Microsoft has released a new video exploring the functionality of the social networking properties of the Xbox One. Voiced by Major Nelson, the video shows off the ease of use of the Friends app, and the speed of the console in switching between different dashboard elements. The Xbox One has taken the already commendable social aspects of the Xbox 360 and improved them to create what should be the ultimate in social consoles.
One of the ideas highlighted by Major Nelson is the new social feed that reveals real time updates as to what your friends are currently up to. It’s a feed that can be snapped to the right of the screen with a simple Kinect voice control, allowing you to keep an eye on anyone else that’s online while you’re playing your own game, in case you want to join them. If you have a lot of friends (the Xbox One will allow you to have up to 1,000), you can always highlight your nearest and dearest as favorites to allow easy access to their profiles.
Along with the familiar idea of Xbox friends, this new and improved Friends app will also allow you to follow other people, and to have other people follow you in a Twitter-style fashion. You’ll be able to set your own privacy levels to adjust what your followers are able to see if you’re worried about giving away too much information. The people that you follow won’t be added to your friends list, but you will be able to keep an eye on what they’re up to and there’s no requirement for you to follow someone who has started following you. If all these connections seem a bit too much to handle don’t worry, there’s now a clear and easy to reach ‘Appear Offline’ button to stop you being disturbed mid-movie or game.
What do you think of the Friends app on the Xbox One? Are you a social gamer? Or do you prefer to play alone?
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 10/16/2013
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