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

  • Timothy Monica

    JUST AWESOME!!!! LOVE IT MAJOR!

  • Hit Man

    That looks pretty good. I can’t wait to try it out.

  • Andrew Giusto

    Does the Xbox 360 get 1,000 friends list or is that only for the xbox one??

    • KillerByte

      The Xbox One is 1,000 but I think you can have as many followers has you want

  • Robert Johnson

    Looks great. I hope we will be able to turn off the sounds tho. They drive me nuts in 360 apps.

    • Silent_Killer01

      downloadable system sound packs would be nice.

  • Silent_Killer01

    Would like more info about external storage and pricing.

  • GREY

    Make new keyboard! With dictionary, “.com” button and etc. It’s can save so much time! Look at Steam Big Picture, what Valve done with it

    • xPutNameHerex

      I may be wrong, but some of the keyboards do have a “.com” button on the 360, just in IE or other areas where you might be typing in “.com”. It’s not on the keyboard for the friends list since “.com” isn’t generally featured in people’s gamertags.

      • GREY

        Maybe, i didn’t see this button, when i login on Xbox 360. Anyway, type “steam big picture keyboard” in Google, it’s much better than deafult keyboard

  • hsith

    I wonder if we will be getting more videos in the future. Looks neat

    • avi

      we most likely will.
      nelson said that more videos will be uploaded once the release date nears. we should be a full walkthrough of everything soon.
      I just want to see the customization features.

  • Dadula

    xbone nelson
    can i watch TV with the xbone?

  • ROadkill66611

    Sounds much better than ps4′s ’2,000 friends’ model. X1 gamers can have 1,000 friends AND follow and be followed by an UNLIMITED number of people — giving us potential access to joining the games of, and playing with UNLIMITED gamers as well as access to whatever they decide to share with their followers!

  • CA$H

    finally a video tutorial should have made one about the family sharing too bad its gone now though

    • Guest

      It’s coming back sometime after launch. We all know it, just like it is on Steam.

      • Morris ヅ

        it will be better then steam.

  • Guest

    This is so much better than the poor PS4′s UI and this feature rocks. No more friends list full of people you don’t know IRL.

  • Guest

    Not yet. Xbox 360 will need a codec update for that to work, IF that would work.

  • KillerByte

    Looks Awesome, puts the PS4 UI to shame

    • Guest

      It definitely does. It makes it a PAUPERSTATION!

      • KillerByte

        lol

    • Jarrichvdv

      PS4 UI is completely inconsistent and messy! :-/

      • Xboner2013

        All I can say is on my Vita I can get to everything very easily and quickly, no mess at all. Beats Metro any day of the week.

        • Guest

          Your Vita’s a DEAD POS!

          • Xboner2013

            I love it, got it about 7 weeks ago, I think I have turned on a console once since then. Each his own but I love mine.

            I mean I had all these people telling me how difficult PSN is, it was a simple breeze on the Vita, at least that is my experience.

          • Jarrichvdv

            I won’t go that far. The PS Vita is still a nice piece of hardware.

          • Xboner2013

            It’s my first handheld since the old arcade football games way way back in the day. I haven’t had any issues yet and the UI is good, getting into PSN is simple.

            Each his own but I am glad I got it. My first PS product ever.

          • http://www.ehirsh.com/ Evan Hirsh

            Same here. I am a person getting a Surface Pro 2 and a Xbox One but i’ll be damned if the Vita is not the best portable gaming system I have ever played. I have been an owner since day one and still love mine.
            Now all it needs are some games.

  • Death Dealer

    Looking good Major Nelson! Hope some of the features make it back to the Xbox 360 somewhere along the line too. Glad I preordered an Xbox One!

  • MrHawkeye1996

    This is awesome.

    • Guest

      Sure is. $0N¥ PauperStation N4Gtards like “You are flat out wrong” are crying and downvoting already. Poor paupers!

      • Guest

        Yes, now we know who the serial downvoter is. What a pathetic little douche.

  • johnabraham

    I don’t care for the interface, but I’m sure I’ll come to like it.

  • Nathanzz

    So there’s three levels now: followers, friends, and friends with benefits.

  • ElDirtySquirrel

    Jeeze, your such a piece of toast, Larry! (awesome feature, this is gonna be great)

  • Jarrichvdv

    You’re not the only one, buddy.

