2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta *UPDATED* (Beta 2.0.16197.0)

2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public BetaXbox LIVE's Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) posted today that the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta program is open for registration.

Users who register and are accepted into the program can expect updates to be pushed out to their enrolled console(s) that will include dashboard features such as:

  • Internet Explorer on Xbox
  • Personalized dashboard recommendations
  • Enhanced category search and discovery features
  • Pins to customize the Xbox dashboard

Other features may also become available during the program, and Microsoft notes that consoles in the program are expected to remain fully compatible with standard retail consoles not in the program (meaning you should still be able to play against others on Xbox LIVE whose consoles aren't running the beta dash).

It's of course too early to know whether the beta updates or the final update will bring about any changes that affect the Xbox 360 DVD drives or c4eva's cfw. However, once the beta updates start being pushed out, we'll report here on c4evaSpeaks if there are any firmware-related effects after team member's test boxes have been put through their paces.

*UPDATE* [2012-07-27 06:43PM UTC]
Registration is already closed. The first Beta program update has been pushed out to enrolled users, and brings the Xbox 360 dashboard/kernel up to version 2.0.16091.0. Users have reported that backups still boot fine on LT+ v3.0 and xk3y also continues to work on LIVE. So far, there have been no reports of any adverse effects on c4eva's iXtreme firmware.

*UPDATE* [2012-08-10 12:32PM UTC]
A second update has been pushed out to all users in the Public Beta program. This update brings the Xbox 360 dashboard/kernel up to version 2.0.16113.0. LT+ & backups still work fine, as does xk3y. Here's a compiled list of noteworthy changes:

  • Added Internet Explorer browser to Apps
  • Added "My Pins" panel
  • Added "Recent" panel
  • Added recommendation panels to Dashboard
  • Added ability to name console from settings
  • Added option to turn on SmartGlass
  • Added option to enable Play To
  • Dashboard tiles enlarged
  • Smaller background stage size
  • Combined TV and Video into TV & Movies
  • Authentication servers updated
  • Fixed USB bug when unplugged from console
  • Fixed black level problems in Xbox Video and Xbox Music
  • Fixed connectivity issues with some older model routers
  • Fixed network discoverability issues with some home wireless networks
  • Fixed issue with Rock Band and Guitar Hero wireless accessories that were broken in the last update

*UPDATE* [2012-08-21 03:08PM UTC]
A third update has just now been rolled-out to all those in the Public Beta program. This update brings the Xbox 360 dashboard/kernel up to version 2.0.16133.0 (we rubbed our eyes too at first, but quickly realized it's "133", not "113" which was the previous update). c4eva's iXtreme LT+ still working fine with backups, and xk3y also continues to function normally as well. This update's changelog isn't as hefty as the last, and centers primarily around bug fixes, performance improvements and features for Internet Explorer, namely the ability to customize Xbox Pins with one's favorite websites. Microsoft has also integrated a third list type in the Web Hub to display featured websites, selected by MS and tailored for the user's region.

*UPDATE* [2012-08-24 09:41AM UTC]
Microsoft has decided to expand the Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta program by accepting a new round of users, according to email invitations sent out earlier today and yesterday. The Beta update, destined for final release this Fall, allows participants early access to several new features in advance of launch, including voice search, Internet Explorer for Xbox, improved category search and personalized recommendations.

"Due to the overwhelming demand for the Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta, we will be opening up the beta to additional users. The last beta filled up in a matter of hours so be one of the first to sign up for this public Xbox beta program and see what all the excitement is about!"

*UPDATE* [2012-08-28 07:44PM UTC]
Microsoft has just pushed out a fourth update for the Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta, which now brings the Xbox 360 dashboard/kernel up to version 2.0.16145.0. Short and sweet: LT+ v3.0 working, xk3y working. We'll update this again in a bit with the notable changes once those details are available.

*UPDATE* [2012-09-04 11:03PM UTC]
A fifth SystemUpdate has been deployed to all those in the Public Beta. Another eye-crosser this time ("145"->"154"), with the new version of the Xbox 360 dashboard/kernel now being 2.0.16154.0. Backups are working fine with LT+ v3.0 both offline and on LIVE, and the same goes for xk3y both off and online.

*UPDATE* [2012-09-11 06:31PM UTC]
A sixth update for the Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta program has just been released. This update brings the Xbox 360 dashboard/kernel up to version 2.0.16167.0. As with the previous updates so far, backups under LT+ are still working fine on LIVE and offline. The same applies for xk3y, which also continues to work without issue both on and offline.

*UPDATE* [2012-09-18 09:15AM UTC]
Microsoft has released a seventh update for all participants in the Public Beta of the Xbox LIVE Update for Fall 2012. The Xbox 360 dashboard/kernel is incremented to 2.0.16178.0 following the update. LT+ continues to function as normal with backups, tested offline and on Xbox LIVE. Xk3y is also operating fine under the same testing scenario.

