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Xbox LIVE gets an upgrade; smarter matching and more achievements

Xbox LIVE has been pushing online multiplayer gaming forward since its launch in November 2002. Microsoft’s online service recently hit 46 million members and isn’t stopping any time soon. With the launch of Xbox One later this year, a collection of new features will be added to the service including smarter matching, a new reputation system, and a new style of Xbox achievements.

Asynchronous matching, also known as “Smart Match”, is a new service that allows game developers to completely change the way games search for and match players. If you are playing the latest release in the Call of Duty franchise and want to jump into a quick match, the server might put you into a game without DLC content – thus more players and a shorter wait time. Maybe you do want to play your favorite new map on launch day and don’t mind waiting 10 minutes; with Xbox One, the server can search for a match while you switch to a different task (such as watching television) and then alert you.

Want to skip match screens altogether? Remember beacons from Xbox 360 – they are getting an intense upgrade. With Xbox One, simply activate your beacon and the service will automatically began to search for players. No more waiting in line for a game to start.

Developers can also now take advantage of matching by very specific skill types or social factors. The new Smart Match system on Xbox One means one thing, shorter wait times and more play time.

The folks on the Xbox team have also decided to redesign the current reputation system. Xbox LIVE gamers aren’t exactly known for their “polite chatter”, so any upgrade to the system can’t hurt.

The new system not only allows you to report players, but also provide feedback to Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE service. Your feedback to the new system isn’t’ the only factor that will be incorporated; if you mute or block a player the service will take note.

The reputation service grades online social reputation on a scale of green (positive) to red (negative). Simply look at a player’s gamer card to see their reputation score.  Michael Dunn, Sr. Global Product marketing manager for Xbox LIVE, compared the new service to driving and insurance rates:

“The more hours you play online without causing others to have a horrible time the better your reputation will be, similar to the more hours your drive without an accident the better your driving record and insurance rates will be.”

If the Smart Match service notices that a player’s reputation is extremely low, it will only pair them with players of their same tier. In essence, if you play like an ass – you will be paired with those similar.

Finally, Xbox LIVE is introducing a new type of achievement to the family. There will now be both regular achievements and time based challenges. The new challenges will have to be unlocked during an eligible time window – if you don’t get the challenge in time, game over.

Both achievements and challenges will allow gamers to unlock rewards, display their valor, and be associated with a saved game DVR capture (new to Xbox One).

Challenges will not give out gamer score though. Cierra McDonald, Program Manager for the Xbox LIVE achievement service, stated the decision was a fair one:

“We want everyone to have the same shot at increasing their Gamerscore to its highest potential. Since challenges are intentionally temporary (an opportunity) and achievements never expire (a promise), only achievements may offer Gamerscore as a reward.”

One of the most exciting aspects of the newly redesigned achievement system is that it is now cloud based. Developers can now add new achievements to games after they are initially released.

Cierra also stated that a new achievement activity feed will be available on the Xbox One dashboard so you can easily keep up with what your friends are doing.

I am personally excited about all the new changes coming to Xbox LIVE and can’t wait to see you guys online! Viva la gamer!

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What do you think about the new updates – will they improve the overall multiplayer experience?

Source: Major Nelson's Blog [1,2]; Thanks, Martin, for the tip!

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TechyMexican says:

where is my achievement? :]

I'm sorry, the challenge window has closed... ;O

simphf says:

He commented 87 seconds after you posted. That's harsh.

TheWPUser says:

I will get the challange, kthxbye

Who needs consoles when phones and tablets are the future?

/sarcasm

wetworker says:

Sorry but mobile gaming sucks when it comes to pc and console. Mobile games gets boring after 10 min

tbonenga says:

Lol it went right over his head.

wpguy says:

I think he earns a 25-pt achievement for having a comment go over someone's head.

That depends on what you play and how often you play it, plus the general level of interest you have in various genres. I've played NBA Jam and Jetpack Joyride on my Lumia 920 for several hours in a day, and I've had several long stretches of play on Gun Bros. Asphalt 7, Wordament, and a few others as well.
 
