"Do Whatever You Want While Xbox Finds Your Perfect Match"
Microsoft has released more details about the Xbox One's Smart Match system, which intelligently matchmakes players with like-minded individuals and lets us kill time by multitasking away to something more interesting. We can set it in motion, then kick back, snap to some telly or browse the internet, before the console notifies us that our game is ready. A bit like a robot butler, only slightly less cool. It also can't mix cocktails with its mechanical blender arm attachment [you're getting a bit off topic now, Jon - Ed]
Here are the pertinent details courtesy of Major Nelson and Xbox Wire. Effectively, a new reputation system will better group you with players who match your tastes (and actually work this time, apparently), while your precious time is freed up to spend how you want.
Smart Match finds the perfect players for the perfect game
Smart Match on Xbox One is matchmaking evolved. It’s smarter, faster and optimized to help you play with exactly the people you want, when you want. The advanced party system goes way beyond the beacons of Xbox 360, which was limited to people you already knew. Helping you discover and connect easily with players is now central to the experience. In addition, for the first time ever, games will be able to share player stats with Xbox Live and each other; to learn, evolve, and provide gamers with the best possible matchmaking available. The results? Titles have the ability to match you with other players based on reputation (which we will be talking more about in a post tomorrow), skill, language, age, and even your specific gameplay style. You won’t find yourself in way over your head but you’ll always have a good challenge.
Smart Match frees up your time
With Smart Match, you can do whatever you want while Xbox One finds your perfect match. This means that less popular multiplayer modes and maps that have traditionally taken a long time to find players suddenly become playable. Because Snap mode is a core feature of Xbox One that lets you do two things at once, you no longer have to wait in lobbies while Xbox Live is matchmaking for you. One friend can even set up matches for your whole party. While Xbox Live is matchmaking, you’re untethered and free to do what you want, like watch TV or check out your favorite website or apps while waiting for your next game. If you’re playing digital games, you can even play one game while Smart Match prepares a second. This freedom to break out of waiting in lobbies and do whatever you want is what separates Xbox One from systems that don’t have a way to instantly switch between tasks.
Smart Match lets you know when your game is ready
After you or a party member inputs the criteria for your perfect game, do something more fun than waiting; it’s up to you. Play another game. Find some new DLC. Jump on Reddit. Update your movie queue. Play some music. Skype with your friends. Like. Comment. Retweet. Take yourself as many touch points away from the matchmaking process as you can and you still don’t need to worry about finding your way back. Once Xbox One is done finding your perfect match, it will prompt you with a simple toast—no matter where you are or what you’re doing—so you can jump straight into playing.
This sounds pretty great, actually. See what happens when you release firm details, Microsoft? More of this, please!