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Xbox One’s New Friends List Revealed

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The new friends list on the upcoming Xbox One has been revealed in a tutorial video ran by Xbox’s Major Nelson, check out the video embedded above.

The video shows the new UI for the friends list and also showcases the new ‘Followers’ section, in which people can view your activity without being your friend. Also on show is the new Activity Feed, which gives real time updates on what your friends are doing, much like the ticker on Facebook.

Major Nelson also gave some extra information on his blog:

“There are now two types of Achievements: achievements and time-based challenges. The former is similar to the achievements you earn on Xbox 360. Challenges on the other hand are only available for a certain period of time. What you accomplish during that timeframe will count towards unlocking the challenge.

As a nod to our stellar community, many challenges require a community to work together towards a common goal. Imagine, for example, a game releases a weekend objective that requires players to cumulatively secure an objective “X” number of times in a three day period. And every person who participates and helps build towards the challenge’s goals unlocks that Achievement and earns its reward.”

Personally I think the UI seems a bit empty and hollow, there isn’t much character there and it doesn’t have any personality. From a functionality point of view it seems great, I think the followers idea is great and the new achievement type seems interesting.

Let me know what you think of the video and whether you think timed achievements are a good thing or not!

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