That's not to say that I dont' agree that console gaming still destroys mobile gaming, in terms of quality and longevity, but to say that mobile games have no long-term value is something that the market shows is untrue time and time again.

Kellzea says:

*Achievement Unlocked: Illiterate*

thelle7 says:

And I am sure the system will not be abused in any way. All the kids who play CoD, will either leave everyone alone, or provide positive feedback once they get their butts handed to them. Then you have issues with spotty Internet causing lag, and being reported for unsporting play.
I am not saying it's easy to come up with a solution, but it needs its own checks and balances.

That is kind of the way the current system runs. Sore losers love to down rep people. 

ReverendSlim says:

Valhalla, the current system they use for Xbox Live, also takes into account the reputation of the individual doing the reporting... so if you report something and they deem it as valid, your future reports get more precedence.  The guy who downvotes people for no reason all the time or does it to an extreme?  The system knows to ignore him.  I'm sure the new system still has elements of that in place.

Nataku4ca says:

since they said it's comprehensive in the way you get rated, i would imagine they would include a parameter that takes the network status for each player into account *cross fingers*

Odog4ever says:

"Your feedback to the new system isn’t’ the only factor that will be incorporated; if you mute or block a player the service will take note."
 
More people will block or mute than take the time to report someone. System seems to be weighted and balanced since its a combination of multiple things and not JUST feedback related.

Mystictrust says:

During the Major Nelson discussion on the Live @ E3 interviews, I seem to remember it being verbally mentioned that the system will KNOW if the person being reported was actually cheating, or driving the wrong way on a track, or headshotting teammates, etc. So apparently, game rules are incorporated into the reputation system, and when a game can tell that someone was doing something fishy, I'm sure that it will factor in much more heavily than baseless spamming of the "give negative feedback" button from a team of butthurt, sore losers that want revenge and think they can falsely lower reputation

jcutting says:

They mentioned during the reveal that one reason for the massive increase of servers backing Xbox Live is to allow multiplayer matches to be hosted on XBL servers rather than a player's Xbox. That has a couple of benefits - reduction in lag (and therefore cheats and glitches based on lag tricks) and the possibility for 64-128 player matches in some games.

Those changes alone are huge over the PS4 and add value to your XBL membership.

Quin 2013 says:

I never heard of that on PS.

I can't wait to have that available on xb1

Caikems says:

Pre-ordered my xbox one despite all of the haters. It looks awesome

Jazmac says:

Haters gonna hate.

Same, I make decisions for myself, not what a bunch of fanboys raging online tell me to do.

Ditto. I'm stoked! I even had a dream I was unboxing it last night! Now that is geeky!

Mooncow27 says:

As long as it wasn't a wet dream I hope! Lol

Xithryl says:

Same here! At the end of the day we gotta get what we wan't not which ever one is least hated upon. For me I like everything the Xbox has to offer, and.... Halo haha, plus now I will have my Kingdom Hearts! so excited!

tbonenga says:

I wanted to but haven't yet. I love my Xbox. I love being able to buy used games too. I'm a hater on not being able to play used games on the One like you can on the 360. Microsoft is kinda cloudy on this. Until Microsoft flat says it I'm in hesitation mode.

Zokudu says:

They aren't cloudy. Used game shops can gain access to their used game system to buy and sell used games. It only stops shady Craigslist meetups

tbonenga says:

Are you sure? I buy 80% of my games off Craigslist. There's nothing shady about Craigslist at all. I buy most of my cell phones there too. God I hope you wrong on this.

DavidinCT says:

Same with me but, I use ebay...I hope they do not kill this market, as I love buying used games that I MIGHT play for $30 3-4 weeks after release. If I can't do that, it's less games that I will buy...

wpguy says:

It also stops RedBox game rentals. No more try a game to see if you actually like it, before shelling out the whole $60+.

