In a post on his Major Nelson blog, Microsoft’s Larry Hryb and Xbox One Party System developer Steve Dolan explain how the feature works on the new console.
One way to party up is for players to view their Xbox Live friends list and join them, if it isn’t set to invite only. Similarly, so long as there’s space available, players can pop into online matches they find that seem ideal. If Smart Match thinks their skill level and playstyle is similar enough, it will offer them a slot automatically. Players can also choose to wait in queue if the match is full and is the Xbox One’s multitasking ability to occupy themselves in the meanwhile.
This is taken a step further with Party Scout, which uses Smart Match to find the best online game for friends in a Party group, operating in the background while the matchmaking runs and players use other apps or play other games.
Managing online groups is done through Snap by pulling up the Party app. From there players can choose to mute everyone, mute their own mic, turn off party chat, invite other players, or leave the party.
The Xbox One arrives in North America and Europe tomorrow, November 22.