updated 10:35 am EDT, Wed September 29, 2010
Xbox 360 Dashboard preview going up later today
Microsoft team member Marc Whitten told gamers that the preview program for the new Xbox 360 Dashboard will go live today. The expansion will bring some interface changes but will primarily add features promised at E3, including the ESPN3 live events, Zune Pass music streaming in multiple countries and Netflix in Canada.
Kinect support is also being built-in ahead of the motion controller's November 4 debut. Besides the games, it will support voice and gesture controls as well as Video Kinect chats that tie into Windows Live Messenger and will support video chat with PC users as a result. Family settings are getting a makeover to help the wider audience coming along with the Kinect itself; a Family Center should come with different presets for access and multiple users attached to a single Xbox Live Gold account.
Microsoft hasn't set a timeframe for the finished Dashboard update other than before November 4.