Those who tend to dwell in toxic behaviors online, such as “trolling” or just making everyone’s online gaming experience troublesome, may want to think twice about their online behavior if thinking about purchasing Microsoft’s next-generation console, the Xbox One.
The Xbox One is set to bid adieu to the current reputation system in place on the Xbox 360 – which currently rates people out of a five star rating – with a more comprehensive system that not only tracks players’ online behavior over time, but will also group players together depending on their reputation.
Speaking with OXM, Microsoft’s senior product manager Mike Lavin, shed some details of the upcoming reputation system overhaul and gave some insight on some of the ramifications that toxic players can expect on the Xbox One. He revealed, “what we’re looking at doing is creating a very robust system around reputation and match-making, if people are in your friends list, we’re not touching that, we’re just making it easier for you to come together. It’s really the anonymous side of things where we’re making these investments.”
Lavin also goes on to say, “ultimately if there’s a few percent of our population that are causing the rest of the population to have a miserable time, we should be able to identify those folks.”
Thankfully it won’t be easy to get accused of toxic behavior as Lavin states, “The system will be proof against exploitation. Let’s just be clear, there is no way at all that a conglomerate of people can conspire to sink your Reputation on the system. The way that it’s built fundamentally stops that. It’s very much over a period of time.”
Essentially, players who are constantly blocked and are subjected to enforcement actions due to sending rather vulgar material on Xbox Live, such as lewd photos or messages to unwanting eyes, will be subjected to a reduced reputation score, leading them to be grouped with people who share similar behavior.
Although this new reputation system will tackle bad online behavior over Xbox Live, those who tend to play multiplayer games with their buddies may want to rethink who they play with. The new reputation system also affects online matchmaking, meaning a party will be matched up with groups of players similar to those who have the same reputation level of the person who carries the lowest reputation score. So, be weary.
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