Xbox One Smart Match can pair players based on reputation

Microsoft provides new details on "completely reengineered" matchmaking system for next-generation console.

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.

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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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kamekawa
kamekawa

I hope the system works as intended.  I'm not a huge fan of playing games online, but I'll probably play online more with the next gen consoles.  I like to enjoy games, not get frustrated when people online decide to troll or get matched up with people way over my abilities.  I'm interested to see how well the system works when the systems launch.

cejay0813
cejay0813

"Advanced algorithms" 

We haven't heard this once or twice in this industry

MigGui
MigGui

people bashing this feature saying "I dont wanna play with racists just because people give me bad rep for being too good", I bet my ass that MS wont FORCE you to play with your "perfect match" only. It would be like "ok, my system is in hungarian, my x1 will only let me play with people whose system is in hungarian" or "I'm 65, will have to wait forever to play a COD match now :/"

if the system is actually smart, it will let you choose which variables are interesting to you and which arent, and will match you based on the parameters you want, not on any given parameter it can.

so stop hating before you see it, because complaining that something is more advanced and smarter than current system is just awkward...

HenrySix
HenrySix

not just sony ponys in general, but fanboys in general. if this article was about sony doing this, you wouldn't see this much hate. I am not surprised anymore though, for any article that comes out with positive news about microsoft/xbox, it will have a lot of sony ponys and ms haters posting. 

gamespot is like the yahoo comments, but for games. if anyone has ever seen the comments on yahoo articles, then you know what I am talking about.

dmastor
dmastor

Sony fans are losers they just announced new Killzone features and other Sony news and it get max 200 comments talk about xbox and Sony fanboys go out there way to bash xbox every chance they get. 

dmastor
dmastor

I am to excited about what they say they going to do. I hope they do it because for 360 they said the same thing but it never worked always play with jerks and rating never mattered. 

NoAngle
NoAngle

Yet another punch to the PS fanboy's troll face...


ouch! 

cool, now crawl back to your PS3.5 related articles, oh... wait... there are NONE, because PS3.NOTHINGNEW got nothing to talk about...

xtraflossy
xtraflossy

I realize there are those who welcome skill based matchmaking...

But head on over to the Black Ops 2 forums (for the first few months after release) and you'll see how much people actually like skill based matchmaking (sarcasm)


At the end of the day, I'd rather not have M$ "decide" anything for me given their recent track record

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Do people seriously get that bothered about playing with people of different abilties?  Whether I'm killing noobs or getting my ass served I honestly couldn't care less.  It's fun.

Fair play if you want it though, guess you can't blame them for trying to innovate.

This "Snap" feature needs to stop being so hyped though.  If my smart phone can do it i'd kind of expected the next-gen consoles to do the same :P

Waiting 2 minutes to start a match really isn't the end of the world either.  Are folks seriously so damn impatient?!

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

"Ugh, that guy's too good!" *Marks for trash talking to hopefully get him banned.*

"That team wins ALL the time!!" *Marks for unsporting.*

 It's the current system. If you allow users to give their own feedback, the possitives will almost never show up and the negatives will be for anything that player dislikes.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

That would be bad. People hand out bad ratings pretty easily, regardless of whether they're deserved.

I'd rather not get grouped with some racist loudmouths because some guy gave me a bad rep, being upset because I beat him in some game.

MegamanX97
MegamanX97

Seems like people avoid me rather then give me positive reviews. I rack up most of the negative reviews due to sports games. NHL 13 has some real bad sore losers out there. They get frusturated when they try their cheap goals and plays but when you still beat them they RAGE.

PetJel
PetJel

fuck all this online bullshit

"optimized to help you play with exactly the people you want"

no, you don't know with who I want to play Microsoft.

iraqips4
iraqips4

ryse and forza is the best games on xbox one !

MVan86
MVan86

Interesting.

I hope it will stop there being such huge mismatches as I often see not to mention stop me being disconnected so much...

nechiken
nechiken

Why not just make matchmaking based on player skill so games are more even? Is it really that hard?

innocent69
innocent69

@MigGui "based on skill, language, age, gameplay style, and reputation" yeah there will probably be a menu option to let you check, or un-check which variables you prefer.

innocent69
innocent69

@dmastor agreed, very pittyful and desperate attempts to bash any good news about the xbox.

remiks00
remiks00

@dmastor haha, so true man. I remember when J. Allard would talk about the different "Gamer Zones" and how it was "supposed" to filter players based on which zone, and skill level you were in.  Didn't work nearly as planned, and I've been playing since PDZ.

PetJel
PetJel

consoles are machines for stereotypical teenagers now, not gamers. And that is what is wrong. Imo.

xtraflossy
xtraflossy

@NoAngle @xtraflossy Think what you want, but it's hard to deny things could have been handled in a better way.


..My skill based matchmaking statement still stays.  It's welcome among some and causes connection problems for others

northArrow
northArrow

@NoAngle  Real classy and well thought out response. This all you blind fanboys have?

CallMeDuraSouka
CallMeDuraSouka

NoAngle what the hell is wrong with you? You're coming across as a complete fool, just stop already.

PetJel
PetJel

its like being babysitted

"you probably want to play these games"

"you probably want to play with these people"

"we thought you'd want to use this awesome new kinect so we included it"

and before even a 24 hour online check and no more game sharing unless extremely restriced

"sorry no more own choice we give you these borders right here and you can have fun in the middle there with everyone else."

mr_england
mr_england

@MVan86 @nechiken There's other things to consider too. I want to play with someone who is a similar skill level, but I also don't want to play with some loser bitch that quits the game when they're losing. If I have the decency to take a kicking like a man, I want to be paired with someone who is also willing (for the rare occasions I can actually beat someone else at a game :-) )

innocent69
innocent69

@NoAngle a sony fanboy is the only person who liked his anti-xbox comment......typical !!!

JynxGSpot
JynxGSpot

@northArrow @NoAngle Every vague promise and or lack of detail in a system feature on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One has been, over time, explained, expanded and developed by Microsoft. E.g Xbox Live, Kinect 2.0 capabilities, Games etc. 

This news is barely a few days old; be patient for more information if you don't understand, completely, how it works.

NoAngle
NoAngle

@northArrow @NoAngle yes there is something very wrong with that. when you start complaining about imaginary stuff, there is indeed something very wrong with you.

So cut the crap, move along.

northArrow
northArrow

@NoAngle There are plenty of legit concerns and there's nothing wrong with speculating especially if Microsoft is only going to offer vague promises with no details or specifics.

If you can't see that then you're as blind a fanboy and no different than the PS4 variety

So grow up

NoAngle
NoAngle

@northArrow @NoAngle There are no legit concerns, just fanboys trolling on stuff they don't understand and speculating about a feature NOT detailed yet.

XBO will intelligently mach based on skill, PS4 will dumbly match randomly.

Intelligent > random


so cut the crap.


there are also many "top" comments who praise the feature, did you read those?

northArrow
northArrow

@NoAngle  Didn't read the posts then did you? It's from 360 owners with some legit concerns

MVan86
MVan86

@iraqips4 @MVan86 No it's not. It's yet more spamming of X1 stuff by PS4 fans. No-one forces you to come here and spout stuff.