Microsoft Details Xbox One Smart Matchmaking

by Mike Futter on Jul 30, 2013 at 07:37 AM

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 Take
I'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.