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One of the Xbox One's most subtle (yet crucial) features is a revamped matchmaking system called Smart Match. In response to the community requesting more information, Microsoft has detailed three important things to know about the feature.
Smart Match solves a number of problems that are inherent in online games, especially those that have smaller populations and modes that are less popular. The matchmaking system runs in the background, which means that while waiting extended periods for a game to begin, players can busy themselves with anything else on the system (including watch television).
When ready, the system will notify players and bring them right to where they need to be to begin. Friends can even coordinate matches on behalf of other players in the party. Of course, without a good competition pool, multiplayer isn't any fun. The new Smart Match system uses skill, location, and reputation (as we've previously discussed) to put together better matches.
More information is coming tomorrow about just how Smart Match steps up the matchmaking process among players.
[Source: Xbox Wire]
Our TakeI've frequently experienced multiplayer games when I've been thrown up against high-leveled players during my very first match. These aren't unpopular games or niche modes either. There are problems with how matchmaking works right now, and I'm hopeful that Smart Match will be a big step toward creating a more level playing field.
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Sounds good. I can open up YouTube or an arcade game to play while I wait. Halo 5 and Ghosts should hardly have any wait time though. Still, one minute you tubing. Whoohoooo.
Hopefully if looking in groups it creates a overall group skill and it matches groups up with other groups. Nothing is more annoying than playing alone and you play against tryhard clans. Part of the reason I only play with my friends anymore.
That would be great if it works.
That's pretty cool!
Nice feature! Not much into multiplayer myself, but I can list from the few times I do play how horrible some matches can be simply due to being paired with very experienced players. Though, with friends...we actually have fun in matches like that cause we don't take it too seriously, lol
Pretty cool. If it works well, Smart Match seems to be able to solve a few of the typical matchmaking issues. I'm pretty hopeful for this new system.
I think this will help players that may be intimidated by multiplayer a chance as well as ongoing multiplayer gamers more consistent enjoyable experiences. Good stuff microsoft.