Xbox One party system “will get better,” says Microsoft, improvements inbound

Tuesday, 3rd December 2013 11:54 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One’s party system has been debated in a Reddit forum, with many gamers decrying the inability to chat cross-game. Microsoft community man Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has responded to cool matters, stressing that “things will get better.”

The Reddit thread, calmly entitled “Why is this a thing? I should be able to chat with friends and play a different game! Fix it MS!” – is followed by several gamers questioning Microsoft’s ‘step back’ from the Xbox 360 party method.

Reminding everyone that the console is only just a fortnight old, Hryb said, “Had a meeting today about much of this and I can say that things will get better. I can’t offer a timeline of a list of what till be addressed first, but we are aware of the issue and things will get better.”

Then everyone was happy and hugged it out.

What do you make of the Xbox One party system so far? Let us know below.

Via CVG.



  1. Pytox

    with the power of the cloud? :p

    #1 12 months ago
  2. tezzer1985

    It’s strange to see Xbox mess up basic live functions, as they did it so well on the 360…I have both X1 & PS4, and I have to say, it works better and looks a lot cleaner on the PS4, that’s just my opinion (I’m not saying one is better then the other)

    I really dislike that everything is an app on Xbox One, literally everything is a app

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Judicas

    @2 with how horrid parties, chatting, the store were on ps3 were/are, I very much doubt ps4 is better then x1 for these features. I only have a x1 atm so am frustrated by some of the changes that didn’t need changing but hopefully they get fixed.

    #3 12 months ago
  4. gomersoul

    Works fine on ps4

    #4 12 months ago
  5. Fin

    Great article from Edge today:


    PS4′s interfaces are actually great – my only issue is invites not being terribly intuitive (it seems possible to join a party member in game, but not sure about inviting a player to a game).

    #5 12 months ago
  6. aseddon130

    It does feel like a step back, but my friends and i have easily been able to play different games and still continue to chat, it’s just that sometimes it messes up when you try and join a game together and the Party App can’t work out which game you’re playing. It’s only happened a few times though, nothing major.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. rafterman83

    Party chat on X1 is woeful. For example, if you’re playing BF4 in a party and then a couple of you want to play FIFA, whilst the rest play BF4 you need to leave the party, setup the fifa game, and then go back to your original party.

    If you stay in the party then the invites just don’t appear at all. Also the whole ‘turn party on’ is a beyond stupid, it rarely works, and requires a console restart to get it to work if it’s not connecting for some unbeknown reason.

    Why oh why did they think the new version was better in any way is beyond me.

    Change for change sake is not the answer.

    Other than that I love the console but some of the decisions just don’t make any sense whatsoever.

    #7 12 months ago
  8. lexph3re

    @3 surprisingly Sony stepped up with the vitas party chat and it transitioned over to ps4 wonderfully.

    #8 12 months ago
  9. viralshag

    It’s definitely an area where MS need to step up. Some of the changes they made to the party system is beyond me.

    Like #7 said, why there’s even a “turn party chat on” function is beyond me. Right now it feels like a setting purely put there to cock things up and make it more difficult to simply speak to people.

    #9 12 months ago


    Thanks for the link.

    What a shambles!

    #10 12 months ago
  11. bradk825

    For many games it actually works fine for cross-game chat, but there are a few that require you to be in a party size no greater than that of the smartmatch option. So for example, Ryse requires your party is no bigger than 2 people because that’s the co-op. Temp workaround: once you’re in the game, you can party up no problem.

    #11 12 months ago
  12. edragon

    Very simple, Microsoft using first wave Xbox One owners as beta testers. But I still don’t get it why to throw away 8 years hard work (Xbox 360) and start new one from beginning? Dumbest move ever. People had been work 8 years to get Xbox 360 best console. And customers are happy with Xbox 360 dashboard functions. Now some idiot thinking that we do not need to see our games, not want use order by alphabetically or latest or whatever. Also we are not interested about game demos, or we do not want see full list of games. And of course we do not want speak with our friends, we do not want listen friend messages, etc.

    #12 12 months ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    Wait… what? Are you serious?

    How the hell does the company that got things so right last gen get it so bloody wrong this gen? Seriously, what the fucking fuck?

    Any time I think they can’t mess up more…

    #13 12 months ago
  14. Docker Al

    There’s quite a few omissions from the 360 other than this. No way to see a list of recent players and no way to rate them. What happened to the reputation system MS told us about? Won’t work if you can’t find a list of recently met players and there is no option to rate them anyway. The only option is to block. Also where are the game demos in the game menu? COD allows you to see a list of recent players but there’s no way to do this from the dash. The whole thing seems rushed and unfinished. No way to quickly bring up your friends list in game either like you could with the guide button on 360. Also you can no longer see which country players are from and their player cards take an age to load where it used to be instant on 360. The 360 dash was slick and functional. The One dash is cumbersome and a chore to use.

    #14 12 months ago
  15. bradk825

    @14 You can bring up anything quickly if you hook up the Kinect. “Xbox, show party” for example brings up the party right away instead of accessing from dashboard.

    #15 12 months ago

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