  • Jarrichvdv

    It’s a matter of personal taste ofcourse. In the end, you can’t please everyone. Maybe you don’t like the visual style of the interface, but one thing we know for sure: the interface will be extremely simple and to the point, which is vey convenient.

  • Jorge Garza

    Despite all bad things, yesterday I paid my Xbox One plus Forza 5, can´t wait till Nov. 22!

  • KillerByte

    We need more videos like this

    • Death Dealer

      I agree. Can’t wait to see more.

  • evilfangs .

    Looks like a decent UI, not like some UIs I seen lately.

    Hopefully Larry can showcase other videos like this.

  • MrHawkeye1996

    I hope the messaging system is like facebook messaging. Where you can have chat rooms and view the messages you sent!

    • baconcheeswhiz89

      homie theirs party chat

    • Morris ヅ

      messaging prob going to be conversations.

  • KillerByte

    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.

    Hell yeah

  • Kinectamaniac

    I don’t like that Xbox One will continue with “reputation”. Because I don’t quit matches, I’m always friendly to other players, I don’t “cheat”…I’m basically the ideal friendly gamer. But yet, some goofball players decided to send negative reputation my way, just for the heck of it, I guess…so my Xbox 360 reputation certainly does not match how I am in reality. And now I get to look forward to the same thing with the Xbox One.

    • Kinectamaniac

      LOL @ the people already sending negative reputation my way in this comment section.

      My point proven.

    • Ivanx360xpira

      I know what you talking about…I got a bad reputation on “bad language” playing Max Payne 3, strange enough I wasn´t even using a microphone that time…Though it didn´t affect my reputation as a whole, but yes live is full of those morons that send negative reputation for them own pleasure…

      oh and in that match there was a moron who stayed at spawn point just head shooting everyone…that guy deserved some bad words!!

    • evilfangs .

      I’m exactly the same, as soon as I heard about the reputation system months back and being put into “bad lobbies”, I already knew I’ll get screwed :(

      Trash talking: 4% – I only chat in parties so no I don’t trash talk people in lobbies.

      Language 1% – Same again, parties.

      Aggressive 7% – How exactly someone can be aggressive I’ll never know lol, again I don’t use my mic in lobbies so it’s not talking aggressively.

      Unsporting 52% – This is clearly from beating people at games like BF and Call of duty, I don’t boost my ego or what ever when I win a game.

      Quit early 7% – Only time I exit a game early is when my internet drops out or I’m needed badly in real life. I don’t “rage quit” games.

      All stats are clearly false and would put my in bad lobbies.

      • Kinectamaniac

        Ah ha…I got my answer…by reading the reputation section that Major Nelson has already posted.

        It kind of is automatic. The more ya play without getting bad rep from someone, it will increase your rep in a positive manner.

        The system does allow for some negative rep without damaging your overall rep…in case there are some people that give us negative rep.

        Sounds like a good plan.

        Sorry I didn’t click on that reputation post earlier, MN!

    • Kenny

      The problem with the old system is generally the only feedback given is bad. If people like you they just keep playing and don’t bother with feed back. So you’ve made a few hundred gamers mad vs the thousands you’ve played with and didn’t have a complaint. I think the new system will see this and you will have nothing to worry about.

      • Kinectamaniac

        With the Xbox One, won’t reputation only improve if others give you good reputation? I’d really like more info from Major Nelson, hint hint, on how reputation can improve.

  • Morris ヅ

    Looks neat hope we see more features in this space!..

  • avi

    anyone notice it said ‘playing gta V?’
    gta 5 coming to xbox one confirmed?

    • Guest

      They are playing it on Xbox 360. All statuses from Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will be shown too.

      • avi

        oh….well, then nmv lol.
        sorry, my bad.

  • evilfangs .

    I know this is just a demo and not actually real world stats, but 0:20 someone is playing GTA 5 on the Xbox one. :)

    Holy hell the downvoters are in force today lol. Got myself a downvote 2 seconds after posting. That is some sad dedication right there.

    • Death Dealer

      Xbox Live is multiplatform.

      • evilfangs .

        Oh I didn’t know that, cool. So everything my friends do on their 360 I’ll see on my Xbox one. Can keep up my stalking!

