Xbox One adds Smart Match, Game DVR

Microsoft says new multiplayer system a complete reengineering; new achievements span multiple games; Game DVR allows users to record and share gameplay.

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Microsoft is overhauling Xbox Live and its feature-set for the Xbox One. The company broke out and explained a number of these changes today following this afternoon's reveal event.

First, Xbox Live for the Xbox One will boast a new matchmaking feature called Smart Match. Microsoft described the system as a complete reengineering of matchmaking for the next generation of gaming.

Smart Match will use "advance algorithms" to pair players based on skill, language, and reputation. In addition, gamers will no longer need to wait in a pre-match lobby to be matched up, as the Smart Match system will find games for players as they watch TV, listen to music, or play another game.

Xbox Live on Xbox One will also boast an updated achievement system that reaches "across games and experiences." On top of this, gamers will be able to earn achievements in new ways, as developers will now have the option to add new achievements whenever they want.

"Our new achievements portal not only keeps track of what you earned, but how you earned it, so it’s more personal than ever," Microsoft said. "It even lets you compare your achievements with your friends. Share your legacy and achieve greatness with Xbox One."

Microsoft also announced today that Xbox One will feature a Game DVR system whereby players can capture and share gameplay moments. Similar to the PlayStation 4's "Share" functionality, the Xbox One console will constantly record most recent gameplay, which players can then access, edit, and share through social networks and Xbox Live.

The PS4 achieves this through the DualShock 4's new "Share" button, though Microsoft did not provide any details regarding how this will work for the Xbox One.

Lastly, Microsoft revealed today that friends lists for Xbox One will be expanded to support up to 1,000, up ten times from the Xbox 360's current limit of 100.

For more on the Xbox One, check out GameSpot's continuing coverage of the next-generation platform.

Discussion

133 comments
dbeausoleil57
dbeausoleil57

Breaking news, Xbox has features that your PC and Television box ALREADY have, just pay 65 dollars yearly to use them on ONE machine!

swantn5
swantn5

probly going to be a xbox live gold type of deal

blackothh
blackothh

besides the rest of the console being a train wreck, these features are good. its also good that they will also be on the PS4 =)

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

The "new matchmaking" would benefit everyone greatly if only the reputation feature actually mattered. I've never met a single player in three years of playing who had LESS than 3 stars, so how can they say submitting reviews changes reputation? Every troll I've ever run across is sporting five stars, so if they actually make that system useful, I'll be most impressed.

Rusmurf
Rusmurf

Xbox One will also order your pizza, and change your underwear.

McDog3
McDog3

Apparently Microsoft and Sony thinks everyone wants to record an LP series.  The option is fine, as long as it doesn't hinder the system's performance.

jetfire71
jetfire71

to people who say this thing looks like a 1990s vcr....what 90s where you in?

silvergol
silvergol

I don´t gonna use that crap! I´m gonna use Haupage to record my gameplay or Share!

the smart part only is gonna can´t record Boss fights,specials Cutscenes,Probably Dlc content to show for everybody!.

What money wasted.

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

Who has 1000 friends, or would want that many to bug them while gaming?

GAKSITAL
GAKSITAL

i am going to wait to see what games are showcased at E3 instead of jumping to idiotic conclusions.  We don't know what games are in the works.  Just because it can do the things they showed today doesn't mean there will be no games.  SONY is doing some of the same things MS is doing yet it is ok but not for MS.  rrriiigghhtttt

thechuck11
thechuck11

No waiting in lobbies? That is an awesome feature, strike one up for xbox one. Now about that used game fee...

4quarters
4quarters

Fugliest console ever...looks like reject 1985 VCR...lmfao

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

"Xbox... unlock achievement" you've unlocked the achievement for talking.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

It pains me to say this, but....

Wii U > Xbox One

mos2000
mos2000

Being that they are the makers of windows for christ sakes, why don't they have/announce a remote in feature between friends - like how Sony has on its new system?!?

anigmha
anigmha

Not needing to wait in a multiplayer lobby is a huge, huge feature, especially when you're playing a game with low player populations (like any game that is not CoD or Halo). 

Syphon_Filter2
Syphon_Filter2

A new generation of garbage has been revealed! And its called "GARBAGE XBOX ONE!"

Xethrayne
Xethrayne

So many awesome ideas...covered with so many that are rotten.

bmart970
bmart970

I like the achievement idea, and if the matchmaking works, it would be an awesome change.

hobotech64
hobotech64

I can't believe they're even touting the bigger friends list as a feature.  DRM, voice commands, and Facebook, it's the future everyone envisioned!

