October 14th 2013 6:00 am PT

New Friends App and Multiplayer Features for Xbox Live on Xbox One

Let’s start off the week with a look at how the friends list will work on Xbox One. Watch the above video where I walk you through how followers will work on Xbox Live. Don’t worry, the friends lists is still there…but we’ve also added the ability for you to have thousands of followers as well.

I explain more below (which I have cross posted on Xbox Wire) :

Xbox Live has always been about building an amazing community. When we first launched the service back in 2002, our vision was to create a premium online place where friends could come together to play games. With your support we’ve created the world’s largest, most-active gaming and entertainment community and now, as we look ahead to the launch of Xbox One on Nov. 22, we want to pause for a moment to celebrate our community and tell you about what we are doing to make it even better. With that in mind throughout the upcoming days in this “Week of Xbox Live,” we will share more news and information about what is coming to Xbox Live.

First, we want to thank you for choosing and for spending more time with us. In the last 12 months, we delivered more than 20 billion hours of gaming and entertainment on Xbox, over 17% growth over the previous year. We’re proud and humbled to be the top online gaming service – according to NPD’s August 2013 Online Gaming report, close to 50% more online console gamers use the Xbox 360 for playing online than the PlayStation 3.

With your increasing engagement with and growing community, we’re able invest in new features and future innovations that bring more amazing experiences to you and the community on Xbox Live.

Your New Friends App on Xbox One
Designed around you and your friends, Xbox One will have plenty of room for all your favorite people in the brand new Friends system on Xbox One. Your Xbox 360 friends will automatically be added to your Friends list. With Xbox One you can have 1,000 friends, connect with people instantly by following them and have infinite followers yourself. You can also see all of your Xbox One and Xbox 360 friends and their activity in your Activity Feed.

Similar to the other social media networks, Xbox One allows you to share the latest in games and entertainment with fellow gamers, friends and family, or even celebrities and gaming personalities by following people. For example, on Xbox One you can search for me by my gamertag and follow me to see what I share publicly, such as my latest game scores and achievements.

On your Xbox One, there are now more ways to connect than simply sending a friend invite. For example, the one-way follow model of Xbox One allows Xbox Live members to connect with the people they care about in an easier way than ever before.

Friends and Followers
So what’s the difference between a friend and a follower? They are all considered your friends on Xbox One, but the levels of privacy between the two are different. You can follow anyone you want and it’s completely up to them if they follow you back. You can also decide what information your followers can see about you.

When you and another gamer mutually follow each other, it creates a more interactive relationship that unlocks the ability for you both to see information like when each other are online, what achievements you earn in real time and what you’re up to on Xbox One.

The Friends app is also an awesome way to find out about new games and activities to take your Xbox One experience to a whole new level.

“A great driver in ‘Forza Motorsport 5,’ for example, could have a huge group of thousands or even millions of followers all tracking their performance in-game,” Rob Lehew, Xbox Live Program Manager, said. “Those followers can have this driver on their personal leaderboard so that they can constantly keep track of how they stack-up, and they can potentially connect online with the driver to get into a race with him.”

Your Gaming Community on Xbox One
Xbox Live on Xbox One was rebuilt from the ground up so that we could combine the hardware and the power of the cloud in completely new ways. Because of this, the new generation of Xbox Live puts you at the center of all your entertainment and games, with the community you built.

Along with the community, the gaming experience you know and love has evolved and gotten even better on Xbox One. A great example of this is Achievements. There are now two types of Achievements: achievements and time-based challenges. The former is similar to the achievements you earn on Xbox 360. Challenges on the other hand are only available for a certain period of time. What you accomplish during that timeframe will count towards unlocking the challenge.

As a nod to our stellar community, many challenges require a community to work together towards a common goal. Imagine, for example, a game releases a weekend objective that requires players to cumulatively secure an objective “X” number of times in a three day period. And every person who participates and helps build towards the challenge’s goals unlocks that Achievement and earns its reward.

