Why I’m Excited about Online Gaming with Xbox One

This morning, we announced a new beta program for Xbox 360 called Enforcement United, that lets Xbox Live members like you get involved to help make Xbox Live a more fun, fair and safer place for everyone to play. Xbox Live is the best online gaming experience and now we’re enabling every member to help us make it even better. We also unveiled Xbox Community Level, a website where Xbox Live members can earn rewards and recognition for participating in the Enforcement United beta and the long-standing Xbox Live Ambassadors program.

It’s a great way for Xbox Live members to engage with their community, but it’s not the only element we’re bringing to the table. Here are a few core features for Xbox One, developed specifically with the Xbox Live community in mind, that make online gaming better:

Xbox Live Multiplayer on Xbox One
You’ve told us that Xbox Live is the best service for online multiplayer gaming, and we’re continuing that tradition on Xbox One, where we’ve made the multiplayer experience the way we all want it: smart, quick and intuitive. What makes Xbox Live revolutionary on Xbox One? It’s the power. We’re investing in more than 300,000 servers to supercharge Xbox Live. With a wealth of new features and the stable service you need, Xbox Live on Xbox One offers you THE multiplayer experience to game with all of your friends.

Better Matchmaking
Earlier this summer, I talked with Micheal Dunn, Program Manager on Xbox Live Services, about the new Xbox One matchmaking system called Smart Match. The key here is that you no longer have to sit and wait for a game to match you with other players. With Smart Match on Xbox One, I can put in my match request, then switch over and catch up on the posts on Xbox One or watch TV or a movie. When a match is found, Xbox One tells me so I can re-enter the game instantly. Smart Match also matches you with players like yourself, making your multiplayer gaming even more tailored to your game style.
Smart Match

Enhanced Reputation and Enforcement
The Enforcement United program will complement Smart Match’s new reputation system on Xbox One. We’ve updated our proprietary algorithms for monitoring gaming behavior on Xbox Live, expanded scoring elements, engaged our enforcement team and created requirements for games to take reputation into account. The new reputation system is built on a model that accounts for how you behave and whether you positively or negatively affect others. As long as other players or the games you play are not negatively reporting you or your actions, you’ll maintain a positive reputation. Ways to weaken your reputation, for example, would be to join a competitive, veteran area and try to disrupt games, or join a casual play area and be a griefer. We’ve also worked hard to ensure this new system can’t be manipulated by groups of griefers. Our goal is to create a safe and fun place for gamers without BS from trolls and spammers. Casual gamers might not even notice that this new reputation system is in place, but trust me, serious online gamers will be glad it is.Enforcement United Screen

New Achievements System
Achievements have always added that extra layer of accomplishment, challenge and reward for Xbox Live members, and we’re excited to continue that tradition on Xbox One. We’ve introduced a new kind of Achievement called a Challenge, where players and friends can work to accomplish time-based objectives resulting in winning cool free stuff. Developers can also now continue to grow and expand their achievements over time, so you have more opportunities to build up your score without being limited to the achievements on the disk. Don’t forget, your Gamerscore will also carry over from Xbox 360.

Game DVR, Upload
With Game DVR and Upload Studio, you can create and add epic video clips to share with your Xbox Live friends. With Xbox Live on Xbox One, you now have new ways to record, edit, share and broadcast the best moments from your games. Game DVR lets you record your favorite highlights. You can then use Upload Studio to customize and show off your big victories, including adding your own voiceovers by using Kinect. You’ll have a number of custom skins to choose from to make your clip stand out even more and you’ll have slow motion and other editing tools. It’s your own editing bay for the documentary of your gaming life.
Upload Studio

These are just a FEW of the thing that make gaming great on Xbox One. There are lots more to come, so be sure to stay tuned for more exciting details as we march towards the launch of Xbox One.

Cross posted on Xbox Wire

     

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  • Joseph

    All reasons why I cannot wait to get my Xbox One🙂

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  • Syres

    It keeps failing to find my gamerscore. I pass everything else. Its says I need 2000 gamerscore well I have 42000 so why does it keep failing…..

