Microsoft updates Xbox Live to deliver a more social experience

It wasn't just the Xbox hardware that got an update, but also its hugely popular online network, Xbox Live. Microsoft is dedicating far more resources to online gaming, upping the dedicated server count from 15,000 to over 300,000, which should lead to a much smoother multiplayer experience.

Creating viral videos for your gaming channel on YouTube also just got easy, after Microsoft introduced the ability to film video and take pictures from within games and then share them over social networks. Sony recently introduced similar features for their PlayStation 4, so it's good to see that Microsoft are keeping up. As games become more graphically enhanced, the videos should only get better. 

It will also be easier to find fellow gamers to compete against, with the ability to search for playmates while watching TV or playing other games. This makes the pairing process more seamless, as it will become easier to set up a relevant match without having to sit there forever waiting for a partner to come online. Microsoft has also added "bigger matches with more players" according to TechCrunch.

The improvements to Xbox Live come in addition to new Skype video calling features, which allow users to make calls while playing games or enjoying content, which also includes a Windows 8-style 'Snap View'. 

Source: TechCrunch | Image via TechnoBuffalo 

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jasonon said,
that must be mega expensive to have 300k servers... how much does each one cost I wonder...

not when you have the worlds largest cloud system at your disposal, Microsoft azure (even apple use this in part for icloud), these servers will be virtual but that wont affect performance or anything, it just give MS super easy access to such large numbers of server instances. Oh and guess how much they'll pay server server licenses? Haha

Wow, that's a heck of a jump in server count. I'm assuming that is attributed to some degree to the ability developers have now to offload work to the server?

It's really just the current # of Azure servers worldwide. It Just means Azure isn't selling as well as expected, so current capacity is can be dynamically allocated to Xbox ONE if need be.

I like how Sony made the biggest deal over being able to record and share your screen... it appears to be one of the biggest new features on the PS4 they've shared so far. Then Xbox basically says in one sentence that they're doing it too, announcing it right casually like its no big deal because they have way more exciting stuff to share.

tytytucke said,
lol, the whole ps4 presentation was a disaster IMO.
It looks like I'm buying One.

Fun tip: The proper use of grammar in your second sentence meant the difference between buying the new Xbox over a PS4

Ideas Man said,
Fun tip: The proper use of grammar in your second sentence meant the difference between buying the new Xbox over a PS4

That's the funny part, I did that on purpose to get a laugh.
You obviously didn't get it >.>

tytytucke said,

That's the funny part, I did that on purpose to get a laugh.
You obviously didn't get it >.>

Oh, but I did, hence the
I was congratulating you, obviously too subtly.

Ideas Man said,
Oh, but I did, hence the
I was congratulating you, obviously too subtly.

The confusion makes it that much more enjoyable for me.

I wonder if I'll be able have a party Skype call with my friends and block the video from others that I don't know? As in only the people I know can see my video feed and voice for those I don't really know in real life