Social media's influence on Xbox One's social features has never been so apparent as Xbox Live's Major Nelson introduces us to the console's "Friends App" in his latest walkthrough video. Step by step we see how friend lists on Xbox One work more and more like Twitter, rather than a simple friends list, and likely for the better. For instance, it leads to new features like activity feeds and followers. Not that the GUI looks great while doing it.
Basically, depending on a user's privacy settings, you can "follow" any other user on Xbox Live. This means you'll see their activity in the all new Xbox One activity feed. Major Nelson says this can help users keep track of pro gamers, people in the media, or content creators like "Let's Play"ers. If the person follows you back, you're friends!
Other fun and interesting features include being able to add favorite friends so certain other players are readily available to be invited to games or messaged. Say you have a small group of friends you play Call of Duty with every night, if you add them to your favorites list you won't have to search your full friends list to invite them to games.
My issue is that, much like the problems I have with the current Xbox 360 UI, the Xbox One's slides interface is so disorganized and unintuitive. Slides seem randomly taped together and there's no legend to help guide users to the information they want, when they want it. Sure, sliding from one side of the UI to the other probably goes pretty quick, but I'd like a little more feedback on the stuff I'm looking at.
Still, Xbox One seems like they're going in some interesting directions with their social features. Now we just need to see how all of this works with Skype and voice chat and then in-game too! Remember, the console launches November 22!