Xbox One Sales Aren’t As Important To Microsoft Now

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Xbox Live architect Eric Neustadter has left Microsoft.

Last month, Microsoft released a public beta version of its Xbox app for Windows 10 so that gamers could provide feedback on new features before they’re released to the general public. We’re just a few days from the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, but one of the people responsible for ensuring that blockbuster will have a robust network for online multiplayer has left Microsoft. Eric Neustadter, also known as “e” on Xbox Live and the director of that network’s architecture, revealed on Twitter that today was his last day with the company. Highlights include a new Facebook friend finder feature that looks through your Facebook friends for any with Xbox Live accounts and lets you add them as Xbox Live friends.

While with Microsoft, Neustadter helped guide the creation and development of Xbox Live as a premiere online gaming service, and he helped grow it to more than 39 million monthly active gamers. But even if you want to start primarily single-player games like the new Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which only just launched today, you’re probably not able to do so because those games require a connection to online servers. “Hey Xbox members, are you having issues signing in to Xbox Live? And now, Xbox Live is widely considered the industry standard for multiplayer and social services in the game space, and Sony has since cloned many of its features for the modern incarnation of PlayStation Network. With this new version of the beta app, you can now record yourself narrating your game clips as you play, saving you the hassle of having to go back in a video editing app and dub in your narration. We’ll post another update when more information becomes available.” As always, it’s important to remember that these situations do not affect every gamer equally.

Microsoft made a handful of additional improvements to the app as well, such as an overhauled Xbox store that features both Xbox and Windows 10 games. Anyone running Windows 10 can try out the new Xbox beta app for free and provide feedback to Microsoft: Simply head on over to the Microsoft Store to download the latest version.

Neustadter claims that his “e” was the first gamertag ever created for the platform, and he was a regular co-host on the Major Nelson Radio podcast. Microsoft Corporation is a public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through … read more » If you check the responses to his announcement tweet, you can see dozens of people from in and outside of the industry expressing their disbelief — and that only happens when your persona is inextricably linked to something you created.

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