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Facebook meets Xbox Live

Gizmodo, among other selected bloggers, was given a sneak peek at the Facebook integration on Xbox Live coming this Fall update. Here’s what they shared with us about their hands-on experience:

Facebook on Xbox Live

Facebook uses the standard Xbox tile UI instead of rolling its interface, like Twitter did. Which is disorienting (and disappointing), since you’re browsing through a stream horizontally, one choppily-animated tile at a time. Why is the tile-sliding animation so terrible on a monster console like the Xbox 360? We don’t know. Like Twitter, it’s basic—focused on Newsfeeds. Your groups are ported over, so you can browse their newsfeeds individually, but you literally have to browse one post at a time, which is agonizing, making you far less inclined to comment on updates.

The interface works much better, and feels way more natural, with photo albums. What’s interesting is that, at least in the preview, your friends have to link their Xbox Live and Facebook accounts together themselves in order to show up in the “Xbox Live Friends on Facebook” (and vice versa) pages—you can’t manually go in and link Jason Chen’s accounts so you’ll see them together in your app. That might change though, with the final rollout.

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Facebook meets Xbox Live Posted by on October 19, 2009 at 11:06 PM. Use this trackback if you're linking this story.

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