The Xbox beta app, available on Windows 10 devices, has been updated with 2 highly-anticipated features – Clubs and Looking For Group. These 2 new features add to the growing array of social-enabled features of Microsoft’s gaming platform.
The new features were announced by Microsoft’s Larry Hryb on Twitter:
Xbox Live Clubs & LFG features are now available to everyone via the Beta of the Xbox app on Windows 10 and Android
— / Larry Hryb / + 1m (@majornelson) September 17, 2016
Possibly the biggest feature, Clubs, enables gamers to join a group of others who follow similar interests in the gaming world. It is essentially a group of people that one can join to play with in online multiplayer games. Clubs assist in communicating with a larger group of people and for arranging large online sessions, with features such as:
- Create parties
- Play multiplayer
- Share content
Looking For Group, acronymised to LFG, assists in finding people to play with online when current friends aren’t available. It is all about growing the friendship circle created in Xbox’s social environment. Think of it like a classified ad, a player can post an ad saying that they want to play with others looking to achieve the same goal in a certain game. Players can then see this and accept or decline to join other people who are attempting to achieve the same goal.
The update is available in the Windows Store for Windows 10 devices. For iOS and Android, there is no information on when this update will become available as yet.