Odog4ever says:

There are thes things called demos. And if it doesn't have a demo there are reviews, start at Metacrtic.com.

simphf says:

So is it time to retire my trench coat?

Odog4ever says:

http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/license Note the section on titled: Trade-in and resell your disc-based games:

ladydias says:

The set up is still not good enough. Key words are "participating retailers" (which means direct sale to someone is out unless they are your friend for 30 days, which is silly). The other key phrase is "so game publishers can enable you to" both trade or lend. You are entirely at the mercy of publishers whether you can sell or trade and the big publishers are the ones pushing the hardest to lockdown used game sales. It's not unreasonable to forsee abuse of this system.

JPDVM2014 says:

Me too! I can't wait to get it. It's going to be an awesome b-day present to myself! I'm looking forward to be able to use Kinect in my small living room without moving couches out of the way. And of course day one digital downloads. No more pre-ordering, or driving into town to buy a game.

Zeeshan360 says:

Guys u could share games with 10 people .. Read the news coming out today ..

ladydias says:

Sharing with 10 people depends on how they implement family. Sharing between family and between friends in Xbox one system are two completely separate things.

Xithryl says:

They have stated than "family" can be anyone. You can add a friend 3000 miles away and he/she can acess your shared games library.

tbonenga says:

Kinect glasses. I paid $9.96 at WalMart. They snap on your Kinect. Makes your Kinect work great in smaller areas. My son uses them in his bedroom.

Same here pre ordered mine !

fatboy1271 says:

Pre-Ordered mine too!
Funny thing is that Sony is guaranteed to implement the exact same "used" game policies as MS. The publishers control that aspect, not the manufacturers. At least we XBOX One users know what we are getting up front, whereas the PS4 people will have the rug pulled out from under them and then go crazy

Tjalsma says:

Want to play a used game?  FU!

Not true, please read more of the information available before making pointless comments. Used games will be supported in some manner, and so will reselling, loaning, and renting games.

zeke1676 says:

Really?? Where did you read that? Link please...

http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/license

Trade-in and resell your disc-based games: Today, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit. We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers.  Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games. 

Also they talk about giving games to friends. Many people think their wording means that each game can only be given away once, I view it slightly differently. I view it that each person can only give each game once, as once the license is given away you cannot give that license to another person, but the person you gave it to will be able to give that license away once to another person, and so on and so forth.

KoreyTM says:

I don't like the fact that there seems to be so much interpretation over Microsoft's info on the subject. You may view one aspect of the info "slightly differently", but what if Microsoft has a different interpretation on the matter of used games? This is why I'll be waiting for more clarification before I make my purchasing decision.

I agree, and Microsoft is notorious for having bad PR people who don't know how to fully explain things, leading into a lot of over reactions.

I was just offering my interpretation, hopefully Microsoft will soon fully explain these policies so there is no room for interpretation. Their wording in their posts allow for a fair bit it seems. 

lizaoreo says:

The way you see it is the way I read it.  I'm sure it'll be more clear before too long.
Also, you could technically pre-order it now, so you have the day one, then if it doesn't turn out the way you want, just cancel the pre-order before it ships.  You don't get charged until they ship it :)

I should point out that since that post, in another article, we have found tweets from the official Xbox support account confirming facts about the family sharing program

This is what we know so far:
 
Family does not need to be in the same household
Family does not need to be blood related (Mehdi said you could add friends to it)
You can play the  same game at the same time
They will have access to your entire shared library.
Family playing your shared library will authenticate every hour (since it is a online shared library it isn't clear at this point if the games will stream, or download to their console)
 
There is another article about this too: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/06/microsoft-defends-the-xbox-ones-licensing-used-game-policies/   The quote box on the left hand side is what you want to concentrate on regarding the family sharing
 
It looks like this feature in part is meant to replace the ability to lend physical disks to your friends
Another good thread following this feature: http://forum.teamxbox.com/showthread.php?t=686854
 

And yeah, I've pre-ordered it from the MicrosoftStore Canada site

tbonenga says:

Can you define some manner? I love the One and wanna go that route. I just wish Microsoft would say it's the same as the 360 on used games.

