March Xbox One Update: Social Features and Twitch Support

February 25, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


If you’re an Xbox One owner, you’ve got a lot to look forward to in March. First of all, there’s Titanfall, which we learn more details about every day, and Microsoft is releasing a major update before the game launches.

The update will work out some difficulties with the friend system and bring back popular Xbox 360 features, such as the ability to see people you’ve played games with recently, quickly invite your friends to join you in multiplayer games, and use party chat by default when you create a party. Fans have been asking for these changes, so we’re pleased to report that they’re not far off.

It will also be easier to use the interface, with a clear distinction between players in the same game and chats across games, as well as a message shortcut menu, a quicker way to access friends’ statuses, and the ability to mark certain friends as favorites.

Finally, another feature fans have been anxious for will also come with this update—Twitch integration. Fans have wanted to broadcast their gameplay to for a while now, especially since broadcasting was supposed to be one of the key features of the Xbox One, but it was delayed until now. Twitch is a highly popular service, with 45 million people visiting the site each month.

Using Twitch on the Xbox One is planned to be more advanced than it is on the PS4, and has been described as “complete integration” by Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. We don’t have all the details, but Microsoft has said you’ll be able to archive your streams right from your Xbox One, and watch streams from all sources, both of which you can’t do from your PS4. Basically, this is going to be a full Twitch experience.

Well, things are looking good for the Xbox One, and we’re pretty sure it isn’t a coincidence that the update for the Twitch app formally launches on March 11, the same date as Titanfall. This entire update is intended to polish things up for the highly-anticipated multiplayer game, and you can bet Twitch will be overloaded with Titanfall broadcasts as soon as possible. If you have an Xbox One, are you going to use Twitch? If you don’t have one, does this make you more inclined to get one? Check out the official videos for the new interface and Twitch integration, and let us know.

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PS4 digital games sharing and friends limit

October 27, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


We all know that sharing physical games on the PS4 is dead easy. Just check out the video embedded at the bottom of this post. However according to the just published official Playstation 4 system FAQ, sharing digital games is going to be a little more complicated (although still pretty easy).

What you’ll need to do is select one particular console as your primary PS4 and this is where all you digital content will be automatically downloaded (i.e. the system in your bedroom/lounge/house). It is also the console that will link up with your PS Vita if you have one. Any user whatsoever will be able to play the games on that console too, no matter what account they are logged in to.

As for other consoles, like if you go to a friends house and play his or her Playstation 4, you can log into your PSN account there and download games and play them, but they will only be playable via your account.

The FAQ also tells us that the friends limit for the PS4 is 2,000 in total.

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Friends and followers on Xbox One

October 15, 2013 by Staff - 2 Comments


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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PS4 maximum friends limit is 2,000

July 29, 2013 by Staff - 1 Comment

Sony really is trying to one-up the Xbox One with the PS4 in just about every way imaginable (whether it is achieving this is another matter). It even extends to friends lists.

Microsoft has previously advised that you’ll be able to keep 1,000 friends in your list on the Xbox One, maximum. Well, Hollie Bennett from Access PlayStation has just revealed that the friends list on your PS4 could be up to double that – a maximum of 2,000 friends. Really I think that once you get up around 1,000 friends the argument becomes academic, but whatever…

Hollie also confirmed the following:

  • Party chat exists on the Playstation 4 and it is free (ie you don’t need a PS+ subscription).
  • Your current DualShock 3 PS3 controllers will not work with the PS4. Your current PS Move will work though.
  • You will be able to swap out the standard Playstation 4 hard-drive (500GB) for something else.
  • Your existing PSN username and avatar will carry over to the PS4.
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