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    • Syres

      By the way Im talking about Enforcement United beta

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    • StaceyJK

      Me too.

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      • Syres

        Im talking to xbox support right now on twitter hopefully they can figure it out.

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    • xcrstnx

      Same here

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    • Sledg

      I assume you are all Xbox Live Ambassadors?

      “Current Xbox Live Ambassadors who meet qualifying criteria can register now to get involved in the Enforcement United beta. We plan to make the program available to broader Xbox Live members when it officially launches in the coming months.”

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      • Syres

        Yeah, well I am I don’t know about staceyjk. Thats why I said I pass everything put gamerscore.

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      • Sledg

        I was just making sure.

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  • JuanCabrera

    There has to be a way of making Community Playdates easier to manage. For example: Major Nelson’s Community Game Nights, One of Swords’ Playing With Swords, or Giant Bomb’s Thursday Night Throwdowns. Today, the community manager has to go through loads of messages and friend requests. Streamlining this where the system splits the players into groups, rotating them with the site hosting the event so that they all get a chance to play, could be really cool.

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  • xcrstnx

    I hope they soon bring xbox one over south america

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  • Just Me

    I want to play with Sprinkle Bear…

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  • Boss

    Xbox LIVE always been better than others for 10+ years

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  • Bobby B

    What’s stopping people from ‘trolling’ the Enhanced Reputation and Enforcement system. People can give you bad rep just because you beat them at a game or because they think it’s funny. Sounds like a good system on paper but it can still be abused causing bad rep when you don’t deserve it.

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    • ungeheier

      Are people doing that to the current reputation system?

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      • Syres

        Yeah I used to have a really positive rep, but since playing CoD my rep is in the toilet and I don’t ever talk trash or annoy anyone but I always get accused of cheating when Im not. I can’t help I t I’m good at the game.

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      • Bobby B

        Gears of War 2 killed my rep cause I was good at it. From personal experience, yes, people do it.

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      • Sean Mesler

        Yes. All. The. Time.

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      • Death Dealer

        Yes, the reputation system on the Xbox 360 is pretty much useless. Even the worst people have 5 stars. It should just be removed from GamerTags, just like the Zone. Replace that info with games completed or games played MS.

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    • A. J.

      The new system is supposed to be smarter and more dynamic. Your rep will improve over time if you don’t get negative reps. In addition, it will look at other factors, such as if another person constantly gives others bad reps, it may give lower the value of what he submits.

      Honestly, it would be trivial from a programming perspective to make note of how often someone gives a negative rep for someone after losing to them, or when someone constantly gives negative reps to an entire other team.

      This is what Major is describing. How well it will work in practice is unknown yet. But let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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    • Nick Peck

      Everything everyone thinks of, MS has already thought of it and has a counter for it built in. No worries.

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  • ungeheier

    Great. Can we get a commitment that download speeds will increase when we purchase games from the marketplace? Or how about a way to pre-order from the marketplace and have the games download at midnight?

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    • Boss

      it downloads as you’re playing so you can start playing straight after you purchase

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      • ungeheier

        We’ll see about that. With thousands of people all trying to buy at the same moment, I doubt that’s going to work as well as you think. =

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      • A. J.

        Unless it works like Steam and lets you buy a game before it is released. That way it can download 99% slowly before hand, and the last 1% on release day.

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    • http://123kinect.com Legreffer

      It will download when the XO is off (low power state).

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  • Markus Hudobnik

    Xbox Live > PS+ in terms of Online experience

    Now lets hope Xbox Live gets free games like the PS+ (after the free games with gold)

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    • Lee Forbes

      Yeh alot of playstation people, seem to forget all those times that PSN went down, or got hacked.

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    • Ian

      If Microsoft can continue to find ways to provide its customers with free games while making the publishers not feel cheated in the process, it will be a marvelous next generation with xbl

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

    These are the reasons I’m excited too. Also looking forward to seeing what all those servers can do for the overall speed (not to mention Halo for Xbox One’s dedicated servers and 60 FPS promise.

