New Xbox Live Features Announced

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Microsoft announced today that they would be adding new features to the ever expanding Xbox Live service. The new services include:

  • Xbox Clubs – Places to socially gather with friends to chat and share gameplay.
  • Connectivity with Apple, Windows, and Android devices.
  • Region Independent Language Setting – Allows you to set your perfected language to be used with Xbox, regardless of where you live in the world.
  • Cortana on Xbox One – Enables voice search and and functions similar to how they work on Windows 10.
  • Looking for Group – Will give you the ability to search for players with similar interest and experience levels to play your favorites games with. Looking for Group will work with games like Tom Clancy’s: The Division to find other gamers to run Incursions with.
  • Arena on Xbox Live – Will be Microsoft’s In-house tournament platform. Players Can compete solo or with friends in competitive games. Some of the games listed on the roster were Smite and World of Tanks. EA also has plans to bring their major sport franchises to Arena with FIFA being the highlight of the show.

Microsoft has been working on improvements to the Xbox Live servers since it’s release back in 2002. Xbox is credited by many people for building interest and capabilities for online gaming, so it’s only natural that they continue to pioneer online features. The new updates will be included as part of Xbox’s October update.