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

Comments

  • Matt Wolf

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

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  • Steve Jr.

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

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  • bat0nas

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

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

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

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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    • StonerSmurf420

      Asking a question to an apparent brick wall -.-

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      • Death Dealer

        16th, not 15th…..

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  • 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…

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  • tigertomspill

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

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

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  • evilfangs .

    Who wants to hear something funny?

    “Red line of death”

    Enjoy Sony fanboy’s hahaha.

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    • Guest

      That’s $0N¥ PoS4!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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

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