    I don’t get why the Enforcement United isn’t recognizing me as an Ambassador though. I was from the very first batch of people ever picked to be an Ambassador specifically by TriXie.

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    • Nick Peck

      wrong post haha, sorry.

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  • mcmax3000

    So far, this enforcement united beta is just serving to remind me why the person at the top of my recent players list says “Last Met 76 Days Ago”.

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  • Spargo CXVII

    Hey Major, one question. I’m pretty sure that I’m getting Xbox1 on day one. Nevertheless, they are still some games I’ll be playing on my 360(Fable Anniversary)…Is my gamer tag going to work on both consoles? Or is going to be a big hassle to move my gamer tag between them? Just wondering. Thanks.

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    • Nick Peck

      I’m sure you will just login and download it on the XBO and it will work on both, I don’t see why not but to be honest, I have wondered the same thing haha.

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      • Spargo CXVII

        Sure hope so!!

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    • mcmax3000

      It did on both the original Xbox, and the Xbox 360, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t work across platforms again, especially now that they’ve gotten rid of the idea of having to migrate your gamertag.

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      • Spargo CXVII

        Honestly, I can’t remember but that would be great.

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    • DarkMaturus

      Marc Whitten, the Xbox VP, tweeted me about this. He said your gamertag will work seamlessly across both consoles.

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      • Spargo CXVII

        Sweet, Thanks.

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  • Gerald Williams

    What we really need is a way to organize our friends. For example, put them into groups by what games they play, etc.

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    • Nick Peck

      I’d like to “add notes” so I can put peoples real names in there so I don’t forget who they are haha.

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      • Eric Lawson

        Oh yes, adding notes would be awesome, especially if you’ve got people who change their gamertags and you have no idea who they are any more.

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      • Holesome

        Great idea. This is similar to Party Poker and other games. I used to note who bluffed often, who was nice/naughty, all-in pre-flop, etc.

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    • Boss

      Would love an option to follow peoples gamertags like on twitter

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    • Seekul

      Why you gotta put me in a box, man? I play all the things.🙂
      Especially games with boxes. Sokoban 4 life.

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    • Quanicus

      I’ve been saying that for years. Not only that, if we can have virtually unlimited friends, and a bunch decides to log on within seconds of one another, that will be a lot of “******* has signed on. Will there be a way to turn that off and not other notifications? I do love the idea of categorizing your friends.

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  • Nick Peck

    Larry, stop teasing us please! Can’t wait to check all of this out.

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    • Lucas Sanches Cestari

      yep!!! i already pre-ordered the xbox one, GIMME THE XBOX ONE, MAJOR NELSON!!!

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  • DarkMaturus

    I’m pumped. He talks about Veteran Areas. This is great. In Black Ops 2 I get tired of telling teammates in public matches to “get out of the spawn” and “play the freaking objective” lol

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  • roozbeh

    ‘Looks at a photo of xbox one’

    -If only I could preorder.
    ‘Cries’

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    • Sledg

      ??

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      • roozbeh

        I dont have credit card. Cant preorder this wonderful machine. Oh why obama why???

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      • Quanicus

        How is that Obama’s fault you don’t have a credit card?

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      • roozbeh

        He sanctions my country. I had hoped we find peace by now but its only gotten worse.

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      • Sledg

        Oh, sorry! Maybe Hassan Rouhani will make it easier for you and some of those sanctions can be removed.

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      • roozbeh

        Actually the house at the USA just past even more sanctions.
        Oh ****

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      • Sledg

        Yes they did but it was just for oil exports as far as I noticed.

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      • roozbeh

        Yes but what you don’t know is that we have practically been cut off. We cant trade with anyone really. We give oil for basic necessities. And at a very costly price for us. If we even trade for cash it mustn’t be a currency of a country that sanctions us ($€£¥).
        But hell right? Who cares?

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      • Sledg

        Oh, I’m sure people care but I won’t get in to it on here because it’s a bit off topic🙂

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      • Quanicus

        I don’t think its a matter of “Who Cares”, but a matter of “What can we do?”. I hope every thing eventually works out.

