Selected users will receive a special update which comes with the following features:
- ratings and recommendations
- in some parts Voice search will also be available as part of the update
- an improved search for categories
- Internet Explorer for Xbox
- the ability to pin and add games to list of favorites
We went ahead to register with the Beta Program. During the registration process Microsoft’s site timed out a couple of times. Ever since Microsoft opened beta yesterday at 9:00 AM a lot of XBox360 users have been trying to apply for a spot in the beta test team. As a direct effect the site loads very slow. After registration you are presented with a “Nomination survey” where you are asked details like your Xbox LIVE Gamertag, the type of your XBox Account and even if you or someone from your family is a member of the media.
Once you sign up you agree under signature not to disclose any details regarding the update or regarding the new firmware. Microsoft opened 500.000 spots and most of these have already been filled. The page with instructions on how to apply to beta can be found here.