In a new blog post on Xbox Wire today, senior product marketing manager Mike Lavin discussed the top things gamers should know about the Xbox One's new Smart Match system.
Lavin said the matchmaking system has been "completely reengineered" for the next generation of gaming, using "advanced algorithms" to pair players based on skill, language, age, gameplay style, and reputation.
"It's smarter, faster, and optimized to help you play with exactly the people you want, when you want. The advanced party system goes far beyond the beacons of Xbox 360, which was limited to people you already knew," Lavin said. "Helping you discover and connect easily with players is now central to the experience. In addition, for the first time, games will be able to share player stats with Xbox Live and each other; to learn, evolve, and provide you with the best possible matchmaking available."
Lavin said Microsoft will share more details about how the Xbox One will match players based on reputation in a new post tomorrow.
One major upside to Smart Match, Lavin said, is that it leverages the Xbox One's "Snap" mode, allowing players to surf the Internet or watch a show while waiting to be called into a match. When in a party, one friend can even search for a match for the entire party, Lavin said.
Once the Xbox One has founded a "perfect match," the system will give players a one-click prompt that will allow them to jump into a game. The Xbox One launches in November for $500.