*UPDATE* [2012-09-24 06:17PM UTC]
An eighth Public Beta update has been rolled-out today to all users in the program. This new update puts the Xbox 360 dashboard/kernel version at 2.0.16189.0. Backups running on LT+ work fine still, tested off and online. The same story with xk3y — it too remains fully functional on LIVE and offline.

*UPDATE* [2012-09-27 07:59PM UTC]
Microsoft has deployed yet another update today for participants in the Fall 2012 Public Beta. The ninth in the series so far, this one bumps the Xbox 360 dashboard/kernel version up a little bit, coming in at 2.0.16191.0. LT+ and xk3y are both still working fine with backups on Xbox LIVE and offline.

*UPDATE* [2012-10-06 04:48PM UTC]
A tenth update has been released as part of the Fall 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta program. This latest update brings the Xbox 360 dashboard/kernel to version 2.0.16197.0. Backups continue to work fine under LT+ and xk3y, both offline and on Xbox LIVE.

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  1. avatar N6GBW says:

    Hi 1st time posting here, tried this yesterday and still got in on the beta downloaded and works great, really like it, friend checked today and still able to get keys for the public beta. not sure if i can post a link so haven't but let me know if i can or anywhere for you guys.

    FYi C4, i have to say great work with LT+ Keep it up.

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  2. avatar dark-31 says:

    guys i juast wanna konw if there is a free month on xbox live whene i use it for the first time and is the last updat safe fo lt 3.0 ? thank you : )

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  3. avatar dx5512 says:

    Have heard a few reports but just wanna confirm, is LT+3.0 working and safe with the new dash?

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  4. avatar dark-31 says:

    dx5512 my frieng just download the updat and he told me that there is no probleme

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  5. avatar 6rdjp8 says:

    hi guys please help me do i need the latest dashborad to play latest games ?? pls pls reply and i do not play online pls reply

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    • avatar Ibanezzer says:

      It depends on which firmware your drive is flashed with. You don't need the BETA dashboard, it is just a test dash. There is no reason not to update to the latest dashboard if you have LT+ 3.0 firmware.

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  6. avatar 6rdjp8 says:

    no no jst a think like i keep the current dashborad for the new fall update comes still do not connect the live soo still the games would run in lt 3.0 ????? and one more question like if i buy gta eflc from a shop pirated lt 2.0 so how will i play it on lt 3.0 plzz help

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    • avatar Ibanezzer says:

      That GTA game will work fine on any firmware. It's is just an old XGD2 game. You should really take the time to learn more about this stuff if you are gonna use a modded console. If you are on a dash that currently supports LT+ 3.0, then you have nothing to worry about with any game as long as you're sure your drive is LT+ 3.0 and you are burning your games with a LiteOn drive with Burner Max firmware.

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      • avatar 6rdjp8 says:

        jst one last thing like any game i buy from the shop lt 2.0 will work on lt 3.0 i hve a Philips-LiteOn 16D4S not sure but my xbox 360 mrf date is 2011-01-09 xbox 360 slim 4gb

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        • avatar Ibanezzer says:

          That's incorrect. Not all games burned for LT 2.0 will work on LT+ 3.0 firmware. If the game is XGD3 burned with BurnerMax firmware, it will work on the new dash with LT+ 3.0 firmware. There are 6 games that are XGD2 that still must be burned for LT+ 3.0 as they carry the AP 2.5 security. Google them if you want to know what they are. Buying burned games from a shop is asking for trouble. If you buy the game from a shop, you must run it through abgx on your computer to verify its safety. If it doesn't verify as safe, you shouldn't be playing it in your console. If you wanna know which ones are XGD3, go to the abgx website and type in the title and check its verification status. Like I said, take the time to learn this stuff or you will never be safe.

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          • avatar 6rdjp8 says:

            thank u very much appericate your time and imformation

          • avatar 6rdjp8 says:

            even if i dnt connect my xbox 360 to live ???

          • avatar 6rdjp8 says:

            one last thing see i jst buy the dics so i hve readen my fourms sayi to play lt2.0 on lt3.0 u must repatch and reburn so how to do that it was already been burned by the shop seller plz last help requid

          • avatar Ibanezzer says:

            You can't patch an already burned disc. If it isn't patched for the newest dash before it's burned, can't be changed on the finalized disc. Re-patching the games actually means patching the image of the game on your PC hard drive. You can patch the image and burn another copy.

  7. avatar dx5512 says:

    Never heard of a store that sells burned Xbox 360 games.

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  8. avatar ashil123 says:

    is this beta dash lt3.0 safe..???

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  9. avatar ashil123 says:

    sorry thats not what i meant…
    i know that the beta dash is lt3.0 safe but
    will the real dash which is gonna release this fall be different than the beta dashh???

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  10. avatar ashil123 says:

    sorry..!! my bad.
    i wasnt thinking properly for some reason..!!

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