Destination Arcade available for a month only

Xbox Live’s new Destination Arcade application — aka the “recommendation engine & visual browser app” for XBL Arcade games — will only be available for download and use for the duration of this year’s Summer of Arcade promotion, which kicks off next week. Or such is the understanding of Xbox Live’s director of programming Larry Hryb.

“I have learned that the Destination Arcade app will only be available for the duration of the Summer of Arcade promotion which ends August 18th,” Hryb writes on his blog. That’s a period of just four weeks then.

Needless to say, announcing a redesigned interface and then only making it available and usable for one month — and in the US only no less — is an awfully strange move on Microsoft’s part; just a temporary release to test / garner feedback then, perhaps?