        I know it wasn’t you, it’s some sad lonely ( more then likely ) Sony fanboy.

    • ddv

      it’s not showing someone playing gta5 on xbox one, they’re playing on the 360.
      xbox one and 360 friends list are the same, so you can see what your friends are doing on either console.

    • http://www.ehirsh.com/ Evan Hirsh

      Nice catch, but I think we are factoring something out here. See how in that feed, some pictures are small and some are large? the large pictures are the Xbox One data and the small ones are info from friends playing 360.

      • Death Dealer

        Correct. Xbox One has a new Gamer Picture size.

      • evilfangs .

        I’m not sure this is the case with large pictures being Xbox one feed data and small before 360.

        For example:

        Check out 0:10 into the video you will see on his feed someone with a large picture ( Xbox one so you say ) playing GTA V “Skeezy Pezzy”, which would be he is playing GTA V on his Xbox one?

        Then at 0:21 of the video a feed pops up of “Fujiwarano” also playing GTA V with a small picture which you would also have said is Xbox 360?

        Major Nelson has commented saying this is real feed data from his friends list so it can’t be big picture = X1 and small picture = 360 judging by my observations.

        • http://www.ehirsh.com/ Evan Hirsh

          Here is my hypothesis. When you sign in to XBL on your XB1, it updates your profile photo to the larger one, and everyone on XB1 sees that profile. The image would be scaled down if viewed from 360, but I think the smaller images are from accounts that never ever registered on an Xbox One.

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

      Since that is my real friends list, it is showing someone playing GTAV on Xbox 360.

      • Xboner2013

        Why are you deleting posts?

        All I want to know is if the 50% number you supplied is U.S. only? If you don’t want to answer that is fine but there is no reason to delete a post, you are PR right?

      • Xboner2013

        Why are deleting posts… only like the 4th one?

        Do you not want me to be here?

        • Xboner2013

          Nevermind Major, found it myself. Nice PR though.

          www (dot) gamespot (dot) com (slash) articles (slash) npd-more-gamers-play-online-through-xbox-360-than-ps3 (slash) 1100-6415561 (slash)

          “Of note, the NPD Group tracks data for the United States only.”

          Honesty is the best policy.

      • Xboner2013

        Haha deleting again.

        Do you not want to clarify to the public the finanical information you are providing?

  • baconcheeswhiz89

    seems like a awesome feature, but really hope to see the “unexpected” to pop up before the release.

  • Xboner2013

    “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″

    Major Nelson, Globally or US?

    This would fall right into the numbers for US sales.

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

      NPD’s are US only.

  • Xboner2013

    Disappearing comments again…. seriously.

  • Mik3t

    That is excellent at last we get to see some of the great features

  • ungeheier

    Very clean looking! More videos please!

  • avi

    major nelson, any information on background themes??

    • http://www.ehirsh.com/ Evan Hirsh

      Most likely they will be based on solid colors, much like the W8 and WP UI.

      • avi

        hopefully, we get full themes (like the ones on the 360)

        • evilfangs .

          Wouldn’t the tiles block the themes even worse then they do now on the 360?

          I think we might only get colored blocks for each tile.

          • Death Dealer

            It could, it works on Windows 8.1 pretty well though.

    • dibils

      i wouldnt mind no themes if we have the freedom to change the color of those boxes, i get sick of looking at green

  • Jacob Bishop

    Is recent players still a thing? I rather found it useful at times.

  • dovellonsky

    Now i want Wp8 and Windows RT APP ;)

    • avi

      i agree that would be cool.

  • Scott Mayle

    Sounds need to be redesigned as well. I find them a bit abrasive. Always end up putting them on mute.

  • http://www.xbox.com/ Martin Davies

    Release date can’t come quick enough!

  • ElektroDragon

    ALL I want to know is, did you finally change the friend popping on notification sound so that it is DIFFERENT from the Achievement sound? My two year old is constantly saying “Daddy got an achievement” when its just a friend popping on.

    • dibils

      your 2 year old must think you are a really good gamer, getting achievements every 10mins on avg

    • evilfangs .

      I die a little inside when a friend comes online and I think it’s a achievement. :(

      • roozbeh, again

        I have the same feeling towards messages.

