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

  • Timothy Monica

    JUST AWESOME!!!! LOVE IT MAJOR!

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  • Hit Man

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

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  • Andrew Giusto

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

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    • KillerByte

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

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  • Robert Johnson

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

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    • Silent_Killer01

      downloadable system sound packs would be nice.

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  • Silent_Killer01

    Would like more info about external storage and pricing.

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  • 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

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    • 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.

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      • 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

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  • hsith

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

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    • 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.

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  • Dadula

    xbone nelson
    can i watch TV with the xbone?

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  • 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!

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  • CA$H

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

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    • Guest

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

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      • Morris ヅ

        it will be better then steam.

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  • 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.

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  • Guest

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

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  • KillerByte

    Looks Awesome, puts the PS4 UI to shame

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    • Guest

      It definitely does. It makes it a PAUPERSTATION!

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      • KillerByte

        lol

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    • Jarrichvdv

      PS4 UI is completely inconsistent and messy!:-/

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      • 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.

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      • Guest

        Your Vita’s a DEAD POS!

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      • 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.

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      • Jarrichvdv

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

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      • 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.

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      • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • MrHawkeye1996

    This is awesome.

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    • Guest

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

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      • Guest

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

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  • johnabraham

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

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  • Nathanzz

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

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  • ElDirtySquirrel

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

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  • Jarrichvdv

    You’re not the only one, buddy.

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  • 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.

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  • Jorge Garza

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

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  • KillerByte

    We need more videos like this

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    • Death Dealer

      I agree. Can’t wait to see more.

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  • evilfangs .

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

    Hopefully Larry can showcase other videos like this.

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  • MrHawkeye1996

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

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    • baconcheeswhiz89

      homie theirs party chat

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    • Morris ヅ

      messaging prob going to be conversations.

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  • 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

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