Xbox Live 2013 Public Beta Now Open For Registration

As per usual, Microsoft holds public registration events to enroll in their latest Xbox 360 update around this time of year. You can expect this year to be no different, as registrations for the 2013 Xbox Live update is now open.

According to Major Nelson’s blog, it will feature updates to improve overall performance and to finally say goodbye to Microsoft’s current currency, Microsoft Points, which will be replaced with your local currency, a feature that was announced back at this year’s E3. Additionally, you can expect the Microsoft Points currency to be retired sometime at the end of this year.

However, unlike the previous public betas for past years, this year will see a change in format in how Xbox Live members can register. This time around, willing participants can just simply sign up from their console. Though those who do register for the upcoming Xbox Live update must sign an non-disclosure agreement in order to participate.

At the moment, there’s no release time frame indicating when you can expect this beta for the update to roll out, but as more information becomes available, we will be sure to keep you informed on the latest details.

Will you be signing up for this Xbox Live update beta? Let us know in the comment section below!

  • jahladagaming

    Don’t see any point in trying the Beta as we’ll all be getting the update eventually.

    • But you get it first and people can provide consensus feedback on what’s generally favored and not favored as opposed to Microsoft just saying “New update, like it or not here are your features…MS points are definitely being axed though. Thank goodness as was getting ready annoyed at how I was spending $20 on a 1600 MS points card to buy a 1200 point($15 real money) game.

      • WarBroh

        I got news for you. Every update is a ‘like it or not here it is’ from MS

        if you think they’re interested in your feedback you are smoking something good

        • Raymond Featherston

          Why would they release a beta if they were not looking for at least a little feedback, that is the point of a beta after all. You seem to not have understanding of some fundamental ideas and yet you skip straight to comments to post ill informed comments, ill informed comments are not favored here just to let you know.

          • WarBroh

            “why would they release a beta otherwise” lol, because MS. their beta is to collect metrics and verify they’re not bricking units, not get 200000 opinions on the color and size of tiles or whether you like the new swoosh transitional sound effect that replaced the swish.

            as for your personal attack you can pound it up sideways, just to let you know.

            • Raymond Featherston

              “as for your personal attack you can pound it up sideways, ” wasn’t really an insult from most of your comments you seem pretty ill informed and post comments anyways, saying someone is ill informed is not really an insult, I was just recommending you actually get some information on what you are talking about before you comment. Oh being well informed is not a “nerd dilemma” nobody no matter what their social group is will take you seriously if you seem ill informed in the topic you are speaking about. “sideways, just to let you know. me no care about your nerd dilemmas” you don’t seem to care about the dilemmas of above third grade level grammar either.

  • MrClean

    I’m so excited to see how they will fit more ads onto my screen.

    • DanDustEmOff

      You clearly have not had XBL there is only ever one small ad usually for Netflix or Lovefilm in the bottom right hand corner of one screen. I come across more advertising driving to work than I do on XBL.

      • Mr. Thuggins

        Complaining about anything Microsoft is the cool thing to do now. You’re fighting a battle you cannot win.

        • DanDustEmOff

          Apparently Bill Gates is Satan. Anything MS do is to corrupt us in to worshiping him.

          Did you know the reason why the Kinect is always on is so it can slowly steal your soul?

          • Mr. Thuggins

            It’ll be hard to steal my soul since they already have it from when I signed up for XBL Gold.

      • MrClean

        As a matter of fact, I do have an xbox. I am looking at it right now. Currently, the only things that are not ads are three small green boxes on the left side. The other boxes that take up 75% of the rest of the screen are advertisements either for microsoft products, games, or random crap that I don’t care about. It is not “one small ad”, it is the vast majority of my screen. This is the case for that, and 5 other panels. The only part of the dashboard that is not littered with ads is the settings tab, which I need to scroll through said 5 tabs of ads to get to.

        • Why are you on your dashboard when you could be playing games? “Gee I bought my Xbox 360 to look at my dashboard”

          You don’t scroll through 5 tabs of ads unless you have the cursor down from the actual tab to where the ads are actually placed and go from left to right. You can also use the Xbox jewel to quickly go to settings or any of the dashboard submenus which is a bit faster anyway.

