Microsoft has improved the Xbox Live experience for the upcoming Xbox One console, enhancing the friends feature and adding a follow function for new ways to consume content on Xbox Live.
Unlike the static friends list from the Xbox 360 offering, the Xbox One's friends list updates in real time as your friends change games or add videos. The biggest new feature is that you can follow other players' activity streams without adding them as friends first — similar to following someone on Twitter, Xbox Live's Director of Programming Larry Hryb announced Monday in a video and blog post.
Following someone lets you view her game and app activity, achievements and any uploaded videos. If you follow each other, the game considers you friends. You can also opt out of letting new users follow you.
Add friends to a favorites list, which will show up under a separate tab — the activity on your favorites list will rise to the top. Hryb said this is a great feature "if you have a core group of friends you play with all the time."
You can also snap their activity feed to the right side of the screen to follow friends' activity while playing a game or watching TV — and then join your friends in-game.
Microsoft previously said players' Xbox Live accounts from Xbox 360 will carry over to the Xbox One, which will arrive Nov. 22 in North America.