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      • roozbeh

        Finally sympathisers. Thank you

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      • Brian

        buy a credit card gift card with cash. preorder. profit.

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      • roozbeh

        cant do that. im sanctioned from everything

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      • Brian

        I don’t understand, but alright.

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  • sebastianboehm

    Matchmaking can not work as long as you don’t have more information about the players, something like a “xbox live social network” is required before you can start to make a matchmaking.

    For example, i dont want to play with children or people who dont speak german or english.

    One of the few games i played online was burnout paradise. There you had a lot of goals to achieve, for example doing things with 5, 6, 7 or 8 people online in the game.

    I have been hosting the game, but i had not the necessary optinons to make it fun: i was not able to block the game for new entrys while doing a 5 people goal so suddenly someone appeard and we have been 6 people, goal not reached. I was also not able to throw people out of the game, who did not cooperate. So it was more luck than fun to fulfill some goals.

    If you want to do matchmaking, first of all some data should be collected, like languages spoken, age and stuff. and there should always be a host who controls a game channel, that’s better than a stupid rep systems where old mistakes are never deleted.

    And talking about the achievments, could you please count online and offline seperately? Would be nice, i dont like online play because of some problems with matchmaking and all the boring multiplayer games so i would prefere to have, letz say, 1000 gs points online and 1000 gs ponits offline per game so you dont feel so uncomplete just because you dont have the online scores because you dont like it.

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    • Lee Forbes

      Alot of that is to do with the game, not Xbox live. Many games now do let you choose preferences of skill level, language etc

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      • sebastianboehm

        It has to do with xbox live and the xbox operating system.

        let me give you a complete different example to explain the problem. i had an amiga computer more than 20 years ago. on amiga, there have not been scaleable fonts, but one word processor had it’s own scalable font technology. then i moved on to pc, using windows 3.1 which had true type fonts and so all programs had scalable fonts available, not only one single piece of software.

        Online gaming has to do with people and for organizing people, social networks are the best option. if this feature would be available from xbox one, every game can benefit.

        Some part of a social network are already there, you have accounts, you have chat, why dont they bring this together with more detailled profiles, the ability to create clubs which you can join, such a social network connected to the xbox would make matchmaking much better and easier.

        why should every game developer invent the wheel again and again? as far as i understand, it is part of an os to provide basic functionality which programs can use.

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      • Chris Rabideau

        They’ve already spoken about a lot of these features targeting age groups, language, etc. becoming available with the better Matchmaking system on Xbox One. You should search out those announcements to get up to speed.🙂 They don’t need a separate social network when they already have accounts and data they need built into the existing LIVE network. They are just going to leverage that information better with Xbox One.

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      • sebastianboehm

        A separate social network would still be a fine extension, xbox live is no place to have diskussions like this for example. I am sure, it would help players a lot if this function would be available.

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      • Grant Abbott

        They have forums, that’s all they need honestly. Building social networks for gaming never works out because it’s going to be limited to gamers (which isn’t big enough to sustain itself).

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    • Quanicus

      The reputation seems to be aimed at A’Holes, separating the bad from the good. If you’re a jerk, you play with other jerks, genius! People seem to care about others knowing their jerks, so maybe this will build a better online experience. I’ve been on Live since 2002, and over the last 5 years when playing most multiplayer games I mute the entire room. Simply because their are way too many A’Holes on Live!

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  • Ian

    Please tell me this system will allow me to stop playing with kids online. I cannot stand 10-17 year olds whining about what guns are for looting in BL2 or chomping at their chips in CoD or trying to get me to join schoolyard clans in Halo.
    I’m sure there are some mature folk in the younger generation on xbl, but the fact of the matter is that I don’t notice them because the high-pitched loud group is all I remember.
    I hope this system works, because right now, I only desire to play with people I personally set up games with. And they aren’t always available.
    Thank you for constantly updating your blog Major! Will there be a sales chart for the next two weeks coming in soon?

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    • DarkMaturus

      Age based matchmaking would be cool

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      • ungeheier

        And gender.

        18-25 SWM.

        😉

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      • roozbeh

        For some sick reason I would play with the girls if had the option.

