Xbox One: ‘Smart Match’ Matchmaking System Explained By Microsoft

Microsoft’s matchmaking system on the Xbox 360 wasn’t without its share of problems, but it got the job done fairly well – but the company is aiming to make the system even better with Xbox One’s “Smart Match” system.

In a post over on the Xbox website, Microsoft went into detail on the Xbox One’s Smart Match system, explaining that rather than simply pairing players up based on skill level, the new system takes into account several other factors.

“Smart Match on Xbox One is completely reengineered for a new generation of gaming – using advanced algorithms to pair players based on skill, language, and now reputation,” Microsoft explained, adding that Smart Match is “smarter, faster and optimized to help you play with exactly the people you want, when you want.”

A big part of the Xbox One’s Smart Match system is the ability for games to share player data with Xbox Live, and vice versa, which the firm claims will allow the system to evolve to better match you with gamers of similar play styles.

Another new feature, and perhaps one of the best, is the ability to filter matchmaking not only based on play style and skill levels, but also language, age, and reputation.

That’s not all, of course; Microsoft was keen on touting the Xbox One’s ability to multi-task, and Smart Match will take full advantage of the console’s capabilities. Rather than sitting around while you wait your match, you can switch to TV broadcasts, use another app, and so on.

Once a match is found for you, an on-screen prompt will show up letting you know that your match is ready.

Microsoft has already touched on a few of these features before, but the company says that more details on Xbox One’s features – including the aforementioned “reputation” system – are coming up soon. The firm will also have a strong presence at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany next month as well.