Microsoft Prepares Friendlier Xbox One Update
Next month, Microsoft is making it easier for Xbox One users to populate their friends lists and share their real identities to the world.Microsoft is beefing up the Xbox One's community and social aspects with a new update that's slated for release next month. Dubbed simply the March system update, available now for members of the company's early-access Xbox One preview program, it includes two new features aimed at helping users connect, compete and share their in-game activities, announced Larry Hryb, director of programming for Xbox Live. First things first: filling up those friends lists. Friend suggestions, a staple of social networks like Facebook and Twitter, are coming to the console. "With the suggested friends feature, the Friends area in home and your friends list will help you find and add friends," wrote Hryb in a Feb. 18 blog post. "Suggested friends will include people you might know, so you add more friends to game with, and top community broadcasters and clip creators, so you can get more great content in your activity feed." A dedicated suggested friends page is being added to the Friends app, as well. In an accompanying YouTube video, Richard Irving, a member of the Xbox engineering team, called the move "an effort to get you more people to play with on Xbox Live." The suggested friends features pulls likely candidates from Xbox Live members who may be following a user, recent in-game allies or adversaries, and notable community members.
Interestingly, the feature made its debut in an upcoming, highly-anticipated release from the company. Hryb noted during the video that "some sharp-eyed folks may recognize [that] this is very similar to the feature in the Xbox app in Windows 10."