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Today was just to reveal the hardware. The games come at E3.

Though I have zero hope for next gen anyways. Too much cinematic bullshit on both sides.

thekingofirony
thekingofirony

" It lets you compare achievements with friends"I can already do this on my PS3 and Vita.

Jerell_rast
Jerell_rast moderator

Uhmmmm, ehhhhh.......Wait what? STILL have to pay for online O_O?

JOHN1486
JOHN1486

Obviously investors aren't impressed either at these new features.

CROAT_56
CROAT_56

@McDog3 I like the idea, not for its LP potential but for the ability to show something to a friend without having to take a picture with my phone.  Imagine finding this awesome armor in Dragon Age III and your friend wants to see it and see how you got it send a quick video showing the armor.

MetaMods
MetaMods

@GAKSITAL Thank you for that, I don't know why ppl outrageous over small even on PS4 and Xbox one. It's all about the games, if games on Xbox wasn't the one I want then I would choose PS4 and vice versa. I am sure most games will be on both systems but I want to see who would have better exclusive before I make my final decision

CROAT_56
CROAT_56

@thechuck11 I agree the used game fee is a bad idea it doesn't affect me but it affects a lot of people and it should not be implemented.  Not everyone wants to purchase a game day one or even in the first six months of release so the used game market needs to figure this out for the consumer.  If the used game industry offsets the price of a used game to compensate for the fee than I would be ok with that but it is still a bad idea that I think should be scrapped.

thechuck11
thechuck11

You're trolling right? The wii u is a last generation console with a gimicky tablet. Both the new xbox and ps4 are doing the real new innovative things

Zloth2
Zloth2

@AuronAXE No, today wasn't even there to reveal that.  Else we would know more about how many cores it has and whatnot.  Today was about getting some stories into the mainstream media.

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

@JOHN1486 Obviously not if Sony's stock are on the up after an Xbox reveal conference. Not a good sign...

Vodoo
Vodoo

@CROAT_56 @thechuck11 They won't offset the price though. Gamestop didn't do it for the game passes, so they won't do it for this. I think Gamestop should have to pay $5 for every game they sell used unless it's really old.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@thechuck11 Even the Wii's shitty hardware with a gimmick tablet outdoes:

1. Forced to connect online or stops working.

2. Bans used games.

3. Forced Kinect

4. Allows publishers to implement full always-online requirements.

Seriously, who would buy such garbage?

NeoBillbine
NeoBillbine

@thechuck11 I believe the definition of troll is lost on you. Next gen with slow AMD parts. Truly, cutting edge next generation.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Vodoo "It doesn't force you to be online"

Wrong.  Confirmed that it needs to connect once a day or it stops working.

"Doesn't ban used games at all. In fact,"

Wrong.  Used or borrowed games will force you to pay a fee to install them on a second console - that fee is the FULL PRICE OF THE GAME.

"They would NEVER allow publishers to implement "always-online" connections"

Wrong again.  Not only have they allowed it, they're partnering with EA who is pioneering the practice.

Seriously, there's being a fanboy, and then there's being a dumb fanboy.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@CROAT_56 @Thanatos2k @thechuck11 Any self respecting PC gamer wouldn't support this bullshit.  Tell your friends they're idiots, because they are.

Vodoo
Vodoo

@Thanatos2k @thechuck11 I love how people completely make up their own version of things and present it as fact. 

It doesn't force you to be online num-nutts, just for the online features to work. Doesn't ban used games at all. In fact, MS is most likely doing the same thing Sony is... leaving it up to the publishers. They would NEVER allow publishers to implement "always-online" connections. MS already stated that you don't need to be connected for single player games and Blue Ray movies, everything else is internet enabled shit which you would want to be connected to take advantage of. 

The only valid point in your entire post is the "forced Kinect." I don't think it would dramatically increase the price of the system, which is the ONLY negative of getting one with the console, because MS knows certain people don't want/need it. Unlike the Sony Move or the original Wii, the Kinect has alot more functionality than just waving your arms around. It's also incredibly fun to play at a party with friends, which is where it truly shines. 

So go back to your last gen Wii U and hope for yet another Mario game.

CROAT_56
CROAT_56

@Thanatos2k @thechuck11 PC players? ......... I kid love you PC guys and gals for me I hope to get both now it just depends on which I buy first X1 or PS4.  So far I'm leaning towards X1 because I have more friends getting the X1 then I have getting a PS4.