The death of the original Xbox LIVE has definitely brought heartache to gamers, mainly Halo 2 players, but could there be a light at the end of the tunnel? Microsoft product director, Aaron Greenberg says “yes”.
In an interview with Xbox World 360 Greenberg had this to say:
“A lot of our partners talked to us about cutting off Xbox Live support, you know, a long time ago, and it was really something that we didn’t take lightly. We’re at that point now where that community has largely transitioned off and onto the Xbox 360, and now, by discontinuing that support, we’re able to add more features without necessarily having to support things like that firends[sic] list integration where you could see your friends on Xbox1 or Xbox 360.
Having that new flexibility will allow us to bring more features to the Xbox Live Community on Xbox 360.We have heard from folks that they want to be able to extend the Friends List. It’s something we are looking at. We haven’t announced anything but it is definitely something that we’re aware of.”
Extended friends lists would be nice, because I’ve definitely been in the position on just friending people who I’ve played with online for a while. Problem is, that list just changes and grows every time I jump online, so having a solution to that would be very stupendous. You can’t entirely fault Microsoft for killing original Xbox LIVE, I don’t believe there was much demand for it other than for Halo 2 purposes, which, granted, is still a relatively big demand.
So now with the servers given a bit more breathing room, the features that Greenberg’s talking about will likely be coming soon. I’m just hoping they’ll be actually worthwhile to use and not just one more thing I have to read in my dashboard menu.