Xbox Live friend limit increasing to 1,000?

[UPDATE] A Facebook post by Xbox Germany may have revealed a tenfold increase in the number of friends players can have on Microsoft's online service.

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Source: Gaming blog Joystiq.

What we heard: When Microsoft ended Xbox Live support for Halo 2 on April 15, it said it was due to the "need to make changes to the service that are incompatible with our original Xbox v1 games." One suspected reason was that the company would be increasing the current Xbox Live friend limit from 100 to a larger number.

If an Xbox Germany Facebook post is accurate, the Xbox Live friend limit could be increasing tenfold.

Now, it appears the world knows exactly how large. Joystiq spotted a post on Xbox Germany's Facebook page, which said that when the new Xbox Live dashboard update is implemented in the next several weeks, it will increase the limit to a whopping 1,000 friends.

"A lot of long-term change was desired by Xbox Live users [for] the limit of 100 friends. With the update you can now [have] up to 1,000 friends of your friends list," read a Google translation of the post, which also exhorted visitors to find new online companions via Facebook's friend-finder function.

The official story: [UPDATE] The post has since been deleted, but US Xbox Live reps offered the following comment: "To answer your question, we will not be expanding the 100 friends list as a part of the next Xbox LIVE Update. However, we’re always listening to member feedback and looking at new ways to enhance the service."

This afternoon, director of Xbox Live programming seconded that sentiment via his Twitter feed. "Let me straighten things out: We will not be expanding the friends list as a part of the next Xbox Live update," he said.

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus.

Discussion

66 comments
Axel450
Axel450

just make it 200 and we'll be fine.

BigStik
BigStik

Tell me one person in real life who has 1000 friends, or even knows 1000 people well enough to consider them a friend.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Even though it's bogus, I still don't see who would even need that much room for friends. Seriously, I've only got maybe 30 something XBL friends, and they're all people I know personally. And even a few of them could probably get deleted.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

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DominionChamber
DominionChamber

Now I could appear offline not only to my 23 Potatoes, but I can add up to1000 potatoes and appear offline to them as well! WIN!

Elfrancorifle
Elfrancorifle

This is awesome! if i had an xbox lol would really like that in the PS3 to increase the friend limit ^^ I'm always deleting someone to add another lol

Snicker-Man
Snicker-Man

i cant even get 20 friends so this doesnt even matter to me, and do you really need 1000 friends?

DrKill09
DrKill09

This might've been useful 3 years ago when I had a 360. :roll:

Linkari
Linkari

Wow, for once somebody has a comment for Gamespot. I think they should increase the friend limit peroid, make it easier for people to join Game with Fame sessions.

benboz
benboz

Man I don't even have 100 friends on my Xbox. Why would Microsoft put the limit up to 1000? That is crazy. No one has 1000 friends.

Slash_out
Slash_out

Wow a thounsand huh. I barely have anyone on my list. I have my brother and a couple of friends. I barely add anyone because I hate the pop ups in games. And I hate stuff like facebook just telling anyone what you are doing, or playing in this case. But I guess there are people that just post their adresses on forums asking for people to "add them" that might be useful for them. Even though I can't understand what's the point of having listed strangers you never talked to or played with.

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

1000 people wow I barely have 20 people on mine

maaly81
maaly81

why would you want or need 1000 xbox friends? My real friends and relative I have on my list are only like 4....Maybe for the guy who lives in his mom's basement....

jimmyzeke13
jimmyzeke13

i don't even know 1000 people let alone 1000 people i know that play xbox

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

I think 99 friends is enough to ignore their communications. Seriously how can you keep track of 1000 friends, imagine the notifications you see on screen while playing [plick] "blah blah signed in" [plick] "blah43 signed in too" 2 seconds later [plick] "blah blah want to play camper in COD"

buft
buft

the ability to sort your contacts into lists like that of live messenger would be fantastic

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

100 would be find, but 1,000 would be way too much.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@RaddaRaddaRadda Actually no one invites me =( I just wanted to feel important for once. *runs away and cries himself to sleep.

