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« on: March 29, 2011, 11:26:27 PM »

if you get in you'll get a free copy of Halo Reach plus other possible rewards.
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011, 11:29:25 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011, 11:37:43 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2011, 11:42:37 PM »

US only-yeah fuck you too Microsoft finger
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2011, 12:12:43 AM »

i signed up earlier in the day...have participated in all the dashboard previews so far without any troubles, so i figured i might as well jump on this one as well.  i read an unconfirmed theory on another site that MS may be using this preview to test a new copy protection scheme for their discs and that the free copy of Reach may be their way of sneaking you a modified disc.  it's an interesting idea that would fit in line well with Microsoft's mention of a "new disc format" involved in the update.  they can't change the drives in everyone's 360s, but they can alter the software so that new discs are read differently...
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2011, 12:15:44 AM »

Quote from: disarm on March 30, 2011, 12:12:43 AM

i signed up earlier in the day...have participated in all the dashboard previews so far without any troubles, so i figured i might as well jump on this one as well.  i read an unconfirmed theory on another site that MS may be using this preview to test a new copy protection scheme for their discs and that the free copy of Reach may be their way of sneaking you a modified disc.  it's an interesting idea that would fit in line well with Microsoft's mention of a "new disc format" involved in the update.  they can't change the drives in everyone's 360s, but they can alter the software so that new discs are read differently...

For those law abiding gamers like myself, does this do anything?  Or will it be business as usual?
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2011, 03:54:15 AM »

done.

I wonder if this somehow ties a copy of a game to a console.  could be ominous
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2011, 01:24:55 PM »

Bah, warning to anyone reading this at work, you need your console serial number to sign up so wait until you are at home.
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2011, 01:57:06 PM »

Yup. Just tried signing up at work and rammed into the xbox serial # issue.
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2011, 02:35:25 PM »

more rumors about the supposed new disc format.  it's supposed to free up an extra gig of space on the DVD's.
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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2011, 02:41:40 PM »

Signed up.  I figure as Jack Burton always says, what the hell. 

But didn't we just have a new dashboard update/overhaul?  Or has it been another year already.  Oy.   icon_eek
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2011, 02:58:25 PM »

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Signed up.  I figure as Jack Burton always says, what the hell. 

But didn't we just have a new dashboard update/overhaul?  Or has it been another year already.  Oy.   icon_eek

Last update was when the Kinect launched, so not that long ago.
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2011, 03:04:14 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on March 30, 2011, 02:58:25 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on March 30, 2011, 02:41:40 PM

Signed up.  I figure as Jack Burton always says, what the hell. 

But didn't we just have a new dashboard update/overhaul?  Or has it been another year already.  Oy.   icon_eek

Last update was when the Kinect launched, so not that long ago.

don't forget they used to do major updates twice a year.  of course a dashboard update doesn't necessarily mean the layout will change, it could just be for backend stuff.
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« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2011, 03:54:13 PM »

When I click on the link I'm getting a message saying they no longer need applicants.  Guess they filled up fast.  I'm at work, so I wouldn't have had my number anyway.  Oh well.
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« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2011, 04:00:43 PM »

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am happy to announce that we’re doing an Xbox 360 System Update Preview program for our next release, and the opportunity to sign up is now available. We are conducting an open call for US based participants* for a public preview to help us prepare for an updated Xbox 360 disc format. This is an important update as we continually strive to improve our products and we could not do so without the help of our great Xbox community.

Emphasis mine. They're talking about new disk layout (hence the new game). Looks like perhaps they're going to either force installs, or perhaps they have found some new efficiencies.

Speculations:

1) forced partial/full installs
2) license transfer to HD so you won't need the disk.
3) disc could refer to hard disk, but generally "k" and not "c" is used.
4) arrangement of data on disks to improve performance
5) further copy protection / DRM
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« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2011, 04:24:37 PM »

Quote from: Purge on March 30, 2011, 04:00:43 PM


Speculations:

1) forced partial/full installs
2) license transfer to HD so you won't need the disk.
3) disc could refer to hard disk, but generally "k" and not "c" is used.
4) arrangement of data on disks to improve performance
5) further copy protection / DRM

I can't see it being number 2,as i would just buy games,install them and then take them back and trade in for the next new game i want

as you say in 3 the Disc/Disk thing at least in the UK its Disk for Floppy Disks and Hard Disk Drive,DVDs and CDs are Discs,but i know some of you guys say Disk for CDs or DVDs

it seems everyone is saying what CK said,that it is to free up an extra GIG or so on DVDs
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« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2011, 04:27:51 PM »

If they add a generated key, and it registers based on console and phones home, they may be able to get the license per disk. I *really* hope that's the case, but I doubt it.
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« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2011, 04:34:51 PM »

Quote from: Cragmyre on March 30, 2011, 03:54:13 PM

When I click on the link I'm getting a message saying they no longer need applicants.  Guess they filled up fast.  I'm at work, so I wouldn't have had my number anyway.  Oh well.