Achievements only scratch the surface of what you can do with gaming on Xbox One.
We also continue to make major investments to make multiplayer gaming on Xbox One even better. The video above highlights some of the work our team has done to continue advancing multiplayer on Xbox Live. We are the only premium gaming service in the world to offer Smart Match, which makes it easier, faster and more enjoyable to get into best-in-class multiplayer gaming. Over time the system gets even better as it learns more about you and your friends. Plus no more waiting in lobbies – Just a better multiplayer experience. You can read more details on Smart Match and the Xbox One reputation system.

We have always been laser-focused on those who make our community what it is. This is the community that you built, and we could not be more excited to take this next step with you in the coming months. During the next few days in this “Week of Xbox Live”, we will continue to share news and more information about what is coming soon to Xbox Live.

Cross Posted on Xbox Wire

Xbox Live, Xbox One By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Dylan

    Major Nelson’s bread avatar stole the show in this video. Pretty cool.

    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson


      • Dylan


  • http://raptr.com/unscleric/about UNSCleric

    First thing I’m doing on my Xbox One is following Major Nelson.

    • evilfangs .

      Might be a bit hard to do if you haven’t even setup your Xbox one first :P

    • roozbeh, again

      But you have to update it first to do that, so technically the first thing you are doing is updating.

      • http://raptr.com/unscleric/about UNSCleric

        Oh no, not an update!

  • Tommy Faust

    Am I the only one semi worried about the load times? Shouldnt it be instantaneous given the much faster processor?

    • Lucas Sanches Cestari

      i’m worried about the reputation thing… that means that if you play too good or too bad your reputation will go down??? because there’s alot of bad losers on xbox live =/, even on my xbox live account, i’m with 67% negative reputation! and i’m always top 3 player on halo 4…call of duty… etc

  • http://deulus.com/ Derek D

    Major, when you “snap” stuff like you did in the video, will you need to call out the command always or is that something you can also do via the controller?

    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      You can Snap with the controller or voice.

      • Jeremy Mattsen

        Good to know. Was wondering the same thing.

      • Kinectamaniac

        Oh snap! :D

  • Mitchell Hall

    The new UI and OS of xbox one just keeps getting me more and more excited. I’m in the middle of building a theatre room in my house right now with a 106″ 1080p 3d(not a huge fan of 3D but its a cool extra) projector screen and I’ve had my preorder since june. I am absolutely freaking stoked for my day one console !! Couple that with the fact that I might be getting a year house arrest next month for defending myself in a bar fight and knocking him out.. makes me feel like I’ve got a lottttt of gaming ahead of me. Haha

    • MaximMillion

      House arrest – now better with Xbox One!

  • avi

    oh, you already have a ps4, then?
    also, you’re thinking about recommendations, not ads…you know, something that gives you suggestions as to what to check out next according to your preferences so you can explore things you wouldn’t have noticed before.

  • Jorge Garza

    According to your logic, I am stupid because I like Xbox One… wow, just wow.

    I wonder which is the limit to stupidity. Such a bad troll.

  • oo Yungstar oo

    when playing say….. Forza, can i snap activity while doing so?

    • Jorge Garza

      Indeed, you can!

  • Byyys

    The big question is will it still limit your friends list to 100?

    • robmc

      No, 1000 plus unlimited followers.

  • Christian Morales

    kool can’t wait

  • Mikael Soltaniha

    Love this, honestly I just wish you were forced to have your full name as your gamertag or alternatively on your profile. That would minimize the amount of trolls greatly. Still digging this..!

    • Chris Breseman

      Yeah, I doubt MS, Sony, or Nintendo (or any other console company for that matter) ever forces real name usage on their profiles. Several reasons come to mind, the first being young children under the age of 13 or even 15. I don’t want my son’s name blasted out there for everyone to see. I want that sort of stuff held back for privacy reasons. Now, mine, (obviously) I don’t care about. But from a privacy standpoint I can understand users not wanting it blasted for the world to see.

      There is a system setup for us to deal with trolls and hooligans on the XBox. And for the most part, through my experience, the XBox team takes immediate steps to rectify problems occuring through player behavior.