It won't be entirely the same, and that is because they  are transitioning into digital content and that brings along a slew of new problems. From what I understand there will be participating retailers who will be able to handle the licenses and the process of unlinking those licenses from the gamertag/microsoft account. There is also talk that Microsoft will be creating their own trade-in/resell/buy service online.

_Emi_ says:

I already explained you in a past article... you seem not to get it? or are you just trolling asking the same thing.
i already told you how it would work, and how there are not stores defined where you can buy or sell used games. only because you buy them in craighlist or ebay, and IF in the end they arent a way of selling and buyting used games... well still it doesnt mean you cant get used games somewhere else. it OBVIOUSLY wont work as 360. and i already told you that.

tbonenga says:

No definitely not trolling. Hoping..... I've got 278 physical 360 games and 200GB of downloadable games/content. My gamertag is tbonenga check it out. You'll see I have a ton of games. I also had a PS3. It was a dust collector so I sold it a while back. I'm a MS fanboy all the way. I hear so much on used games. I was hoping MS would clarify. Unfortunately if Craigslist / eBay games aren't allowed I'm out.

I think that a Microsoft developed online trade-in/resell system might fulfill the role that Craigslist/eBay serves. Perhaps their own classifieds/auction house system designed primarily for digital content,

Not only that, they've also made game sharing easier. Up to ten members of your family can log in and play any game from your shared library on any Xbox One wherever they are without need of the disk. You can always play your games, and any one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time.
http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/license
 
Preordered mine yesterday
 

True, you just can't be playing the same game at the same time (which is understandable, you can't do that now unless you own two copies). 

Do you feel that their wording leads to the interpretation that only one other person can use it, or one person can use it at a time, or do you think that by 'any one' they really mean 'any'. I  hope it is the latter lol.

Actually, they did annouce that you and ONE of your family members can play the game at the same time from your shared library.
 
Give your family access to your entire games library anytime, anywhere: Xbox One will enable new forms of access for families. Up to ten members of your family can log in and play from your shared games library on any Xbox One. Just like today, a family member can play your copy of Forza Motorsport at a friend’s house. Only now, they will see not just Forza, but all of your shared games.  You can always play your games, and any one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time.

This is the way I interpreted it as well. I can play multi from Ohio with my daughter in Arizona from the same digital copy of the game.

How would publishers feel about that though? You would be effectively using a single use license twice, which I think is what publishers would consider as piracy.

Seem like it is left up to interpretation, I don't view it as being able to play the same game, just that they could acess your shared library at the same time. As of now there is no digital content provider that allows the same game to be played at the same time from different locations, not that I know of at least. If Microsoft does what you are interpreting it as, then it would be huge.

Again, I don't view the 'and any one' meaning 'and one', if that was the case wouldn't it have been easier for them to just write "You can always play your games, and one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time"?

 

On the flipside, it would also have been easier to just say  'and any of your family members'.
 

I agree the wording is a little unclear. By them prefacing with "You can always play your games" sounds like you would not be included in the count.
 
I'm sure we'll hear mor clarification on this but I'm hopeful.

Mystictrust says:

An official Microsoft Xbox twitter account, @XboxSupport2, confirmed that you plus one other family member can be playing the exact same game at the exact same time. The rest of your family members sharing your game library can each play one of your other shared games any time they want.
 
So, if you have 10 family members, 9 of them can be playing 9 different games on your shared game list, and one of them can be playing the same game you are at the same time.

That is very cool. Do you happen to have a link to the specific tweet so that we can pass it around to the people who think it is a crazy idea? 
 
