Xbox One reputation system promises "no more cheats or jerks"

Microsoft details community-powered reputation system for next-gen console that aims to help "filter out" users gamers don't want to play with.

Microsoft's new reputation system for Xbox Live on the Xbox One promises "no more cheats or jerks." In a blog post, Xbox Live program manager Michael Dunn explained that the new community-powered system will help "filter out" users that gamers do not want to play with.

"No question that Xbox Live is a distinct community of passionate gamers. We love that. But just like in life, there are all types of people--some shy, some polite, some aggressive, some snarky, some annoying, and some that can't avoid swearing at #$%^ happens to them," Dunn said. "Most Xbox Live players are polite online and know how to socially adjust to people they're playing with. But not everyone does this. And, it can be challenging to pick up on social cues when you are connected online and not face-to-face in the same room."

This is why Microsoft conceived the new reputation system for the Xbox One. The new model will "expose" people who "aren't fun to be around" and will implement "real consequences" for gamers who harass others.

To do this, Microsoft will include actions like "block" or "mute player" into the feedback model. This model will take a player's online ratings and put it into a system with a "crazy algorithm" created by Microsoft and "validated" by a Microsoft Research PhD.

A player's reputation score will determine which category they are assigned to: "Green = Good Player," "Yellow = Needs Improvement," or "Red = Avoid Me." Gamers will be able to view this data by looking at someone's gamer card.

"And, your reputation score is ultimately up to you. The more hours you play online without being a jerk, the better your reputation will be," Dunn said. "Similar to the more hours you drive without an accident, the better your driving record and insurance rates will be."

Overall, Dunn said most players will have good reputations, as the algorithm is designed to identify players who are "repeatedly disruptive" on Xbox Live. Dunn described the algorithm as "sophisticated" and one that won't penalize players for "a few bad reports."

"Even good players might receive a few player feedback reports each month and that is OK," Dunn said. "The algorithm weighs the data collected so if a dozen people suddenly report a single user, the system will look at a variety of factors before docking their reputation. We'll verify if those people actually played in an online game with the person reported--if not, all of those players' feedback won't matter as much as a single person who spent 15 minutes playing with the reported person. The system also looks at the reputation of the person reporting and the alleged offender, frequency of reports from a single user, and a number of other factors."

Dunn did not detail any of the "real consequences" gamers will suffer if they are found to be harassing other players.

The $500 Xbox One launches in November.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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333 comments
favoriteape
favoriteape

Michael Dunn is a liar. There is no way to block cheats and jerks. The block feature is only for communication. You will still be put in games with them no matter what you do. The new reputation system is also a sham. You will never see a player with less of a reputation than what everyone started out with.

xboxisbent
xboxisbent

most players are network manipulators when they start losing or they are at the core ie France is the center and so on there is no SKiLL in online gaming dream on

xboxisbent
xboxisbent

You see state the corruption in online gaming and show ppl the truth and they remove my comment love it

xboxisbent
xboxisbent

Why you deleting my posts gamespot

Lostat
Lostat

So long as the system works as intended, then I'm happy about that.  Xbox360 players have gained a terrible reputation for things like sweary obnoxious hate-speech filled kids filling up their headset.  The system also seems like it should filter out the obnoxious idiot who loses an online game and tries to send the winner bad reputation feedback out of nothing but spite.

Elena_The_Turk
Elena_The_Turk

"Most Xbox Live players are polite online"

Hmm, I see an error here...

"Most Xbox Live players are rude fuckers online"

Fixed.

frylock1987
frylock1987

lol....yeah, okay.


Thats what they said when they launched Live on 360 with their "Rep Rating" 


If you gave that person a bad review, you wouldn't be put into future games with them anymore...even though you would end up in a game with that person later on anyway.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Point is people should want to and learn to try to be civil with each other and if MS can find a way to get this done well good. 

Oh and MS if you have the ***** to do so look at 24 hour temp bans from Xbox Live or muting the person for 24 hours so they can't talk **** !

RevLuckyShot
RevLuckyShot

this sounds like it could work really well, but the downsides at the moment, like 10-12 year olds just reporting anyone that kills/beats them in an online game, seem to out way the good sides. but alas we won't know till it actually happens. Maybe it won't even affect most of us. or maybe it could turn out to be the best thing to happen to live.

FinzFan4life
FinzFan4life

So if someone I haven't played with reports me it still counts just not as much, this is a little messed up.

clone11
clone11

The thing is, if it works basically like the system we have now, where people do a "review" on people, then we'll just end up with loads of BS reviews simply because we beat them.


My reputation score on XBL right now it like 85% negative, despite the fact that I never talk to anyone and just play the games. No teabagging, team killing, etc etc.


While, with the current system, all it does is amuse me, as it has no real effect on my gaming, if I start getting match up with douchebags because I have a low reputation on the new system, it's going to kill my enjoyment. This is a great concept on paper, but I expect it will not be very great in practice.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

So basically the same and the lol honor system then... Not a bad plan

nt00mdnrkist
nt00mdnrkist

I'm seeing an odd trend with the Sith lords in this comment section. Does the Dark Side lack teachers to teach reading comprehension?

