A new post on Xbox Wire from Mike Lavin, Xbox Live senior product marketing manager, provides a brief explanation about how Xbox One’s matchmaking system—Smart Match—operates.
Smart Match pairs players based on”reputation, skill, language, age, and even your specific gameplay style.” Language, in this instance, referring to your native tongue (not whether you spew obscenities and racist/misogynistic slurs—though it’d be great if it could sort those who do from those who don’t).
According to Lavin, while Smart Match is considerably speedier than matchmaking on Xbox 360, one of the perks to operating on the Xbox One is the ability for players to multitask using the Xbox One Snap feature while Xbox Live conducts its matchmaking. Lavin says Xbox One owners can even kill time playing another game while they wait for Smart Match to find the “perfect game” for them. Once it does, the system sends players a prompt that allows them to easily jump into a multiplayer match (although, this begs the question: what happens to the game they were playing while waiting?
Lavin promises more information—specifically regarding how reputation plays into the Xbox One’s matchmaking—tomorrow.