On the same lines I found a tweet confirming that family members do not need to be part of your household.
https://twitter.com/XboxSupport2/status/345351532885184513

Mystictrust says:

Yes. Save the link and spread the word. Let's see if we can at least get WPC to report it, or Joystiq (Verge may be a bit too anti-Microsoft to report this)
 
https://twitter.com/xboxsupport2/status/345199493903421440

I find Joystiq to be anti-microsoft too, especially the commenters, but I sent a tweet to them regardless
 
Michael, you seeing this post? make an article about this :P
 
Further tweets seem that you can indeed play the same game at the same time, but only one of the 10 family members (not including you) can play at a time, so not all 10 plus you at once. 
 
https://twitter.com/XboxSupport2/status/345222136937472000
 
And it looks like gamertags will be shared in this situation
 
https://twitter.com/XboxSupport2/status/345252994721411072

Sweet. This is a big selling point and MS should make sure customers are aware of this feature.

I am sure they will, but they are probably being strategic about it. Given what the twitter accounts have said, there will be lots of info coming out over the next months. 

Given the PR shitstorm happening right now and all the negativity, many people have the propensity to twist anything Microsoft into a negative. I am sure they are waiting until this dies down, or until they can provide suitable answers regarding DRM, Privacy, and Internet connections to quell the issues before using features like this to hype X1. Right not talking about them won't do much good, it would just get lost in the negativity.

_Emi_ says:

ehmm... you can still buy and sell used games. stop being retarded, it has been discussed too many times, i dont know why some people dont get it. oh and guess what, you can share games with 10 people around the WORLD.. you can buy, sell, share, give your games to a person. but yeah... does that mean i cant play used games? wow really.
 
so again, try to use your brain and learn how to read Microsoft information correctly... or actually read what Microsoft officially had said.

tbonenga says:

Technically you can play used games just as the 360. It's crooked but just go exchange a used game at a big box retailer. Bam you got a new unregistered game. Your good to go.

Xithryl says:

This sounds cool, and I absolutely love the smart matchmaking, I'm constantly talking with my friends about how we are going to be playing one game, and then Oh look at that Halo match is ready "Xbox join match" or just hit the button and bam right into the game. So excited!

I was reading about this earlier, very interesting stuff. Better matchmaking is always great, and if it works well it can be a competitive advantage for XBL. Living worlds also sound very interesting.

tbonenga says:

Not sure about this. If someone is new to a game they will be paired with bad players. That doesn't sound good at all. You'll get a horrible experience.
Achievements: If some are time based and I buy the game a couple months after it releases sounds like I might not be able to get all the achievements. If so I'd hate not being able to get all the achievements for a game because I didn't buy it on launch day.

glassadam says:

If by "bad players" you mean people who aren't all that great at the game, then that sounds like the way it should be. But if by "bad players" you mean jerks, then I don't get where you got the idea that new players will match with only jerk players. New players with bad reputations will play with jerk players, sure.
Maybe I read the article wrong.

allos autos says:

You beat me to the punch, but our responses are so eerily similar I have to leave mine up! xD

glassadam says:

That is really weird!

allos autos says:

Neither of your points reflect what was discussed in the article.  If by "bad players" you mean "players who are not so good at the game," then they will be evenly matched.  If you mean "jerks," then that is false--it matches jerks with jerks, as the article says.  It does not say that it matches jerks with people new to the game.

The article explicitly states the difference between achievements--the ones we're used to on the 360--and the new-fangled "challenges."  If you buy a game years after it's released, you will still be able to complete 100% of the achievements, but not any of the challenges (unless a challenge is active).  Only achievements add to gamerscore.

 

tbonenga says:

Thanks for clarifying. There's a couple time related achievements on house of poker that I can't get. It drives me crazy

Apply_Logic says:

I have a feeling that Xbox one will be a disaster.

i doubt it the xbox one games looks better sony isnt getting the excusives like it has had i the pass cloud gaming oplus kinect and smart glass ms is ahead of sony in lot of ways sony will be catching up

The initial, first-year list of exclusives I saw actually showed one more exclusive title going to Sony than Microsoft. The question becomes (as it has been this generation), which genres you want to fill.