        • Mr. Thuggins

          Complaining for the sake of complaining. If you have XBL, you know where everything is, the quickest way to get to it and disregard the rest. The one real advertisement doesn’t impede your progress in any way and the rest is just news that’s relevant to some people.

    • bushwookie117

      I don’t know about you but I go on my xbox to play games, not stare at the dashboard

      • IceKoldKilla

        Irrelevant. For many, they use it for much more than games. For example watching movies, simply listening to music, going to the Marketplace, etc. You must be one of those you has it to automatically run the same old game and nothing else. I can’t see any other reason to not even see the Dashboard. The point is, ads take up space to something that should be used only to navigate to what I need and as fast a possible. Not complicating the way there. Yes we know you get use to using it and knowing where to go exactly but not everyone likes ads in their face. Should either be optional (if the consumer wants to be alerted of new content, services, etc) or completely not there. They charge for XBL Gold with the excuse to offer a better service yet they need ads to gain more money. Fucking greed is what I call that and especially from a typical American company like M$. Oh and I’m no racist. I’ve lived 11 years in the US to know what it’s like to live in a world where they tell you in different, nicer words what to buy. They basically use this to brainwash you into thinking it’s the best thing you’re gonna buy. Not many are smart enough to ignore 100% the shit shoved in their face. People think it’s normal because we’ve grown up living like this. Sorry I got too much into. Just had to get it off my mind and it’s still relevant to the subject in a way. PS3 still offers a little bar on top with basic news/ads and one place where all ads are put into so you can look at them or skip them. They don’t shove it everywhere you go. Clean XrossMediaBar. And free service so you see even with no income for PSN they have little ads.

        • DanDustEmOff

          To me an advert that I would be adverse to is something that is unrelated to the system. I do not see trailers for games, dlc promotions and film and music promotions as annoying if they are available to use on the system.

          How else are you supposed to know it is there if they don’t make you aware of its existence from time to time. If the ads were for snacks, soft drinks or something unrelated then I would have a problem with it.

          Even the BBC which is free of advertising promote their own shows and products. For the most part the Xbox in that resect is realitively ad free.

  • Mr. Thuggins

    I missed out last time so, it would be pretty cool to get a sneak peek of what’s to come.

    The whole interface of XBL is one of the main reasons why I prefer Xbox. In my experience, it’s much more user friendly and simple but, that’s probably because I haven’t really used PSN all that much.

    • Cole.

      Yea I love having ads when I pay for online to!

      • Mr. Thuggins

        Ads are a part of daily life so, I take them in stride.

  • Ryan Schulze

    My major curiosity is how my remaining points will be converted to money. I should be able to use my remaining points combined with actually money to make purchases. I went to buy a game the other day and it wouldn’t use my points. Simply wanted my credit card# for the purchase total. That being said, the one big update overt the last several years was the final inclusion of being able to DELETE or OPT OUT of renewals with your CC. Now, it’s very easy to delete or add account information.

    • ChrisBChillin

      When it ask for money you should be able to change payment options to MS Pionts by pressing the X button on the download confirmation screen. I personaly have never found anything that wouldn’t except MS Points this way.

      • Ryan Schulze

        I’ll give it a try. I want to use up the remainder of my points, but it won’t amount to enough to buy a game, so hopefully it’ll let me split payments.

  • Katana67

    Can’t buy weed and pussy with Disney dollars… (Microsoft Points)

    • Alex Melendez

      I have no idea how that relates to this topic, and the fact that you “buy” pussy is incredibly sad.

      • Katana67

        The fact that you couldn’t pick up on the joke, and are now making false inferences about my personal life is far sadder.

        • Alex Melendez

          Not really.

          • Katana67

            Couldn’t have just been a stand-up guy and said “Oh my bad, I didn’t understand the joke”?

            • Alex Melendez

              Oh my bad I didn’t understand the joke 😀

  • xbox rules

    The beta I’m in it are you. No more Microsoft points I wonder how long its going to take for people to complain about this

  • SangheiliSpecOp

    XBL betas are usually buggy for me and end up annoying me more than anything else, although when I taunt my friends with the new awesome features, my e-peen grows a few inches.