Microsoft updates Xbox beta app with Looking for Group, Clubs features

Microsoft updates Xbox beta app with Looking for Group, Clubs features
If you're an Xbox fan and also rock an Android or Windows Phone handset, then you'll be pleased to know Microsoft has just pushed two new important features to the Xbox beta application.

These two new features are also available on Xbox, but only if you're a Preview member. Otherwise, you'll have to wait until Microsoft makes them available for the general public later on.

The first new features that we'll be talking about is Clubs. Basically, Clubs are groups created and managed by gamers, which are meant to help them meet people and grow communities of gamers who love the same things. It's quite neat and easy to use.

Next in line, the Looking for Group (LFG) feature, as the name suggests, allows gamers to find players to help them unlock an Achievement, complete a weekly quest, or build a team.

It's works very simple, as Xbox Looking for Group allows you to post a “want ad” that other players will be able to see and answer, if they wish.

These new features work very well on Xbox consoles, but there are some known issues on mobile devices, so make sure you check them all out before trying the Xbox beta for Android.

We're going to highlight just a few of these issues that Microsoft will have to address in future updates. For example, mobile device will not receive notifications regarding Clubs, but the developers promised these will be coming in a future update. Also, Clubs cannot be deleted on mobile devices (neither on PC).

On the other hand, Looking for Group posts do not show up in user profiles, Clubs, or the friends list. It's also worth mentioning that, for the time being, LFG posts can only be posted to all of Xbox LIVE, visible to everyone on each Game Hub's “Looking for Group” page.

Just like the Clubs feature, on mobile devices users will not receive notifications regarding LFG, but they will be added in a future update.



1. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

They need to add party chat support to the mobile apps. Windows 10 already has it in the desktop version. Microsoft are really bringing the heat with Xbox software updates.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Bringing the heat? I'd say...! Microsoft is REALLY upping its mobile game with both Windows Mobile and Android... Hats off! Just tried Arrow Launcher's latest version and... GREAT LORD... GREAT SCOTT... GREAT AUSSIE... IT WAS THE MUTT'S NUTS...!!! Nothing beats The Microsoft Arrow Launcher for Android...! Damn! Tight integration with Microsoft Services, People's Hub, a Blackberry Hub like notification panel, low battery consumption, EXTREMELY fluid and minimalistic experience, Quick settings toggle from the bottom ala iOS, alphabetically arranged app drawer... I mean, DAMN! I'm feeling so bloody foolish to be sticking with Google Now up until now... ALL THAT FOR ABSOLUTELY FREE...!!! No stinking ads... No in-app purchases! I LOVE IT...! Needless to say, this is my primary launcher from now on... Now, I won't mind a Microsoft Phone running... ANDROID! Specially one with tight encryption! It'd be REALLY interesting to see Microsoft's take on Android...! Minimalist, "Graceful" (As opposed to "childish), fast, efficient and highly productive... A'Day!

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