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Microsoft talks Xbox One Xbox Live details

The Xbox One will launch on November 22 and Microsoft is offering new details about how some of the services on the console work ahead of its official launch. The new Friends App on the Xbox One console will automatically add friends from the users Xbox 360 Friends list. The Xbox One will allow up to 1,000 friends.

In addition to the up to 1,000 friends, Xbox One gamers will be able to have an infinite number of followers. Xbox One users will also be able to follow an infinite number of other gamers, celebrities, and people you are interested in. The main difference between Friends and Followers on the Xbox One has to do with privacy levels.

Users will be able to follow anyone they want, and will be up to that person to decide if they will follow you back. If the person does follow you back, a more interactive relationship is established unlocking the ability for both users to see information about each other including when they are online, achievements they've earned, and what they're doing on the Xbox One console.

“A great driver in ‘Forza Motorsport 5,’ for example, could have a huge group of thousands or even millions of followers all tracking their performance in-game,” Rob Lehew, Xbox Live Program Manager, said. “Those followers can have this driver on their personal leaderboard so that they can constantly keep track of how they stack-up, and they can potentially connect online with the driver to get into a race with him.”

The Xbox One will also have two different types of achievements with achievements and time-based challenges. Achievements on the Xbox One will be similar to those earned on the Xbox 360. Challenges will be available for a certain period of time and what individual players accomplish during that time will count towards unlocking the challenge. Some the challenges will require the community to work together and everyone participating in the challenge will get rewarded for it.

Source: Major Nelson

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By Bubbacub on 10/14/2013 11:32:39 AM , Rating: 3

RE: meh
By retrospooty on 10/14/2013 11:52:12 AM , Rating: 2
ya, meh.

RE: meh
By inighthawki on 10/14/2013 12:08:11 PM , Rating: 2
You say that, but look at all the people so desperate for friends and attention on facebook and youtube via subscribers. People care way too much about what others think of them.

RE: meh
By retrospooty on 10/14/2013 12:24:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, social apps have become very popular in recent years... I repeat - meh.

RE: meh
By Motoman on 10/14/2013 1:23:37 PM , Rating: 3
I'll see your "meh" and raise you a "bah."

RE: meh
By GulWestfale on 10/14/2013 2:12:44 PM , Rating: 5
will obama and the NSA be default friends on everybody's list, or do they have hidden profiles?

RE: meh
By troysavary on 10/14/2013 2:24:12 PM , Rating: 1
Will you just stop already with the MS and NSA connection. Google is at least and willing to share with the NSA, yet you seem to have no problem with that.

RE: meh
By inighthawki on 10/14/2013 2:37:24 PM , Rating: 4
There's a recent fad to hate on and exaggerate everything related to Apple and Microsoft while praising every move Google makes.

RE: meh
By nikon133 on 10/14/2013 3:02:10 PM , Rating: 4
Oddly, I'm finding Google the most shady of all three...

RE: meh
By Reclaimer77 on 10/14/2013 3:08:24 PM , Rating: 1
The "fad" is in your head. Its called Confirmation Bias.

RE: meh
By GulWestfale on 10/14/2013 5:38:37 PM , Rating: 1
stopping to protest this will not make this go away. and just because google might be as evil as MS and apple does not make what MS does alright. it just means that MS is at least as evil as google. and that is the single biggest reason why i'm not getting an xbox.

RE: meh
By Reclaimer77 on 10/14/2013 9:03:42 PM , Rating: 2
None of these companies are truly "evil". Least of all Google. Come on people, we're not talking Monsanto here...

RE: meh
By inighthawki on 10/14/2013 9:28:51 PM , Rating: 4
Least of all Google? Google is one of the biggest piracy invaders ever, coming short only to maybe facebook. Their privacy agreement even openly states that they access, read, and monitor the content of all your email.

RE: meh
By Reclaimer77 on 10/14/2013 9:38:49 PM , Rating: 2
EVERYONE can read your emails, they are sent in the clear! Unless your communications are encrypted, you have NO expectation of privacy. Hello?

How does that make Google evil? The fact that they scan emails to generate ad revenue makes them evil? Do you even know what "evil" is?

I love you chicken little privacy mongers. Do you think for one second that someone at Google gives two shi^s about the context of your emails? Like someone is actually sitting there going "Hey Fred, look 'it! This guy just told his wife he loved her and he's picking up some milk today!! WOW!!!"???

Their privacy agreement even openly states

More proof of their evilness! They openly state their terms of service for you to use their FREE stuff! OMG, that's just so evil! I mean it's not like you have a choice, right?

Dude you are embarrassing yourself, honestly.

RE: meh
By inighthawki on 10/15/2013 12:07:54 AM , Rating: 2
Do you think anyone at the NSA cares about your email to mom about your new puppy? No. that doesn't make it OK to do.

Your post just screams Google fanboy to the max, it's not even funny.

RE: meh
By Reclaimer77 on 10/15/2013 1:25:10 AM , Rating: 2
Huge difference there. I can choose to abandon Google entirely. I can do NOTHING against NSA wiretapping and data sniffing. Even if I move out of the USA!

Also Google isn't breaking any laws. By definition the NSA turning it's spying apparatuses on US citizens is illegal, technically.

This isn't a "fanboi" topic, it's a logical one. One that you're failing horribly. All free webmail and search services compromise your "privacy" to some extent. They ALL collect data, to some extent.

If you don't like it, go with a paid service! Or you can just bi%ch and moan over the Internet that a service provided free of charge has the audacity to NOT 100% be built around your every whim and wane...

How old are you? Seriously. You're the poster-child for everything wrong with today's generation it seems like. Me me me me me me!!!

