Mother of God the Xbox One’s party system is awful

by Ben Salter 9 Comments 0 Likes 2,313 Views 17/02/2014 Back to Xbox One articles Xbox One

Sweet fancy Moses, how did I fail to realise the Xbox One’s online system, which costs about $70 per year, is in complete disarray?

I’ve played Ghosts and Forza 5 online, but it wasn’t until last Thursday night with the Titanfall beta that I tried to join a party with other giddy-eyed previewers only to have it all go horribly wrong.

And that was before the beta was opened to every man and his dog. How badly is it struggling to group friends together now?

It was manageable with just me and one other; although I jumped straight into his game and had issues getting party chat to work, which is off by default, but no matter — I don’t really need to use Kinect or a $3 in-the-box headset to chat online.

Disaster struck when we tried to team up for a party, and team, of six people. The Xbox One continuously kicked people out of the party, which proceeded to kick them out of the game. We also had people in the party somehow moved to another game, and games crashing when someone tried to join while we were playing, both of which could suggest this horribly undercooked system isn’t compatible with Respawn’s shooter.

It probably isn’t. There’s a mandatory “get ready” update before Titanfall is released next month for a reason, and EA had its own problems with server issues during the peak weekend period. As it stands, the Xbox One isn’t a complete multiplayer-ready console. I found it easier teaming up with friends in Mario Kart DS, messing around with Friend Codes included.

Obviously, the Xbox One is online. It works, technically, once in a game, and I hadn’t experienced these issues when I was happily murdering screechy-voiced Americans in Call of Duty. But for whatever reason, the party system wasn’t finished prior to launch.

Or perhaps it was and Microsoft decided it best to undo seven years worth of progress until Respawn yelled at them and demand it be fixed; after all, until the weekend, it was the strategy for storage management, the battery indicator and USB keyboards; all basic elements the Xbox One didn’t bother with.

The good news is all of this should be fixed when Titanfall launches for real next month, along with improvements to the controller to make the analogue sticks more precise. The concerning news is, like storage and power information, Microsoft is only addressing the crippling party issues at the 11th hour and after the players, and in this case the developer, have complained.

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Mother of God the Xbox One’s party system is awful Comments

  • Carl968 741 XP 17/02/2014
    I must agree , I don't understand why Microsoft had to tamper with the Party system It was good to begin with on 360 and easy , Xbox one sometimes frustrates me but the test will come when my mates purchase the Xbox one at the end of month , I already had to warn one of them that the party system is patchy and whats the go with not been able to send voice messages [Rage]
  • ThrashLord 755 XP 17/02/2014
    Its very simple answer. The system was not ready and is still not ready.
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  • M@ndyz 242137 XP 17/02/2014
    I thought it was alright when I played dead rising 3 with mikey
  • Carl968 741 XP 17/02/2014
    I miss pressing the Xbox button and able to join mates games or send a quick message while the game loads
  • Luke1993 1530 XP 17/02/2014

    @ThrashLord said: Its very simple answer. The system was not ready and is still not ready.


    But it is though? It works and runs fine. Not sure what makes it not ready.
  • Luke1993 1530 XP 17/02/2014

    @ThrashLord said: Its very simple answer. The system was not ready and is still not ready.


    But it is though? It works and runs fine. Not sure what makes it not ready.
  • Bank904 2 XP 17/02/2014 +1
    I was surprised that the PS4 is better at party chat (and online in general) than the xbox this time around. It's amazing that this is even an area where Microsoft failed to be forward thinking this time around.
  • Tano 334294 XP 18/02/2014
    It works, but barely.
  • Lo33 5069 XP 21/02/2014
    havent tried party chat yet but it was awesome on the 360
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