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      • WARLORD

        Lol there’s nothing sick about playing with girls :)-

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      • Dylan

        That’s a controversy waiting to happen…

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      • ungeheier

        “You guys play lick girls”

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      • Brian

        how do you prove age? People could put whatever they want.

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    • DarkMaturus

      Oh, and matchmaking based on people that have mics

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  • Quanicus

    I knew you had it in you Microsoft. With all the mixed announcements in May/June, this has to be the best information I’ve seen. Thanks Maj. Nelson, Microsoft is finally making contact with the ball. Keep it up!

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  • Charles Walton III

    It’s all sounding good to me. I like how I can do something while I wait for a match to start. Even just checking my email in snap mode or something. Ive always thought it would be cool if i could multitask on on the 360 while i wait for a match. And i really like how the Xbox One info is being communicated so much better now too. There has been a lot of great information coming out and Everything is sounding so good. I’m feeling more and more excited about picking up an Xbox One on release day.

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  • Senses Failed

    Er because MS pay you to be? WTF

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    • roozbeh

      Pays you to be what?

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      • Senses Failed

        Look at the heading, what do you think i mean!?

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      • roozbeh

        I feel sorry for you. Don’t even bother to respond.

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      • roozbeh

        Here’s my reply to that moderated message.
        LoooooooooooooL. Man you made my day.
        Swearing in a page about community based reporting.
        Good riddance. Get the hell out troll.

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      • Lee Forbes

        Oh ok, gtfo

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    • Victor

      This is xbots party. Don’t ruin the fun.😀

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      • roozbeh

        and you are a loner ps fanboy thats in here. now you were saying?

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  • Kieran

    Rumor is at Gamecom Microsoft will announce a price drop? I hope so? its the only thing stopping me from pre-orderinjg an XB1

    . I’ll be pre-ordering A PS4 or XB1 after this event, to get one on launch day.

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    • roozbeh

      Here’s hoping my friend. I have no problem with the price but I can see people have discontent about the price.

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      • Kieran

        I’ll be buying it outright the day i pre-order 450 is my limit PS4 is attractive at 400 Euros. But i am an x box 360 user so i would favor staying with Microsoft if i could.

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    • Sledg

      Yes, it’s a rumor but we’ll see if it actually happens. I actually think it’s worth the current price but that’s just my opinion.

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      • Tomo

        Yes, but Microsoft can afford a loss. And would get much more sales in the long run if a price drop was to occur. Even a drop by €50 to make it €450.

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    • Brady Nickell

      Mine is paid off so if they take a hundred off that would be nice. Buy another game!!!!

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    • WARLORD

      As an avid gamer I’d say just get both why limit yourself. When you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

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      • Lee Forbes

        Why limit yourself?… Money?

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      • Brian

        aren’t people who can drop $500 on a console at launch usually not that worried about money?

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      • Lee Forbes

        No I’m having to save up for 6 months to almost have enough for the console

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      • paul rolland

        AM waiting for the Xbox one as at the moment its just a money hole with live, plug and play headset ect @.@

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    • Swat

      The price will drop after Christmas.

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      • Michael Burden

        I wouldn’t hold your breath on that one, look how long it took before the 360 and PS3 got price cuts. And the WiiU has yet to see one and that thing is running on life support right now. You will probably see value added to the console such as larger hard drives and bundled games before any price cut after launch, much like this past generation.

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    • evilfangs .

      Good luck with this one mate, both consoles have basically sold out nearly every where.

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  • Boss Saucier

    I can’t wait to pick up my Day One console!

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  • Max Wetzelsdorfer

    Part of the ambassadors program aswell as the enforcer one! Love to help.

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  • http://www.dextress.com/ Adam Washington

    The site looks pretty broken at the moment – it doesn’t allow me to join the Ambassador program even though I have over 1,500 Gamerscore (35,000-odd) and reports a ‘sign in error’ when I try to apply for the Enforcer one. Any ideas Major Nelson?

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    • Brian Cooperider

      You currently have to be an ambassador to join the enforcement beta, that much I can answer for you

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