Xbox 360 Dashboard 'Public Preview' registration begins

Microsoft's Larry Hyrb (aka, Major Nelson) has announced that those interested in getting their hands on the new Xbox 360 dashboard early can now register for the Public Preview program. The purpose of the early preview is for testing purposes, but the update is expected to roll out to everyone "this holiday."

The preview itself will include the new Kinect-friendly design for navigation, "new Beacons to play online with friends," deeper integration with Facebook, and cloud storage for Xbox LIVE profiles and game save files.

According to Major Nelson's blog, those who register for the preview will have an automatic update pushed to their consoles, once the preview launches.

Those who are interested in participating can click here to get themselves registered. You won't need to register your specific console when initially applying, but will once the program launches. Microsoft has made a few tweaks to the console registration process as well. "We will not ask you to type in your console information upon initial registration; once you are approved to participate in the program, look for details on our portal about how to register your console," the blog explains.

Though you can currently register to your heart's content, when the actual dashboard preview will kick off hasn't been shared, yet.