I saw the same list I think 
http://www.gametrailers.com/side-mission/54628/playstation-4-vs-xbox-one-a-list-of-all-confirmed-next-gen-titles-and-exclusives
 
Both sides have some pretty  sweet exclusives depending on the type of gamer you are.

It looks like you need to 'Apply Logic'. Irregardless of PR shitstorm happening right now, there are fans who will buy it. There is 5 months for them to fully explain their policies in hopes to sway more minds as well. Microsoft has enough revenue and capital to pump money into it to make to do alright. It may not beat PS4 in terms of overall sales or NA sales, but it certainly won't be a disaster or flop.

fwaits says:

Challenge Accepted...

nimatra says:

Can't wait to report those who exit the game after conceding 2 goals in FIFA seamlessly.

DeviousD says:

Im not bothered buy the whole pre owned games fiasco. Give it a few months and somebody somewhere will have made a device that allows games to be played again.

DavidinCT says:

Yea, a hack....then you get banned from xbox live for good....Yea let's do that !

RetroMan71 says:

Oh yeah! The good old report feature.. Didn't that get abused and removed last time round?

PSRBF6 says:

What if someone blocks you because you beat them.
Then you'll be paired with scumbags next time you play, and the process repeats until you eventually get sick of Xbox.

WixosTrix says:

The system will take note and if you continue to be blocked by other people, the problem is clearly you and your reputation will be lowered. A single person is unlikely to affect you. Conversly, I'm sure the system will eventually, if it wont at launch, notice if you're constantly blocking people and take action against you or something.

PSRBF6 says:

Furthermore, when everybody sounds like 10 year old boys, how are you supposed to know who's swearing at you?
I'm not keen on using this because it's a vague and unreliable system for setting an Xbox Live rep.

WixosTrix says:

what are you talking about? if you dont know who is talking shit to you, dont just report or give bad feedback to a random person.
I dont see the issue you're having. Can you explain a specific scenerio where this will negatively impact you when you havent done anything wrong?

PSRBF6 says:

Here's a scenario. You said it yourself: "if you don't know who is talking shit to you, don't just report or give bad feedback to a random person"
What if YOU"RE that "random person" in the scenario.

WixosTrix says:

Like I said, one person's feedback is unlikely to have any affect on your reputation; There would have to be a bunch of people giving bad feedback and reporting you to do so.

PSRBF6 says:

Every little bit counts. You cant trust people to not give you bad reviews. Especially when you have no idea who they are.

WixosTrix says:

I think you're just be paranoid. We don't even fully know it will work exactly, you're just assuming the worse. It not like Microsoft doesn't have experience doing this type of thing, processing data.

PSRBF6 says:

Of'course I'm paranoid. Do you remember the old saying: "Hope for the best, plan for the worst"?
This is me planning for the worst. If I'm going to commit time and money into a service (Xbox Live), I don't want it to eventually come and bite me in the ass later on.

WixosTrix says:

Dude it's a video game system, you're privlaged just to be able to have such a device and service. I dont expect it to be perfect, but if the way it's implemented starts to cause issues then they'll tweak it. Sure, hope for the best, prepare for the worst, but it doesn't mean you need to be paranoid. Don't get me wrong though, I completely understand your concern, I just don't see the reason to let something that hasn't even happened yet get to you, but i guess thats the nature of paranoia, lol.

PSRBF6 says:

Yeah, I just hope it's better than the Xbox 360 version of Xbox Live.

Mystictrust says:

It is. I'll post a comment here I wrote above:

During the Major Nelson discussion on the Live @ E3 interviews, I seem to remember it being verbally mentioned that the system will KNOW if the person being reported was actually cheating, or driving the wrong way on a track, or headshotting teammates, etc. So apparently, game rules are incorporated into the reputation system, and when a game can tell that someone was doing something fishy, I'm sure that it will factor in much more heavily than baseless spamming of the "give negative feedback" button from a team of butthurt, sore losers that want revenge and think they can falsely lower reputation

bjd223 says:

This sounds bad. I score pretty highly in TDM @ 2.7 KDR in COD, usually in the top 3, and about once per week I get a message calling me a camper, fag, pussy or every other slur you can think of. This is typically done by the person that has tons of deaths and insists on running around trying to knife people, quick scope and/or shoot nothing but RPGs.

