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Gamasutra spoke with Aaron Greenberg, Group Product Manager for Xbox Live and the Xbox 360 and managed to secure some details on the Windows Live Messenger/Xbox 360 integration:
Gamasutra: Will there be any sort of charge for the ability to use the chat service? What about cross-platform use?
Greenberg: There is no charge to use instant messenger on the Xbox 360. Both Gold and Silver level members will have full access to the service, free of charge [...]
Gamasutra: So how will multi-platform Live messaging actually work?
Greenberg: Chatting with friends across different platforms is simple and seamless. Just like on your PC today, your friends list will tell you if a person is on a computer or mobile device, and once this service launches it will tell you if your friend is on their Xbox 360.
Chatting with IM on your Xbox 360 will support the ability to have 6 different conversations at one time as well as do group chats with 3 different people in one conversation. So ideally you could be on your console and a friend could be at work on their PC and your girlfriend or wife could be on their cell phone all in the same conversation.
You can either use the guide to manage your chats or take advantage of the chat box overlay that you can have up while you are playing a game, watching a movie or TV show.
Gamasutra: What can you tell us about the add-on peripheral mini-keyboard controller? It looks interesting, but also looks like added weight could be a concern.
Greenberg: It is actually very light and fits perfectly with the controller. I was playing around with it today and you can hardly notice that it is there. It is designed in a way to still have a comfortable feel so that your gameplay should not be affected. Of course, being able to quickly snap it on and off, similar to the headset, allows our consumers flexibility if they donít want it always connected to their controller.
Gamasutra: Are you worried about Messenger spam? It seems like that would be particularly annoying if it popped up while watching a movie, for instance.
Greenberg: We are not worried about Messenger spam. Privacy settings on the Xbox 360 allow you to choose if you want to receive messages from all gamers, friends or nobody. You can also appear away or offline to people on your friends list so that they wonít send you messages when you donít want to be disturbed.
We have also built in the flexibility to, for example, appear online to your gaming friends but offline to your IM friends. We want to ensure that our consumers only receive messages when they want them.
Gamasutra: Finally, will the service include filters for Messenger versus Xbox Live people?
Greenberg: Your Messenger friends list will be separate from your Xbox Live friends list, so you will be able to easily search through either list. The IM friends list has a different icon instead of their gamer picture next to their name.
>> Read the complete Q&A http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/new...hp?story=13477
On a related note, Kotaku asked John Rodman, Senior Product Manager for Xbox Live and Xbox 360, if this was a step toward the Live Anywhere feature first announced last year. "I can't speak to the progress of the overall program, but I can say this is one of the building blocks come to life," he said confirming it's "not just about IM".
Source = mess.be