  • usrev

    I’m just glad it looked smooth. xbox 360 has just gotten so bloated. it literally takes a full minute for me to sign in, and it’s set to sign in automatically.

    follower thing seems ok i guess, but… idk. it seems ok but not amazing.

    the feed thing would be much better if it didn’t take up half the screen I don’t think I could use it.

    • Chris Breseman

      I am glad to hear its just not me taking so long to long in (and mine is auto too). I honestly thought it might be my internet.

      • Death Dealer

        It’s more dependant on how big your profile has become. If you load a fresh profile it loads a lot faster for everything.
        My profile is at 85MB right now and takes about a minute to load too and the marketplace takes some time to verify as well.

    • Pressure

      Be glad. The good folks over on the competing console don’t have things running so smoothly – even in comparison to the 360.

  • Shane Battle

    this is a bit off topic,but…….with the update that has to be done out of the box, will it be available for all as each country reaches the 22nd or will we have to wait till the 22nd in America(having to wait 15+ hours till i can play after i have bought it will suck).

    • mcmax3000

      Well, they’re giving out early Xbox One consoles through a contest with Doritos & Mountain Dew, so I imagine the update will be up before the 22nd, otherwise they’re giving those people early paperweights.

    • moebiouz

      That’s a really good question – thanks for asking it :) I’m going to a midnight launch in Australia which is Thursday, 21 November 2013 at 6:00:00 AM in the U.S. – Don’t want to have to wait 10 hours for an update or to purchase my games digitally.

  • Voreo Sabrae

    Wish i could get this console, wont have enough in time. Id love to of been able to get it on release :(

    • Bryan Soto

      As of 6:24 Eastern, Bestbuy has Day One preorders available.

      • Voreo Sabrae

        But im broke. :/

  • dibils

    didnt you watch the video? he clearly stated many times you can disable the ability for people to follow you

    • Nick Peck

      Gotta love people that don’t pay attention to anything other than what they see as a “negative”. It never ends.

  • Jamie Hall

    Any reason why you don’t show it running from an actual console? It also looks like the screen cuts when you ‘snap’ – thats not how it animated during the May reveal? Its high time we saw more of the whole service through the UI, not tiny parts of it. Give us a proper demo :)

  • Bobby Hitt

    Will we ever gain the ability to label people in our friend/following list so we can remember who goes with which gamertag?

    • Nick Peck

      Possible addition at a later time they said. But ya, I have wanted that too since forever.

      • Eric Lawson

        This is the number one thing that I feel needs improvement. When you’ve got a bunch of friends that like changing their gamertag regularly it’s hard to keep track of who is who.

    • tigertomspill

      yeah it would be nice to use real names and gamer tag for people you don’t want to share your id or in game play

  • George Schneider

    i noticed the lack of any avatars … did MS scrap them?

    • Essel Wilson

      The avatars are still there and they will transfer over automatically when you get your xbox one,why else do you think they have the kinect rivals game for avatars.And for more information check ign’s blog about ask microsoft anything, everything there will answer most of your questions about the avatars and other things.

    • Essel Wilson

      The avatars will still be there and will automatically transfer over there when you get the xbox one,for more information check ign’s blog about ask microsoft anything it will answer most of the basic questions like the avatars for example.

  • Naberios

    I’d like to see the ability to create additional sub folders in addition to “Favorites”…

    • tigertomspill

      I think that would be great idea too halo friends…

  • Essel Wilson

    This looks great but I probably wont be using the social media features because I dont really have that many impressive moments in my games although that might change. Plus im glad I can sign in much faster it takes me about 3 minutes just to sign in on my 360 I can practically make a sandwich and get some soda and it will still be loading up by the time I sit down and sometimes I have to restart it.

    • cbns

      I have to always sign in two times because first time it askes me about those new phone numbers and email addresses for security reasons. Same problem with all my friends.

  • Keith O’Day

    Slightly off topic but still Xbox one related….I was wondering with the Xbox one guide if I tell it to switch to “any network channel” how will it know to switch to the SD or HD version of that channel? I couldn’t find anything on the internet regarding this. What can you tell us Major?