I don't camp or other overly cheap tactics but im sure my rep will be very low just based on how many derogatory messages I receive.

WixosTrix says:

Don't worry, it's not like the system won't be improved over time. I doubt Microsoft is unaware of these scenarios.

Mystictrust says:

During the Major Nelson discussion on the Live @ E3 interviews, I seem to remember it being verbally mentioned that the system will KNOW if the person being reported was actually cheating, or driving the wrong way on a track, or headshotting teammates, etc. So apparently, game rules are incorporated into the reputation system, and when a game can tell that someone was doing something fishy, I'm sure that it will factor in much more heavily than baseless spamming of the "give negative feedback" button from a team of butthurt, sore losers that want revenge and think they can falsely lower reputation

jamsjordn says:

I think they would have a system that says if you report or block a lot of people than your standards are pretty high and they wouldn't affect the players who are blocked's rep but if you only report/block people every now and then it would regard your opinion higher. If that makes sense.
If you block lots of people you affect peoples rep less. At least I hope.

DavidinCT says:

Add achivements but, I hope they dont screw up the value in achievements. I got a fairly high score and I worked hard to get there. If they just give away achievements for being online, it lowers the value of having a larger score...

Daylife says:

Lol Xbox Gold, the biggest rippoff in tech ever. 

Nejcooo says:

haha it's great! microsoft gets tons of money from console boys

Jombib says:

Yeah a single non fragmented online gaming service for all my games, apps and friends management with access to free/exclusive content! A model so bad Sony has adopted it.

Nejcooo says:

as pc gamer, im happy that i dont have to pay every years for playing games online. and steam discounts are very nice too

tony1213 says:

I loved the Xbox One new system because u can still trade and sell ur disc games but just once. That's cool wit me. Also now I can give access to my digital library of games to my friends and play over there house without actually having to bring my hard drive or whatever kind of storage.

Graven Pshya says:

The new reputation system is awesome!

Wael Hasno says:

The guys at Xbox just don't want me to leave my house again.

MethodGT says:

I love the idea of the achievement activity feed.

I love my Windows Nokia 920 but this new Xbox looks like an old Betamax my dad used to have! PS4 is superior in every way and almost £100 cheaper. Sometimes I think Microsoft have lost the plot! Just look at the media reports from E3 and the cheers and gasps from the Playstation corner! Complete management overhaul needed.

Mystictrust says:

More like a PR overhaul. They could come back with their system actually including Kinect - an advanced motion and voice part of the Xbox system, while competing consoles charge for extra motion gaming accessories. Then they can spout of the ability to share your games, including with up to 10 friends or family members, and you can even play with one of those sharing family members the same game at the same time.

The cheers from the Sony camp really didn't even start until the DRM portion of Sony's event, and even that was because of the way they worded it (very, very nicely). It even framed it so that people now believe that Xbox One can't play used games - which is simply untrue. Either way, all Microsoft has to do now is tout their advantageous features and extra bonuses that come with the way their DRM system works.

The near future will reveal the true winner. Playstation is and will always be an all in one entertainment system, Xbox the game console will always be one step behind, shame.
Another surprise attack from the Japanese again catching the colonials off guard.

Xbox 1, Microsoft's white elephant.

Erickson187 says:

Someone needs to tell EA that achievements are not time sensitive. Most of EA games have achievements which are since they shit down the servers all the time making the multiplayer ones no longer attainable.

Sounds kool, but in my country I get very little stuff because of the region restrictions. I hope this will change

ladydias says:

I want one but I still hope they change their mind about handing control of used games sales to publishers. No matter how they word it, and yes I have read the official page, that will be a sticking point for myself and others. I like the bells and whistles but they don't make up for the way the used games situation is being handled. It is still a wait and see for myself, family and friends.