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Party chat now allows 12 people

In the next few hours Microsoft is rolling out 12-person Party Chat on Xbox One and the Xbox App for Windows 10.

Rather cleverly there will be no system update as it all happens on Microsoft’s end.

New features are coming to the New Xbox One Experience Preview today, too. Here’s what’s you’ll be getting:

  • Party text chat adds more communication options. In the New Xbox One Experience, text chat joins voice chat as a way to communicate with your friends. At the bottom of the ‘Your Party’ page, you will see a button to ‘Show text chat.’ This will let you participate in the conversation. Party text chat will also come to the Beta Xbox App for Windows 10.
  • A streamlined Game DVR experience. We have combined the functionality of the Game DVR snap app and the former Upload app into one easy-to-use app called Game DVR. In full screen mode, you can use this app to view your game clips and screenshot captures. When snapped, you can use Game DVR to start or stop recordings.
  • New animated avatars. They are back and better than ever. You showed us that you are passionate about Avatars with many requests on Xbox Feedback. The new avatars will be animated on your profile and will start showing up in other new places in the new experience. If you prefer a gamerpic, you can easily switch your image.
  • Updated menu for quick access to common actions. The menu button on your controller lets you pin an app or game to Home, launch a recently played game, or quit an app or game with just the touch of a button.
  • Access new settings in the Guide. Adding to settings already included in the guide, like adjusting the headset volume, you can now turn your console off or restart your console directly from the Guide.

Chatty Man – The Party Invite

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Ah, the chat feature. It’s something that can become the bane of any gamer’s existence while also serving as a crucial tool for conquering your next mission (depending on the game, of course). While the concept of chat in its most basic form is an admittedly wonderful thing and can even lead to friendships with like-minded people, it’s a feature that can be quickly bastardised by teenagers looking to hurl insults at everyone they can.

Enter the party invite. For those unfamiliar with the party system, you can head to the Xbox LIVE site for more information, though it works a little something like this: You can setup a group of up to eight people with whom you can communicate directly instead of throwing yourself into the world of open chat. In other words, it restricts your brain from dealing with the potential nonsense of someone talking smack about you (or in most cases, your mum). Again, this is especially helpful when playing a game such as Destiny, the Halo-RPG hybrid that pretty much isn’t the least bit entertaining when playing solo. That storyline? Awful.

In our review of Destiny, we mentioned that the game comes alive when playing with friends on your Xbox LIVE list “due to knowing it will be a co-operative effort.” But then we asked, “But how many times before it becomes stale?” The answer could potentially be that, in this case, party chat isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Or, rather, it’s the idea of only playing with your party that can make a game like this stale. Sure, playing with people you don’t know can be intimidating, awkward, whatever, but it can also open a game up to new experiences. A random person may know something you don’t or be more capable of taking on certain tasks that you and your friends keep failing at. Whatever the case, alleviating boredom could potentially saved by treading back into the world of game chat. On the other hand, it could just lead to more frustration for you and anyone who decides to head into game chat with you, so tread lightly.

A more personal form of chatting with other players isn’t only something that’s been addressed for console (and PC) gamers. In fact, you can find instances of where a more personalised version is preferred in pretty much any type of gaming. Take Betfair’s poker site, for example, where players are encouraged to talk amongst themselves (via text, not voice) as the cards are dealt. The platform has a more refined chat system that allows you to see the messages that you want, leaving you free from potential foolishness being talked about by others. If you want to simply communicate with the dealer, you can. Want to only chat with the players? That’s an option, too. You can also completely turn off the feature, which can often be warranted in this particular game to allow for better focus and, like with on Xbox LIVE, avoiding any unnecessary insults from immature players.

But what do you, the reader, think about this issue? Is group chat killing the idea of a more open game chat or are we better off not indulging the goofballs out there trying to get a rise out of us all? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!