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Well then people will just 'Abuse the reputation system' in more ways than one..

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

I think swearing is appropriate among the game community.. Nothing wrong with swearing.

telaros
telaros

No more JERKS?

There goes 98% of their adopters lol

The funny thing is, this is why I bashed them for having that "10 people on your account" bullshit since THIS RIGHT HERE is the EXACT thing I feared would happen. You buy all these games on YOUR ACCOUNT and ONE PERSON you allow to play your game on your account and BAM you lose all your right of ownership to those games forever.

Then you're forced to buy them back or perhaps pay to unlock them again. If ever there was a reason to not want an Xbox now, THIS first amendment rights violation is THE ONE.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Player 1: "By Jove, I do like this new reputation system of Microsoft's, what!"
Player 2: "Indeed, dear fellow! Oh marvelous shot there!"
Player 1: "Thank you kindly sir! By the way, you wouldn't happen to have any Grey Poupon?"
Player 2: "But of course!"

Kurushio
Kurushio

I could mostly see players reporting others when they are constantly killed by the same guy in CoD, Halo or BF. I do hate players that switch teams all the time and the ones that drop out because they feel like their team isnt going to win.

LilJayV10
LilJayV10

Just think, if Gamspot did that half the people on here couldn't post. 


cboye18
cboye18

Actually I want cheats, in-game that is. It's been a long time since I last visited cheatplanet.com

juboner
juboner

I used to play mx vs atv alive and I got really good and there where players that had to be cheating they were going unbelievably fast

juboner
juboner

my rep says like 75% of gamers avoid me and i dont chat and I play normally

toddx77
toddx77

Umm this is Xbox Live we are talking about.  10 year olds are going to be reporting women for not making them a sandwich or being their girlfriend and men for killing them or being better then they are.  Then again you can avoid that problem by not playing Call of Duty or Halo on Live lol.

Trance_Circa
Trance_Circa

So if your playing against a full party of people in a game, whats to stop them from all reporting you for no reason?

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

We can't play with jerks anymore? How i can play Call of Duty online then?

SexyJazzCat
SexyJazzCat

Might not be such a good idea. Clearly the immature players outnumber the the mature ones. People giving other people bad rep due to them doing well or just getting killed by them. Let's see how this goes.

Elena_The_Turk
Elena_The_Turk

@RevLuckyShot Yes, and people will get their friends to repeatedly give them +rep to boost a bad rep or they will gang up on someone to give them -rep.

Or people will just make a new gamertag to abuse people on.

Nothing new, the ways of abusing Rep systems are always there and people will use them

Hurvl
Hurvl

@FinzFan4life"We'll verify if those people actually played in an online game with the person reported" They seem to avoid that issue, but who knows how good it'll work.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@nt00mdnrkist I fear the Dark Side clouds their vision, leading to a lack in reading comprehension.

ViciousRDS
ViciousRDS

@telaros 

Um...what? I can't break your code. Are you referring to a different article? I know I've seen posts on the wrong articles before...

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

@hadlee73  Microsofts new reputation system ushers in an unprecedented pleasantness and civility in online gaming.

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

@LilJayV10 I second that. Maybe GS should implement that. It's getting to the point where you can't have a rational discussion about anything without the "disturbed" coming in to ruin the fun.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

@juboner My rep is OK, but I often prefer not to chat when I play. Perhaps the new matchmaking algorithm will take that into consideration.

MegamanX97
MegamanX97

I hear you on this. I play online games and don't use my Mic often. I am not 100% sure why I get nailed as well when it comes to this.

Lostat
Lostat

@TheLeftHandDoom Xbox Live isn't a public place, its owned & run by a private company & as such they have the right to make the rules on conduct.  When you enter into microsoft's xbox-live domain, you abide by their rules, just as you adhere to a code of accepted conduct in a restaurant, school, hospital or anywhere else.  The right to be an obnxious idiot doesn't trump the right to everyone else having a terrible time thanks to said idiot.

nt00mdnrkist
nt00mdnrkist

@SexyJazzCat I hope it reduces the number of instances akin to those shown on 'Fat, Ugly, or Slutty' 

RevLuckyShot
RevLuckyShot

I would like to think that it will have change, because by the looks of it, it does seem alot more complicated than just give bad rep/goodrep. I don't think people would create a new gamertag, would they? wouldn't they have to pay another gold live account to get online for that to work.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@fredyellowone @cboye18 In singleplayer games it's fun with cheats. In FPS games at least, don't see much point in using it in RPG's, because then you ruin the journey of weak to strong which I enjoy.

Lostat
Lostat

@AyatollaofRnR @juboner Same here.  I will use the mic when talking to people on my friends' list, because I only ever add people there whom I personally know & talk to in real-life.