E3 2013: Microsoft reveals more on Xbox One Smart Match

Microsoft's Xbox One game console may require owners to connect to the Internet at least once every 24 hours to play games. However, the company is trying to make finding those online matches easier for its customers.

In a post on the Major Nelson website, Micheal Dunn, Microsoft's Program Manager on Xbox Live Services, offers up some info on Xbox One Smart Match. Dunn says that Smart Match will allow players to find the perfect multiplayer experience without having to wait in line for a long time for a suitable player to show up.

Basically, while the Xbox One connects to its cloud-based servers to find an online game, gamers can "switch to reading a quick social blog or watch a viral video" without having to stare at a lobby screen for long periods of time. You can see an example of that above where a player is spending time playing Ryse on the Xbox One while waiting for his Killer Instinct Smart Match to start up.

Dunn also talks about the new reputation system for the Xbox One, which is designed to help people find the best players and avoid other players that might not have the best intentions in mind when they go online. Dunn states:

The more hours you play online without causing others to have a horrible time the better your reputation will be, similar to the more hours your drive without an accident the better your driving record and insurance rates will be.

Xbox One players with a good reputation will have a green icon, while others who need improvement will be colored yellow. Players with poor reputations are naturally going to have a red color icon until they change their ways.

Source: Major Nelson | Image via Microsoft

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M_Lyons10 said,
I like the new reputation system. I am really tired of poor sports when playing online...

Isn't everyone. Unfortunately I don't think it's fixable. As someone else mentioned above, poor sports will just give you a bad rep for beating them. In the end this sort of thing will render the ratings useless.

IgorP said,

Isn't everyone. Unfortunately I don't think it's fixable. As someone else mentioned above, poor sports will just give you a bad rep for beating them. In the end this sort of thing will render the ratings useless.

Then just don't humiliate them ????

This is how it works in real life buddy. In any sport game a team winning by a safe margin will slow down to not humiliate the opponent. An hockey team wining 6 to 0 will mostly stop playing at the start of the 3rd period. If they don't the opponent will start playing dirty against them. A baseball player with 2 homeruns and 5 runs in a game having a bad attitude is better be ready getting hit by a pitch.

I've seen my share of ***** on live. If you spawn camp a team loosing a deathmatch 30-5 be ready to get bad rep and honestly you brought it upon you. Me and my friends were really good at Halo 2 and Halo 3. Often winning by a really safe margin. Yet we mostly never got bad rep. Why? Maybe cause we respected the opponent and if we were winning 25-3 we slowed down a bit to win 50-20 something instead of 50-5. I never really understood the point of bullying a bad opponent when playing an online game. So much people online fell entitled to bully bad players like if it was a right. They can't do it in real life so they spit their venom on baddies while online.

I like to think good players with a good attitude wont get enough bad rep to make a difference. Lot of players with bad attitude don't even realise it. Ask yourself if you would do such a thing in real life before doing it online. If the answer is no then get ready to get bad rep and you have just yourself to blame. Would you spawn camp in real life ? No cause we all know Karma is a bitch and in real life it tends to hurt when Karma hits you.

Good move by MS imo.

Edited by LaP, Jun 13 2013, 2:30pm :

LaP said,

Then just don't humiliate them ????
...

While what you say is perfectly true it doesn't take a wide margin to elicit poor sportsmanship. I play a lot of Fifa online and the amount of times I've been abused for winning by 1 or 2 goals is ridiculous. Heck you don't even have to win. When you lose you get all the "omg ur sooo sh**" comments, when you win it's all "omg you're such a cheater"... how can you hope to have a proper rep system with people like that floating around? We'll just mutually be giving each other bad rep.

'Basically, while the Xbox One connects to its cloud-based servers to find an online game, gamers can "switch to reading a quick social blog or watch a viral video" without having to stare at a lobby screen for long periods of time.'
More like be shown a bunch of annoying adverts.

TCLN Ryster said,
What a load of nonsense. How does being able to switch to another app even hint at anything to do with advertising?

Agreed. What a bizarre connection.

n_K said,
'Basically, while the Xbox One connects to its cloud-based servers to find an online game, gamers can "switch to reading a quick social blog or watch a viral video" without having to stare at a lobby screen for long periods of time.'
More like be shown a bunch of annoying adverts.

This only makes sense if you switch to the TV and commercials are on... anything else and this comment makes absolutely zero sense

The rep system is currently flawed. People don't care if you're a good gamer and courteous, they bad rep you for beating them fair and square.

I've got bad marks against me for trash talking and my headset has never been plugged in!

Mikeffer said,
The rep system is currently flawed. People don't care if you're a good gamer and courteous, they bad rep you for beating them fair and square.

I've got bad marks against me for trash talking and my headset has never been plugged in!


I see your problem, but that's something you can't fix. But see it from the other side(and another game). When I play FIFA I meet someone who suddenly starts lagging mid-game(that's lag-cheat in my eyes), then I NEED to submit negative player review to avoid getting matched up with them again...

You can't deny bad loosers the oppurtunity to submit player review without affecting those who need it to avoid playing against that a$$h*le who made the game lag (no matter if I win or loose)

Graimer said,

I see your problem, but that's something you can't fix. But see it from the other side(and another game). When I play FIFA I meet someone who suddenly starts lagging mid-game(that's lag-cheat in my eyes), then I NEED to submit negative player review to avoid getting matched up with them again...

You can't deny bad loosers the oppurtunity to submit player review without affecting those who need it to avoid playing against that a$$h*le who made the game lag (no matter if I win or loose)

Yeah i totally get that, it's just so flawed though.

Mikeffer said,
The rep system is currently flawed. People don't care if you're a good gamer and courteous, they bad rep you for beating them fair and square.

I've got bad marks against me for trash talking and my headset has never been plugged in!

Unfortunately, you're right. There are a lot of sore losers out there...

But how do you remedy that but allow people to give you a bad review for camping outside a spawn area the entire game, or being a jerk the entire game?

M_Lyons10 said,

Unfortunately, you're right. There are a lot of sore losers out there...

But how do you remedy that but allow people to give you a bad review for camping outside a spawn area the entire game, or being a jerk the entire game?

Unfortunately short of MS themselves monitoring every complaint by watching captured video, i doubt there is much they can do. Even if they had software monitor for flagged activity, all the cry babies would say it was a violation of privacy or some crap like that.

Mikeffer said,

Unfortunately short of MS themselves monitoring every complaint by watching captured video, i doubt there is much they can do. Even if they had software monitor for flagged activity, all the cry babies would say it was a violation of privacy or some crap like that.

Yep. You're absolutely right. It's a shame, but I do know what you're talking about.