Just over 38 days stand between (parts of) the world and the release of Microsoft’s Xbox One. As with any major console release, people have been clamoring for any details about their upcoming $500 game box.
Earlier today, a pair of YouTube videos were posted to the official Xbox channel doing just that, showcasing both the social and multiplayer aspects of the new system’s interface.
In the first clip, Xbox Live’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb outlined the system’s Friends app, which is more or less a beefed up friends list. Users will get to check their profile out, see who’s online, check messages and compare achievements in this single location.
What’s particularly interesting about the video, however, are the details surrounding the more social aspect of the Xbox One’s friend functionality. On the app’s front page, there’s a Facebook-esque Feed, which keeps track of your friends’ recent activities.
Though friends will automatically show up on this feed, the application will also allow users to follow people they’re not friends with. The function practically mirrors Twitter, allowing anyone to follow anyone and see what they’re doing.
Hyrb assured that those skittish with sharing their online activities with complete strangers can adjust their privacy settings to block that feature.
As for the Xbox One multiplayer, a whole slew of details surrounding the online multiplayer’s new SmartMatch system, cloud hosting and reputation, among other things.
You can check out both clips after the break.
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