Microsoft to soon launch reputation system for Xbox One to pair similar players

26 Mar 2014

How the reputation bars will appear in-game

Microsoft is attempting to weed out the trolls of online gaming by categorising players by their scored reputation and pairing them up with similar-style players.

In its official announcement on Xbox Wire, the company have gone into further details about the reputation system before its worldwide release in the coming months.

In the shape of a crescent, the reputation bar will show exactly what type of player you’re likely to come up against in an online game and whether they will be some good competition, or online trolls with no intentions of sportsmanship.

As part of the new system, there will be three different reputations including the green-coloured ‘good players’ indicator, the orange ‘needs work’ indicator and the ‘avoid me’ red indicator for the worst offenders.

For the latter and there many, many representatives in online gaming, Xbox promises there will be consequences for their behaviour. “If players do not heed warnings and continue to have a negative impact on other players and the Xbox Live community, they will begin to experience penalties. For example, people with an ‘Avoid Me’ rating will have reduced matchmaking pairings and may be unable to use certain privileges, such as Twitch broadcasting.”

Good players on the other hand will be rewarded with as-yet unknown incentives, while the ‘needs work’ players will be sent warning messages of their slipping behaviour towards other people in the community.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic