Facebook On Xbox 360 – Impressions From A Live Demo

At Microsoft’s Open House event in New York City, the Xbox team was showing off all of the features of the next Xbox 360 Dashboard Update. The most anticipated addition is the ability to access Facebook from your 360. So what exactly will you be able to do from the comfort of your couch? We took a look:

Friends List
Probably the most useful aspect of Facebook on the 360 is being able to browse your list of Facebook friends to see which of them are on Xbox Live. It’s as simple as scrolling down the list of names, and the ones with GamerTags will have an Xbox icon next to them. With a tap of a button you can then invite that person to be your friend on Xbox Live. The Xbox rep demonstrating the system wouldn’t confirm whether the much-debating Xbox Live friend limit would be increased for this update, given the likelihood that you’ll be making many more connections through Facebook that you could before.

News Feeds
You’re able to browse through the Facebook News Feeds of friends, but currently it appears that only status updates will be shown (since links and videos won’t be viewable on the 360). You can then comment or “like” a status update. Given the wide proliferation of Facebook on mobile devices, this seems like something better left to another platform, as commenting on anything using a 360 controller (or even the Touch Pad) is not exactly convenient.

The demonstration of the profile page was pretty limited, but we were able to pull up photo albums, which was kinda cool. All other relevant profile data should be in there, along with the latest status update, but, again, multimedia and Facebook app content won’t be appearing here.

Final Impressions

Despite all the excitement over Facebook on the 360, viewing photos on your TV and finding real life friends that have Xbox Live gamer tags seem to be the only two draws…at least for me. Everything else on there can be handled much better on a computer or mobile phone.