first come, first serve... so head over and fill out the form. Of course this is a beta, so know the risks ahead.

Source: Major Nelson

Update: Enrollment is now closed.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Already signed up ;). Looks to be a good year for Microsoft.
  • All signed up.  I was also part of the spring update beta.
  • I'm in as well. :)
  • To paraphrase Morpheus, I'm in!
  • Done and done. Glad to see pinning being added. Would be nice to have the home tab on the console be customizable.
  • If you would've read deeper into it there are now going to be pinbable tiles to the home screen
  • Source? I would like to read about all of the features...
  • Signed up as well :D
  • second year in a row for me!
  • Anybody think we will get anything after the beta is over?
  • Satisfaction that you got to check out something new before your friends did. ;)
  • If it's like past Betas, no.
  • Spring beta last year we got halo reach so maybe
  • I was a part of that too, but that was because we were testing larger storage discs, so we had to get a game for free. 
    Hopefully they can be nice and give us some MS points :)
  • Thanks for the tip
  • I truly love the Xbox team doing this!  Totally wish the Windows Phone team followed in the same footsteps.  Yeah, I know.  There will be with Windows Phone 8.  But why they waited for WP8 to enact community involvement with Betas was a shame.
  • All in once again.
  • One thing you didn't mention Daniel is that its going to have pinnable tiles that way you can customize the home section of the dashboard
  • Since were beta users are not allowed to mention contents of the beta update I'll keep my mouth shut so everyone else can suffer knowing that I know the features that there gonna find out in a far future
  • Signed up again, I've been in of last couple of years
  • If you sign up, are you pretty much guaranteed to be in?
  • Was part of the last fall beta, so happy to be at it again :)
  • How long does it take for my
    console to receive the update?
  • Woot, signed up and in. Was part of the beta last fall. Looking forward to this one.
  • anyword on smartglass though? (i mean the browser probably eneds that to actually work like its suppose to)
  • I was wondering about that..
  • Whoo-hoo im all sign up and ready to go! :P
  • I'm in! I'm definitely going to be very involved in this beta.. This is Microsoft's year for sure!
  • So will we be contacted to register our Xbox's?
  • Like apple did with the iPhone and its early app build up we have the Xbox with early app build up lol got ya apple don't even think about making a gaming console Microsoft has it on lock BIOTCH LOL!!!
  • Signed up. I have't missed the beta program for the last four years.
  • Its closed now.
  • Wow! That was quick!
  • So how do we update our consoles if we were selected?
  • Once they roll the update out, the console will update just as if it's a regular update.
  • Grab lunch and miss out...dang
  • I am am in
  • Dang it!! Filled up already!!! :(:(
  • Got in too. But my buddy missed out 2 mins after me. =/
  • I'm hoping for the smart glass app around about the same time, I remember the WP7 companion app came out not long after the tester got the beta dashboard last year.
    I really enjoyed last years testing and am equally looking forward to this years, especially with the smart glass and IE10.
  • I was going to do it but I can wait for the final one to pop up
  • Also part if past betas for live updates. I can't wait!
  • Dammit, I missed this one. Just woke up....darn timezones....
  • I've been in all beta testing but this one damn it ....what was it open like 30 minutes.
  • Same here, all betas since original live beta on original console. I see this and it is already closed. They used to leave it open for a day or two. Must be a smaller beta group this time around.
  • I accidentally registered two accounts, now I have two keys but I only have one console. #firstworldproblem
  • If someone could use it id tale it =)
  • Just got in yes.
  • how do i know if im in?
  • Hey yall