Friends and followers on Xbox One


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Major Nelson has just broken the news that you’ll be able to have both friends and followers on the Xbox One. While your friends list will be limited to a maximum of one thousand others, your followers list will be unlimited in number.

We shouldn’t need to explain the concept of friends, but in terms of followers – you’ll gain a follower when someone else chooses to start following you (and you’ve enabled it under your privacy settings). If you’re following someone then by default you’ll get information like when they’re online, what Achievements they’re earning and other stuff. And like we said, just like on Facebook, you’ll be able to control exactly what your particular followers can see about you (if anything). After all it is all about privacy these days right?

In terms of your Xbox 360 playing buddies, they’ll all be carried over to the new system automatically via your Gamertag, although on your Xbox One friends list they’ll appear as small greyed out icons. Yup, you can feel sorry for them.

Anyway, here’s Major Nelson’s video explaining the whole thing in more detail. Check it out:

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  • Larry Gall

    The only “followers” I’ve seen are from the guys sending SPAM. Had to turn it off (only receive messages from friends) and considering the “recent players” list is dead now, I’ve probably made my last friend too (takes so long for people to show up, there no longer “recent”). There’s a movement on XBox User Voice to put a filter based on GamerScore for message sending, but that will probably be ignored, just like the thread for background music. I’m starting to wonder if these spammers are actually 3rd party sites who paid M$, and that’s why they won’t let us block them.