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.
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.