Today's answers from the IGN Ask Microsoft Anything

#1Decimator11Posted 8/19/2013 1:13:38 PM(edited)
Can developers still lock Party Chat in multiplayer games?

MARC WHITTEN, CHIEF XBOX ONE PLATFORM ARCHITECT: Game developers don’t have control over the party chat channel. However, they do know if a player is specifically in a party chat channel versus game chat.


With the upgraded audio codec for chat, is 8 people still the maximum for Party Chat?

WHITTEN: We are looking at higher limits on party size. It will be at least 8 people chatting at a time. We may either increase the number of people that can be chatting at once or potentially allow more people in the party channel if only a smaller number is chatting. Stay tuned!


Do I need to download demos, or can I stream them?

WHITTEN: Just like regular games, Xbox One allows you to start playing while the game continues to download.


Now that XBLA is not its own thing and games are simply games no matter how they're distributed, will digitally downloaded games release on Tuesdays, where XBLA titles hit on Wednesdays?

WHITTEN: Games are games are games! You’ll see digital content flowing into the system constantly. We will continue to run different programs – like Summer of Arcade on Xbox 360 for instance – as well.


Will we be able to have longer gamertag names?

WHITTEN: No, we are staying with our current naming scheme for Xbox LIVE gamertags.


Last week you answered how long the included HDMI cable is, but how long is the Kinect's cable?

WHITTEN: The Kinect cable is 3 meters long.


http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/08/05/ask-microsoft-anything-about-xbox-one
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#2TrickyPonyPosted 8/19/2013 1:16:43 PM
so ut of curiosity how long is the included HDMI cable?
#3BudWisenheimerPosted 8/19/2013 1:18:19 PM
Ooh I like this bit being confirmed (fast is good):

"Do I need to download demos, or can I stream them?

WHITTEN: Just like regular games, Xbox One allows you to start playing while the game continues to download."
#4Decimator11(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2013 1:19:01 PM
2 meters or 6.5 feet.
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#5Orange_ApplesPosted 8/19/2013 1:19:31 PM
TrickyPony posted...
so ut of curiosity how long is the included HDMI cable?


Most things come with a 5ft cable, so I'm guessing it is around that long.
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#6True_FoeHammerPosted 8/19/2013 1:30:41 PM
IGN: Asking the hard-hitting questions since never.

AMA my ass. More like AMA*.
#7ItIsOkBroPosted 8/19/2013 1:32:47 PM
AMAIPAF: Ask me anything I have positive answers for
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#8gobuffalo30Posted 8/19/2013 1:47:11 PM
Yeah they're sure asking everything and anything.
#9SunDevil77Posted 8/19/2013 1:51:55 PM
ItIsOkBro posted...
AMAIPAF: Ask me anything I have positive answers for


Just curious, what would you ask them? Things that can be answered, because they can't answer things like a Kinect-less SKU.
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#10ItIsOkBroPosted 8/19/2013 2:05:29 PM
SunDevil77 posted...
ItIsOkBro posted...
AMAIPAF: Ask me anything I have positive answers for


Just curious, what would you ask them? Things that can be answered, because they can't answer things like a Kinect-less SKU.


Q1: Why is almost everything paywalled?
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