What helped to make the Xbox 360 such a force for multiplayer gaming was the simplicity of inviting your friends to a game, and grouping up for a party chat. However, when the Xbox One launched last November, both of these features received some radical changes, making both much more complex than how streamlined they had been previously. In response to a growing desire from the community for improvements, Microsoft vowed to update the two features in an update expected to be coming in early March
. In preparation of this, Major Nelson sat down with Richard Irving from the Xbox engineering team, to discuss in detail some of these anticipated features which can be expected in the next update.
Here's a rundown of everything discussed in the video:Party Improvements
- Party chat is now turned on by default, meaning there is now no need to start a party and then manually turn on chat
- Party UI now distinguishes between players in your game, and those who are in other games or apps
- You now have the choice of inviting a player to a game, inviting them to the party, or inviting them to both
- You have the option to invite your entire party to your game
- Accepting a Party&Game invite will immediately place you into chat, as well as into the mutliplayer setup for the gameFriends List Improvements
- Fewer clicks or voice commands to view Friends List
- Ability to mark certain friends as Favorites in order to see them more immediately, at the top of your Friends List
- New shortcuts for Menu button allow for quicker ability to send a message, invite to party, and compare games
- Find Someone button now on top-level of Friends List to allow for quick searching of your friends
- Recent Players added
So how does that look to everyone? Do these improvements meet what you have been wanting for the Friends and Party features? Voice your opinion below in the comments section.