  • http://www.yakkowarner.com/ Yakko Warner

    Any plans to connect Xbox Live friends with Facebook and/or Skype accounts?

  • Florida Tryhard

    smart match is stupid.. i go 50-1 every game in Call of Duty cause im a beast.. now everyone will avoid me and I will have no one to play with

    • Lucas Sanches Cestari

      that’s exactly what i’m worried O_O

    • moebiouz

      at least the new camera in the Kinect will be able to see that big head of yours – ;)

    • X1ultimateGamer


      • X1ultimateGame

        Oooo, Butthurt~

    • Matt Wolf

      Well, at least your username is honest.

  • Chris z

    Thank you Major Nelson. You’re a great part of the Xbox family and I for one appreciate all you do dor us v

  • X1ultimateGamer

    Hell yeah and only on Xbox One will get these sweet features upon features well done Xbox Team I so can’t wait to pick up my Day One Edition on the 22 November

    • X1ultimateGame

      Hell yeah and only on Xbox One will get these sweet features upon features but you’ll be at the bottom of the Reputation well done Xbox Team I can’t wait to kick down delusional haters like this guy on the 22 November

  • Matt Wolf

    I think the friends list is for …Friends, you know …The ones you actually know.

  • Steve Jr.

    Those UI SFX sound awesome. Props to the sound team!

  • bat0nas

    Everybody is joining Major Nelson’s game in 3… 2… 1… :)

  • http://ebusiness.m-karam.com/ Mohammed karam

    I love Xbox and hope next version be more active and get good Games.

  • Chaosprower

    I would like to know if the Xbox Avatars will still be animated and compatible with some games or they have been relegated to just big gamerpics now. The toast and the panda gamerpics look cool btw, are they just static images or can they be posed in 3D like the Xbox Avatars?

  • StonerSmurf420

    So… where halo 3? Still showing might and magic in gwg And still asking full price when I search it. I would have asked in the appropriate article’s comment section but thats a few pages to go through to get there cuz of all the xbox 1 spam.

    • StonerSmurf420

      Asking a question to an apparent brick wall -.-

      • Death Dealer

        16th, not 15th…..

  • tigertomspill

    I would like to use real pictures of you if possible and would also like to use your personal name would be good too…

  • tigertomspill

    Major, have they change the voice message length? and will you be able to send voice message to Xbox 360 users?

  • roozbeh, again

    http:// http://www.eurogamer. net/articles/2013-10-15-microsoft-waiving-gold-requirement-for-free-to-play-sandbox-project-spark

    Do it for all F2P games please.

    • https://twitter.com/JamaInferno JamaIn4no

      its possible, and they are showing you that it can happen. personally, i dont care either way, but on the plus side it will be nice to play Happy wars, world of tanks, what ever if my net goes down for what ever reason.

  • evilfangs .

    Who wants to hear something funny?

    “Red line of death”

    Enjoy Sony fanboy’s hahaha.

    • Guest

      That’s $0N¥ PoS4!

  • https://twitter.com/JamaInferno JamaIn4no

    i agree with daniel. even tho it is already done in 360. i think skype is tho since like msn on 360, you can show skype friends on xbox friends list.

  • EldritchWarlord

    Please, I’m as asocial as people come and I know that friends have a lot to do with gaming.
    Furthermore starting in the 7th generation game consoles have become more general entertainment devices by integrating video, music, and social media services. The usefulness of a feature to such a product is not entirely dependent on its application to gaming.

  • EldritchWarlord

    Parental control features aren’t exactly appealing things to talk about, and the core audience for game consoles is not generally interested in them. It makes sense that they wouldn’t be presented to fuel the hype machine.

    If I were you though I would not worry about Xbox One having fewer parental control options than Xbox 360.

  • Necro

    What happened to recent players? I have seen nothing in this video that shows it. Please dont tell me you guys got rid of recent players?

  • Stereotypical_White_Fella

    I would like to see teh chat have a predictive text function patched in maybe in the future. I normally don’t bother communicating with text on the 360 just because typing the message is a chore to me