RE: meh
By inighthawki on 10/15/2013 1:47:21 AM , Rating: 2
You think I'm b*tching and whining? lol I couldn't care less. You're the one losing steam over it, sounding like you're about to burst.

There are plenty of free email services that don't have the invasive privacy terms that Google has, hotmail being one of them. But your mistake is assuming that *I* care. I have a gmail account myself, and it doesn't bother me. I simply used that as an example.

Seriously, you're bringing age into the equation? That is like the last ditch effort of an argument to try and insult someone over age. I will laugh myself to sleep tonight. You are a funny man. Sometimes you are just entertaining to listen to.

RE: meh
By Reclaimer77 on 10/15/2013 8:50:57 AM , Rating: 2
Nice evasive reply. I like how you can't address any points, just make troll post after troll post. While pretending to be neutral and "not caring".

You are boring to talk to.

RE: meh
By inighthawki on 10/15/2013 11:14:05 AM , Rating: 2
Its cause your post spent several paragraphs complaining and evading yourself to say a single thing:
"All free webmail and search services compromise your "privacy" to some extent. They ALL collect data, to some extent."

to which I did reply to tell you that that's just a lie. not all email peociders are out to scan your emails. I gave Hotmail as an example, where privacy has been one of their keymost selling points.

RE: meh
By foxalopex on 10/15/2013 2:43:17 PM , Rating: 2
To be honest, I have a harder time believing that Hotmail also doesn't scan your E-mail for information. Think about it, Google scans your E-mails so they can sell ADs to pay for your "free" service. Otherwise I don't see how Google could actually pay for their multi-million dollar datacenters. It's like buying a car and expecting free gas for life. It doesn't work that way.

I'd be very suspicious if Microsoft doesn't scan or do something less than moral with their E-mail on Hotmail too. After all Microsoft isn't known for giving away stuff for free.

RE: meh
By Reclaimer77 on 10/15/2013 3:42:13 PM , Rating: 2
He's blatantly lying.

This is from's terms of service:

“may occasionally use automated means to isolate information from email, chats or photos in order to help detect and protect against spam and malware or to improve the services with new features that makes them easier to use.”

In other words, while Outlook may not display targeted ads, it is still allowed to use automatic scanners on the content of your emails, chats, and anything else.

RE: meh
By inighthawki on 10/15/2013 4:18:29 PM , Rating: 2
You're right. I misremembered what I read a long time ago, it is simply not scanned for ads. I did not lie, but it was not factually accurate, I apologize.

But even still, that is already a huge step up from Google in terms of privacy. Because of the way Google's ad system works, third parties can intercept the ad information to get targeted knowledge about you. If you're OK with this that's fine, but that doesn't change the fact that Google is one of the worst privacy invaders of any of the big companies. You would be very hard pressed to find a company with worse privacy measures than that, since your [lack of] privacy basically funds Google. Other companies such as Apple and Microsoft sell their hardware and software which is why they can typically offer free services while also providing a greater amount of privacy, since it is pretty close to a paid service.

RE: meh
By inighthawki on 10/15/2013 4:21:49 PM , Rating: 2
The difference is that ads and "selling your privacy" is basically Google's primary revenue stream. Without ads, they make almost nothing. Other companies such as Apple, Microsoft, etc all distribute these types of services (email, cloud storage, etc) as complimentary for use primarily with their paid services, or buy purchasing higher tier versions, such as paying more for additional storage on skydrive. Because they have other alternative revenue streams, they don't require to be supported entirely on ad revenue, which means they can provide better privacy for these services than Google can.

RE: meh
By dew111 on 10/14/2013 6:05:36 PM , Rating: 2
Recent fad? People have been hating on Microsoft pretty much since Windows ME and those antitrust suits. Not that they didn't deserve it then...

And maybe, to some extent, they deserve it now too. But no more so than Google and everyone else. The fact remains that if you want a good set of online services, with a phone OS to match, you have to pick one of the big guys. I wish there were more competition in smartphone OSes (I really liked webOS, although it needed some more work), but for now it's really down to the following: one dominating force, a high-end niche (okay, so it's a pretty big niche) HW-SW combo, and a third guy trying to catch up. Google and Microsoft have competing vertical stacks, while Apple competes only on some levels (not email or search, for example). I really love WP, but I'd like to see them catch up to, not dominate, the other players.

RE: meh
By Manch on 10/14/2013 5:33:24 PM , Rating: 2
No silly, they will be followers until you follow them back! Read the article will ya?!

RE: meh
By hughlle on 10/14/2013 12:35:22 PM , Rating: 2
Facebook maybe, but youtube is a different matter. They ask you to subscribe with the hope of ramping up view counts and such with the idea of making money.

These kinds of things are certainly in line with what the majority of people want, but that's not to say, like facebook, it's stupid none the less. They are designing this device to sell as many units as they can, past controversy aside, and at the end of the day, these are the "pointless" features that huge numbers of people will get all giddy about, sadly.

RE: meh
By retrospooty on 10/14/2013 12:41:24 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking more that people into that are already getting that from Facebook, Youtube, whatever outlet of choice.

RE: meh
By tayb on 10/14/2013 12:40:58 PM , Rating: 3
Actually looks pretty cool to me. I'm not a fan of the Xbox One at all but following people and checking out their stats seems like a pretty cool idea. I've always thought the Xbox was light years ahead of the Playstation in terms of user interface. Looks like that trend will continue.

RE: meh
By Manch on 10/14/2013 5:35:29 PM , Rating: 2
lol the new feature allows you to stalk people!

Seriously though, I think it's a cool feature. The example they gave or Forza is ideal.

doesn't matter
By Captain Awesome on 10/15/2013 10:09:19 AM , Rating: 3
It doesn't matter if they allow 1000 friends or 2 friends, everyone is getting a PS4 anyway...

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