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Xbox Live fall update gains friends

Written by Dave Horvath @ 27 Nov 2007 12:59 User comments (15)

Xbox Live fall update gains friends Looking at the success of social networking sites such as MySpace, the fall update for Microsoft's Xbox Live dashboard will contain a few features that bring you and your friends closer together. Launching on December 4th, the update will soon allow Xbox Live customers to browse the friends list of your friends so you can see who else your friends play, in an effort to gain more playable online friends.
By default, this update will make your friends list available for browsing by default to only your friends, but also will let you custom tailor how you'd like to appear online. If you are 18 or older, you can set your profile to Everyone, which will allow anyone in the community to browse your profile, Friends Only, which if you're 13 or older can allow only your immediate friends to browse your categories, or Blocked, which of course will not allow anyone to browse your friends list.

No word on how the gamers will take this approach. There are some that feel they would like their gaming experiences to remain as private as possible and don't like the idea of anyone and everyone keeping tabs on their video game prowess. It remains to be seen if Microsoft will make a clear indication that the default settings can be altered or even blocked to help keep those people who would like to remain private just that.

Source:
ArsTechnica

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15 user comments

127.11.2007 13:02
evz
Inactive

ooh! first comment.

this should be a great update for the already incredible LIVE!

227.11.2007 13:18

well at least this "first post" guy commented on the article
but man what a waste of an update..the spring one was awesome because of MP4 support, why don't they do DivX support or anything worthy? if i want to know who my friends play with ill be like "hey lets start a party and invite your friends"

327.11.2007 13:49
goodswipe
Inactive

lol @ sk8flawzz...

i smell an exploit comming on.

427.11.2007 14:15

This really isnt the best update news from M$ on the 360 but i understand why they are doing it. I think they are doing a similar thing like Sony trying to identify the different age groups and offer more protection to block unwanted folks and allow only who you know if you want which is great. Plus i know they want to avoid any and all law suits from foolish things people do over the net. I think the spying on peoples friends list and other info is a bit to much but thats me.

527.11.2007 14:51

Originally posted by sk8flawzz:
well at least this "first post" guy commented on the article
but man what a waste of an update..the spring one was awesome because of MP4 support, why don't they do DivX support or anything worthy? if i want to know who my friends play with ill be like "hey lets start a party and invite your friends"
Divx was rumored, so who knows if it will show up? (It was also rumored for the Spring update too.) MS just added a bunch of games to BWC too.

627.11.2007 15:18

haha Sony has already confirmed Divx support

727.11.2007 15:53
vinny13
Inactive

WOW that's gay(no offence to anybody...)! What a waste of time.

As an avid 360 user(at friend's 24/7 until I get a PS3) I find this useless... I hate myspace and facebook by the way :P

827.11.2007 19:05

All i want is a randomizer for the music player, so i dont have to listen to the same tracks in the same order all the time when i play games.

927.11.2007 20:14

Originally posted by miked2892:
haha Sony has already confirmed Divx support
I KNOW!!i was like....dang it sony, i want one now...

PS3 owners interested in divx must be happppy

1027.11.2007 22:22
vinny13
Inactive

Quote:
Originally posted by miked2892:
haha Sony has already confirmed Divx support
I KNOW!!i was like....dang it sony, i want one now...

PS3 owners interested in divx must be happppy
Ya now we can watch flat out aXXo rips :)

1128.11.2007 2:51

Originally posted by vinny13:
WOW that's gay(no offence to anybody...)! What a waste of time.

As an avid 360 user(at friend's 24/7 until I get a PS3) I find this useless... I hate myspace and facebook by the way :P

Whats not mentioned in the article is the 80+ backwards compatible games that have supposedly been added, making the update not useless but A very good improvement.

1228.11.2007 9:14

Originally posted by limelight:
All i want is a randomizer for the music player, so i dont have to listen to the same tracks in the same order all the time when i play games.
There has been one since the start, works fine ,shuffles, plays 'n' everything.
Errr...welcome to the Next Generation :P

1328.11.2007 12:22

The rumor now is that Divx/Xvid support will be in this one. We'll see.

1429.11.2007 22:01

How about 6 person video conference like <saying under my breath> another rival console has available?

1520.12.2007 6:55

updates galore :)

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