Microsoft is offering a "limited audience" of Xbox 360 owners an opportunity to beta test Kinect and changes to Xbox Live before they're scheduled to hit in November. Check your e-mail to see if you're on the list.
Because if you are, you may be receiving pre-release software and hardware early, without the need to schlep to the nearest mall or festival to play Kinect Adventures. Not everyone invited will get a chance to experience this "unique opportunity" but if they do, they'll be among the first to play with Microsoft's big gamble and the new dashboard redesign due before the holidays.
If you're a willing participant in Microsoft's Connect program, check your e-mail(s) to see if Kinect is coming to your house early.
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