        The frustration… it burns me…

      • Mitchell Hall

        Haha I knoww! I can’t count how many times I’ve done something cool in a game right at the same time a friend comes online and I think I might have got an achievement, then I jusr see a friends name pop up.. its heart breaking lolol

    • Chuck

      why would you want to destroy that cuteness.

    • usrev

      I wish there were different sounds for everything, achievement, friend online, and message/invites should have different sounds.

      • ElektroDragon

        Yep, they found a way to squeeze ads into new dashboards, but not new sounds for different notifications, or to even raise the resolution of the banner message, which looks 480p. Shows where their priorities are I guess.

  • Alex_Atkin_UK

    “We have always been laser-focused on those who make our community what it is.”

    I can’t help thinking this is clearly not true or the always online functionality would never have been proposed in the first place. Yes you listened to the community and fixed it, but one would think being laser-focused on the community would have prevented the mistake in the first place.

    That said, there are some nice new features here. Its going to be interesting to see if Sony have learned from Xbox Live and improved PSN as much as claimed. I get the feeling they may too have followers seeing as the whole UI has a social network vibe. Its going to be an interesting November.

  • https://twitter.com/JamaInferno JamaIn4no

    Am I seeing that correctly? Dashboard achievements, thats pretty neat [ Xbox 360 badge, Day one badge, etc]

    if thats the case, there should be more badges to show your rep. people who follow you can see if your constant streamer [On Live badge], gets above 70% completion in almost all games ['I am that good' badge], plays alot of shooters ['FPS ATW'] etc ^^ that would be nice

    • evilfangs .

      In a way yes! In another no, I’m already addicted to getting my achievements, please don’t add in badges lol. I’ll go crazy.

      • https://twitter.com/JamaInferno JamaIn4no

        lol, i see your point.

    • Death Dealer

      Yes, but in a way they’ve always existed for Xbox Team members. Just look at the 3 logos next to Major Nelson’s name in his GamerTag.

  • Stereotypical_White_Fella

    This will be a feature I never use :( Nobody ever sends me friend request :(

    • https://twitter.com/JamaInferno JamaIn4no

      I wonder why.

      but on the other note you can follow others and keep in check

  • beardyman3218

    Do we have to use this or is it optional? Can i use the old system of just having a friends list?

    • https://twitter.com/JamaInferno JamaIn4no

      you can have just your friends list. you dont have to make favorites, and as he said- in privacy you can stop followers. -_- by all means

      • beardyman3218

        Thanks, does that also mean i can disable the activity feed feature? ( the video is not loading for me)

        • https://twitter.com/JamaInferno JamaIn4no

          You activate that feature. so if you dont want it, just dont say “xbox, activity feed” ^^ then its smooth sailing

    • Chuck

      the new friends list can be 1000 people long, if you had that many friends a ‘favorties’ list might be useful.

    • Mik3t

      Its the same apart from the the fact that if someone does not follow you back then you are not friends so following someone back is like accepting a friends request

  • Lucas Sanches Cestari

    hey major nelson! if i buy an xbox one will i be able to talk to my friends on xbox 360?

    • Chuck

      I think the answer to that is yes.

      • Mik3t

        Depends what ‘talk’ means i think text messages will work but voice will not

    • Ted Summers

      Using Skype I think you will if the 360 has Kinect.

    • mcmax3000

      I imagine you mean party chat, in which case, the answer is no.

    • Michael W

      No voice chat will not work because of the new voice quality upgrade in the xbox one. Text communication will still work fine though.

  • david_hoyland

    Looks a tad on the slow side to be honest. Hopefully that’s because it’s still in development.

    • roozbeh, again

      Faster than the current interface though

      • david_hoyland

        Well yeah but that’s hardly a positive is it, the 360 is ancient.

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

    It is Discus’ moderation engine that is flagging the posts (as usual)

    • roozbeh, again

      Wow, you actually replied to that. Serious props

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

    NPD’s are US only

  • roozbeh, again

    How the hell did that not get moderated

  • roozbeh, again

    Looks nice and tidy, looking forward to it.

    But why make it a separate app?

    • http://about.me/chuck.yoder Chuck Yoder

      Probably because it seems to be architected over the Windows 8 core.

 

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