Xbox One’s Friends List Is Like An Annoying Gaming Twitter Feed
I’m not sure about you, but I’m not the biggest fan of services that actively record your gaming achievements and automatically upload them to social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. I also know a lot of people who feel the exact opposite, so in a way Microsoft’s new Friends App on the Xbox One is for these people. The ones that feel the need to share every achievement with the world, except now it’s easier.
Xbox One will allow any single user to have up to 1000 friends (I know, only 1000?), and each profile will have a Twitter-esque feed that all your friends can see. From here you can upload videos you’d like to share, check out what games your friends have recent logged onto or are currently playing and even have a live feed of all the achievement they are earning in real-time. So instead of someone telling you that they played the first 5 minutes of nearly every single Xbox One game (because those are totally achievements) you can now have them delivered to your feed by robots. Or a monkey behind the screen, scientists really haven’t figured that one out yet.
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And if you happen to hit your 1000 friends cap, because you’re just so super popular or something, then fear not because Xbox One allows Followers now as well. I guess this will come in handy for those you begin to make a living from videos captured on the Xbox One, as fans can now simply follow their activity without the need to add them to their friends list. It’s a cool feature, no doubt, but someone like me will probably just head over to the privacy settings and disable all those pesky notifications, and maybe keep them for that nifty sidebar you can call up with Kinect. Because the only thing worse than an achievement ping during a particularly intense moment in a game is the ping of an achievement that’s not even yours.
I know, I know, I’m being super pessimistic about this whole thing, but that’s only because I hardly play with other human beings online. I use gaming to escape you people, not being you closer. Of course, I’m probably in a minority here, so feel free to share your thoughts on this new Friends system in the comments below.