Microsoft has detailed the new Friends app, which is going to replace the previous Friends interface with a new redesign and additional functions.
Posting a demonstration video on his blog, Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb highlighted how the Friends app lets players keep track of all of their friends’ activities. This includes information on what games they have been recently playing, what titles they have bought recently, their achievements, uploaded media, and more; everything laid cleanly out in a format similar to Twitter’s.
“Designed around you and your friends, Xbox One will have plenty of room for all your favourite people in the brand new Friends system on Xbox One,” wrote Microsoft’s director of programming for Xbox Live Larry Hryb.
“Your Xbox 360 friends will automatically be added to your Friends list. With Xbox One you can have 1,000 friends, connect with people instantly by following them and have infinite followers yourself. You can also see all of your Xbox One and Xbox 360 friends and their activity in your Activity Feed.”
The new app lets players follow other Xbox Live users without necessarily becoming Friends, too, and they can sort them into a Favourites list, offering them quicker access to particular friends.
“You can follow anyone you want and it’s completely up to them if they follow you back,” adds Hyrb. “You can also decide what information your followers can see about you. When you and another gamer mutually follow each other, it creates a more interactive relationship that unlocks the ability for you both to see information like when each other are online, what achievements you earn in real time and what you’re up to on Xbox One.”
For a more closer look, you can check out the video above.
The Xbox One launches on November 22 in North America for a price of $499.