Microsoft to offer Xbox Dashboard update preview

Posted by Mike Luttrell

Those who just can't wait to get their hands on the newest Xbox 360 firmware will be able to get preview access to help Microsoft test out the slew of new features.

That is, if you're accepted. To get a shot at preview access, users need to fill out an online survey and then Microsoft will randomly select participants based on those survey answers, to get an accurate cross-section of the Xbox 360 community.

Those who get access will have to agree not to share any details about the update until it goes live for everyone else.

Xbox 360 users are anxiously awaiting the update, which will purportedly give users access to live streaming TV, essentially turning the game console into a virtual cable box, along with access to a slew of other multimedia content and additional functionality with the Kinect motion camera accessory.

Microsoft has failed to fully deliver on its promise of Kinect being a revolutionary media innovation as it is currently seen largely as a gimmick and has only really been used for extremely basic voice recognition and motion-controlled mini-games.

At E3 earlier this year, though, Microsoft showed off much more impressive uses of the technology, including seamless voice command technology in high-profile shooter games and integrated motion controls for hardcore titles.

The update has been rumored to be pushed to all Xbox 360 owners in mid to late November.