Yeah i am afraid MN just posted this on his twitter

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« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2011, 05:04:28 PM »

Well I hope that means I got in and get a free copy of Reach!
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« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2011, 05:51:54 PM »

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Well I hope that means I got in and get a free reach!

saywhat

I'm not sure "Xbox" means the same thing to different people.
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« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2011, 05:55:18 PM »

Quote from: Purge on March 30, 2011, 05:51:54 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 30, 2011, 05:04:28 PM

Well I hope that means I got in and get a free reach!

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I'm not sure "Xbox" means the same thing to different people.

I didn't say reach around! slywink
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« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2011, 07:43:05 PM »

I remember back in aught diggity five every company would give you a free reach around. Hell, President Benito Churchill gave me one good when I knocked a turnip off the dining table in the Oval washroom.
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« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2011, 07:55:59 PM »

It looks like selection notices have started going out.

I got my "you weren't selected" email.   disgust
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« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2011, 08:41:32 PM »

wow I signed up and I guess the application didnt even go through. Oh well, I would've been rejected anyways, quite the running theme.
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« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2011, 08:50:01 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on April 05, 2011, 07:55:59 PM

It looks like selection notices have started going out.

I got my "you weren't selected" email.   disgust

Wow they even sent emails to say you didn't get in?  I still haven't received anything.

EDIT: Ok I guess I got in.  I just checked the connect site and it said I am in the program.
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« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2011, 12:33:05 AM »

i haven't gotten an e-mail yet, but i did go to the MS Connect website and was immediately taken to the update program's website when i signed in...says i'll be getting my free copy of Reach and access to the program at some time in the future, but no official start-date has been set yet.  there's also a little bit of information about how the program will work, including some basic details about how they're splitting participants into groups that will each experience the update in slightly different ways to test various issues.  while earlier programs were more like 'sneak peeks' of the latest dashboard, this is looking to be more of a true beta testing event.  i'm really curious to see the latest changes and learn how this whole beta programs plays out as it seems quite a bit different than the previous dashboard update previews. 
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« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2011, 12:37:37 AM »

My laziness overcame my interest.  Once it told me I needed to go get the ID numbers off my console, I closed the browser tab.
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« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2011, 01:04:12 AM »

 IN!!
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« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2011, 01:26:48 AM »

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IN!!

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« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2011, 03:44:43 AM »

Quote from: PeteRock on April 06, 2011, 01:26:48 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 06, 2011, 01:04:12 AM

IN!!

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even better, i already have a copy of halo reach, so i didn't even need it.  biggrin Tongue
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« Reply #30 on: April 06, 2011, 04:44:05 AM »

 IN!!
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« Reply #31 on: April 06, 2011, 12:14:37 PM »

Pete, they just know you should be studying and are looking out for your best interests.
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« Reply #32 on: April 06, 2011, 12:32:27 PM »

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« Reply #33 on: April 06, 2011, 01:10:02 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 06, 2011, 12:37:37 AM

My laziness overcame my interest.  Once it told me I needed to go get the ID numbers off my console, I closed the browser tab.

hah - I'm the exact same way!

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« Reply #34 on: April 06, 2011, 02:06:31 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on April 06, 2011, 12:14:37 PM

Pete, they just know you should be studying and are looking out for your best interests.

I wonder if that has something to do with it.  Not necessarily in quite the literal sense, but if they consider gaming time and availability based upon time logged in the past few years then it wouldn't make much sense to select me. 

Not only would I have limited time to test out the new dashboard, but it's not like I'd have any time to play Halo: Reach, either.  Sometimes it sucks to be realistic.
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« Reply #35 on: April 06, 2011, 02:28:39 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on April 06, 2011, 02:06:31 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 06, 2011, 12:14:37 PM

Pete, they just know you should be studying and are looking out for your best interests.

I wonder if that has something to do with it.  Not necessarily in quite the literal sense, but if they consider gaming time and availability based upon time logged in the past few years then it wouldn't make much sense to select me. 

Not only would I have limited time to test out the new dashboard, but it's not like I'd have any time to play Halo: Reach, either.  Sometimes it sucks to be realistic.

I think you're overthinking the candidate program.

They looked at your gamertag, saw Philly, and said EEEEWWWWWW.
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« Reply #36 on: April 06, 2011, 02:34:03 PM »

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I think you're overthinking the candidate program.

They looked at your gamertag, saw Philly, and said EEEEWWWWWW.

You're just still mad that it's US only.  Eh?   ninja2
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« Reply #37 on: April 06, 2011, 02:43:39 PM »

Yer damned right.
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« Reply #38 on: April 07, 2011, 02:06:54 AM »

I just got the update over XBL.  you should see it Pete... it's.... it's.... it's full of stars.....
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« Reply #39 on: April 07, 2011, 03:14:04 AM »

Indeed it is, but sadly there's not much else....yet!
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