If there’s one part of gaming that I hate, it’s waiting. Hell, I get edgy just waiting for a cut-scene to finish. Dammit, I need action now! And when it comes to online gaming, lobbies are the limbo of that painful waiting experience. The Xbox One has a way of dealing with that horrible wait though. And it actually sounds kind of cool.
Over on the Xbox Wire, the new Smart Match mode was detailed. Smart Match basically starts the matchmaking process for you, leaving you to do whatever else on the console instead of sitting around and twiddling your thumbs. Check it:
Smart Match Frees Up Your Time
With Smart Match, you can do whatever you want while Xbox One finds your perfect match. This means that less popular multiplayer modes and maps that have traditionally taken a long time to find players suddenly become playable. Because Snap mode is a core feature of Xbox One that lets you do two things at once, you no longer have to wait in lobbies while Xbox Live is matchmaking for you. One friend can even set up matches for your whole party.
While Xbox Live is matchmaking, you’re untethered and free to do what you want, like watch TV or check out your favorite website or apps while waiting for your next game. If you’re playing digital games, you can even play one game while Smart Match prepares a second. This freedom to break out of waiting in lobbies and do whatever you want is what separates Xbox One from systems that don’t have a way to instantly switch between tasks.
And from there, it actually gets better:
Smart Match Lets You Know When Your Game is Ready
After you or a party member inputs the criteria for your perfect game, do something more fun than waiting; it’s up to you. Play another game, find some new downloadable content, or jump on Reddit. Take yourself as many touch points away from the matchmaking process as you can and you still don’t need to worry about finding your way back. Once Xbox One is done finding your perfect match, it will prompt you with a simple toast—no matter where you are or what you’re doing—so you can jump straight into playing.
That’s a great idea I reckon, and indicative of the multi-tasking nature that gaming consoles are headed towards. And being matched with gamers my age and if possible, low enough skill level, instead of foul mouthed Scottish tweens who insist that everyone use a sniper rifle in Call of Duty? That sounds pretty cool to me.
Last Updated: July 31, 2013