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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  2. avatar 6rdjp8 says:

    guys plz reply will i be able to play gta 4 and gta eflc on llt 3.0 plz replay

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  3. avatar bmwtje325i says:

    My xbox is broken sins the SILENT UPDATE november 15th 2011 was last time that i played over XBL, fixt my xbox again but there are 3 or 4 updates out know is it safe too take does update with LT 2.0 on my xbox with dash 2.0.9 ??????? ore do i have too go back too stock FW first. Greetz my

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  4. avatar DOE says:

    anyone whos on the beta dash a new update is rolling out that brings the dash to 2.0.16113.0

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  5. avatar AnfieldAn says:

    Hi guys, a question for all who have updated to this version
    this BETA update doesn't flash the firmware to stock, right? [flashing is a tough task for me] so I'd pbe pleased if it didn't
    an answer would be appreciated :)
    thanks for your time
    regards
    Aniket

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  6. avatar ashil123 says:

    will this dash revert the xbox drive to stock

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  7. avatar Ibanezzer says:

    The beta dash didn't. No one knows on the final dash until it's released.

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  8. avatar dude says:

    ok so…. no new fw in like 8 months is there any new progress data?

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    • avatar admin says:

      Nothing to report publicly at the moment.

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      • avatar Anonymous says:

        Talking about taking your time I just want to know is this going to be like the ps3 because that's what it's starting to look like to me

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        • avatar Ibanezzer says:

          Well if it's too slow for you, why don't you sit down and develop thousands of lines of microcode that can both defeat Microsoft security checks and play burned games. Go ahead, and when it's not fast enough, listen to all the crying asses such as yourself.

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          • avatar Anonymous says:

            How about you go and suck some ones d**K I WAS not taking to you

          • avatar Ibanezzer says:

            Um…It's a forum, who were you "taking" to? (Notice the part where I made fun of your spelling.) If and when the firmware is released, notice will be given. It has been that way for years, it won't change today for you or anyone else. Patience is the key. Thank you very much, we're Nine Inch Nails, good night!

        • avatar Stridz0r says:

          They're implementing the "Blizzard way", It'll be ready when is ready – but they're on it, and it will come out eventually. We have two options: to wait, or ask for a refund… oh, it's free?!? … I think you get my point.

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          • avatar kingthor says:

            Stridz0r:
            They're implementing the "Blizzard way", It'll be ready when is ready – but they're on it, and it will come out eventually. We have two options: to wait, or ask for a refund… oh, it's free?!? … I think you get my point.

            How does "the blizzard way" works??

          • avatar Ibanezzer says:

            Blizzard Entertainment makes video games. He basically is saying the firmware will be ready when it's ready, kinda the Blizzard motto.

          • avatar Stridz0r says:

            "The Blizzard way" means that they're working on it and it won't come out until C4e (and probably Team Xecuter if they're developing a replacement PCB and/or QSB of some sort) is satisfied with the finished product.

  9. avatar 6rdjp8 says:

    guys i got my xbox flashed to lt 3.0 and i hvet hree question 1: if i jst connect to interen not play online games will it ban me is it safe ? and if there is a title update in a game will it mess my game up? and last question do we need the latest dashborad to play the latest games ???? plz replay my three question plz

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    • avatar Stridz0r says:

      1.- depends on the backups you're using. Google ABGX360; 2.- not in my experience, but can't say for sure, although I believe it's not likely.; 3.- Latest batch of games require 14719 to run, latest dash is 15574.

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      • avatar 6rdjp8 says:

        i dnt know which backuup im using i jst hve two games right now the amazing spiderman and prototype 2 in future sleeping dogs etc so after the new dash borad will i be able to play latest game on this dah 15574?

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