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Xbox One’s new Xbox Live features detailed – it’s powered by 300,000 servers

You’ll be pleased to hear that Xbox 360 Live Gold accounts will be carried over “seamlessly” onto Xbox One and the new generation of Xbox Live – which is said to be powered by 300,000 dedicated servers. That’s more than what the entire internet was running on in 1999.

“Xbox One is built to amplify an all-new generation of Xbox Live that is more powerful, more personal and more intelligent,” says the Microsoft press release. “Unleashing the virtually unlimited power of Xbox Live makes everything more convenient and accessible, from allowing games to be installed in segments so that gameplay can start quickly, to updates downloading in the background.

“Save and store your personalised profile, games and entertainment in the cloud to access them anytime, from any Xbox One console. In addition, existing Xbox Live Gold Membership for Xbox 360 will seamlessly carry over to Xbox One. Xbox Live takes you deeper into the games you love with all-new features.”

A few of Live’s new features – taken from the press release – are detailed below:

- Smart Match. A new Smart Match matchmaking system virtually eliminates waiting in lobbies by estimating wait times and finding people you want to play with while you are enjoying other activities – reputation fundamentally matters and helps find best matches.

- Game DVR. A dedicated Game DVR captures and accesses your magic moments, all saved to the cloud. Along with sharing tools, you will have the most amazing bragging rights with Xbox Live.

- Living Games. Dynamic, living worlds evolve and improve the more you play, and advanced artificial intelligence can learn to play like you, so friends can play against your shadow.

- Expanded achievements. A new and expanded achievements system captures video of your epic moments, continues to grow a game’s achievements over time and rewards you in new ways, and your Gamerscore carries over from Xbox 360.

- Xbox SmartGlass. Xbox SmartGlass is natively part of the Xbox One platform, built in from the beginning with the ability to quickly render content directly onto your device, and now more devices can connect at one time for multiplayer and shared entertainment.

These points got a little lost in the reveal itself, I think – but they’re definitely noteworthy. Log and I were hoping for gaming capture, so that’s one wish to cross off the list. For more on the new Xbox, read our definitive guide to Xbox One.

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