While they began rolling out two days ago, the new Xbox Clubs and Looking For Group (LFG) features appear to now be available to the majority of Xbox One console owners enrolled in the Xbox Preview program worldwide.
The Clubs feature is essentially virtual groups that can be created and joined by any Xbox Live users. Club members can communicate via voice chat or text messages on both the Xbox One console and the Xbox app.
The new Looking For Group functionality allows gamers to find other players to play with or announce their own availability via the creation of a new virtual bulletin board. Posts on the board can be categorized by game title, gameplay style, how many people they want to play with, personality preference, and in-game requirements such as character level and game progression.
“As gamers ourselves, we know how important the playing environment is to enjoying the games you play,” said Xbox Partner Group program manager, Scott Henson, about the rollout. “We want to give you access to more people to play with as well as choice in how you play. Clubs, LFG, and Arena support our vision for uniting gamers across devices and fostering a welcoming experience on Xbox Live where everyone is included, respected, and supported.”
Other features that are now available to Xbox Preview members (after the latest update is installed) is new emoticons within the Xbox One keyboard and a revamped Gamerscore leaderboard which now resets at the beginning of each month.
All of these features are expected to rollout to the average public Xbox One users within the next few months after they’ve been tested for stability and bugs by Microsoft and the participating Preview members.
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