Microsoft via XboxWire has given a run down of the top three things that Xbox One gamers will need to know about the all-new-improved Smart Match Matchmaking feature for Xbox One.
First of all it is a revolutionary multi-tasking feature that can let you do other things whilst waiting for a game to start, such as watch TV, check-out Apps and anything else that might be on offer. Just “How Long” will gamers be waiting to start a match? It does seem a little concerning that we could need to be occupied in the time it may take to start a new multiplayer game. Microsoft are touting the idea that Smart Match frees up your time somehow!
“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.”
Next up is finding the perfect players for the perfect game – we know the Xbox One uses a new Rep’ System which up until proven otherwise feels like a flawed function if you are to believe the word of those reporting players and their gaming behaviour – how can this be trusted?
“Smart Match on Xbox One is completely reengineered for a new generation of gaming – using advanced algorithms to pair players based on skill, language, and now reputation. It’s smarter, faster and optimized to help you play with exactly the people you want, when you want. The advanced party system goes far 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, games will be able to share player stats with Xbox Live and each other; to learn, evolve, and provide you with the best possible matchmaking available.”
Finally, letting you know when your game is ready – perhaps like waiting for a readymeal in the microwave?
“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 downloadable content, or jump on Reddit. 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.”