2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta Registration Open Xbox 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* 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.