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

@Rayzakk Are you so cool that every friend you have on Xbox Live asks you to join every game they have going whenever they see you on? Must be nice. ;-)

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

i think 200 would be enough and there should be an option to arrange them, so i can keep my close friends and my brother and cousin in a special section oh people who spam Gears of War invites all the time should be bannable

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

I have far to many people trying to take over pieces of my life in reality. Would I really need 1000 people on XBL trying to get me to join every game they have going?

howie1926
howie1926

I don't like to have a lot of people on my friends list. I usually keep about 20 max.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

you know what would be cool if they made original x-box games have achievements or remaster them like Sony did with some of their old ps2 games so they could have achievement support wouldn't that be cool or what.

Decessus
Decessus

@MJ12-Conspiracy I am only guessing, but the limit on the number of friends you can have may have something to do with what their servers or software can handle. That is probably why there were rumors of the cap being increased when Halo 2 support was discontinued.

Dmg051793
Dmg051793

This is good, don't get me wrong. But I just don't care anymore. When I still had the hype of adding everyone I played with that I enjoyed, this would have been a phenomenal idea... 3+ years ago. Now... I simply don't care.

tapsoda
tapsoda

Tenfolding 100 is more than 1000 GameSpot.

WiteLite
WiteLite

i think its funny that if you read through some of the comments ppl are saying i dont need 1000, or awesome i cant wait. lol...read the entire text ppl. not just the first paragraph.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Why have a cap to how many friends you have anyways? I could imagine that scrolling such a large list could get dull but still if you meet that many people that end up playing with you on a regular basis I think there shouldn't be a limit.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

its confirmed: microsoft debunked this. but will we fans get what we want and have the friend cap raised? yes. but for me, id rather have it at like 200. that way if my friend isnt online, i can play with one of their friends or something.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

first people complain 100 is nto enough now people are complaining 1000 is too many, make up your minds... imo the more the better, more friends to play other games with some everyone on my friends list plays the same thing all the freakn time

Barighm
Barighm

I didn't even know there was a limit to the number of friends you could have. It's never been an issue for me. Not like I can get any of the friends I do have to play any games. Stupid girlfriends and wives messing up our gaming schedules...

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

wow, we hear that a lot: "We're always listening to member feedback" and yet they ignore what we ask for. Idiots.

ace159951
ace159951

I have somewhat arround 280 friends on facebook but to be honest only 10 of them are like my best friends , theres no use for more then 100 friends on xbox , nobody would play with all of them ( its a fact ) !!!!!!!

Evenios
Evenios

too many friends. I think facebook should limit friends to 200 because more then that it just becomes a shallow popularity contest.. laughs. i see people all the time with 350 + friends who never say a darned thing to me when i say hai. RAWR! it should be a global law that people with more then 200 friends should be shot. Laughs.

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

As if you are going to have contact with 1000 friends. Pff, useless feature.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

LOL I have rarely had more than 10 friends. It'd be nice to know some decent adults to play with that play for fun and have some values. Usually I just cussed out for my profile or told "if your a Christian how can you kill people in CoD" LOL. Anyway my point was that why would you need so many friends because it would devalue the importance of your friendship because if you have 1000 friends you basically would be friends with anyone. Besides it's bogus for now.

yookel
yookel

Whats with these recent rumor control articles that only say "Bogus."? Do we not get an explanation, or the reason why this rumor started?

metroid24
metroid24

aesome people said they wanted more friends space and looks like they got as 4 me i love it since i have over 60 360 games i need more space so i could add friends for different games like street fighter halo gears of war tekken rainbow six vegas etc so i say the bigger the better

gc88
gc88

if its bogus why is this an article. i just read that for nothing

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

i have 97 people on my friends list and i only play with 10 of them lol

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

GameSpot's Rumor Control is such a double-edged sword. Most of the time it's the first place I hear about the rumor. When it's bogus it just gets my hopes up for no reason.

chingchow48
chingchow48

I only add people i know personally and about 5 people i dont know but are buddies with my buddies and we play together i have 53 friends on live but i really only play with about 15 of them 1,000 does seem a bit crazy but its better to have too much then go back 2 years from now and up the max again so good job MS

CRS98
CRS98

I deleted friends I no longer speak with, and I don't add people I don't know enough. 1000 friends is overkill.

Thrasher17x
Thrasher17x

I like my list being full. That way randoms don't send me friend requests...

Grim_Reaper007
Grim_Reaper007

I only add friends on XBL that I know personally... I dont know anywhere near 100 people who even have a 360.

Stevewins1
Stevewins1

"Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus." However, if this were to increase, 500 would be well over enough...