Xbox Head Phil Spencer Would Like A Cross-Platform Ban Program

Xbox’s big boss Phil Spence revealed that Microsoft would like rid online gam­ing of some bad actors by cre­at­ing a mul­ti-net­work pro­gram where­by bans that apply to Xbox might also car­ry over to net­works from oth­er companies.

Spencer spoke to The New York Times, acknowl­edg­ing that this would be a “hard one” to achieve, but it’s till some­thing he wish­es to see one day.

Some­thing I would love us to be able to do–this is a hard one as an industry–is when some­body gets banned in one of our net­works, is there a way for us to ban them across oth­er net­works?” he said.

Spencer also said he would be will­ing to have a sin­gle sys­tem that allows play­ers to bring their “banned user list” with them to oth­er plat­forms. “And I’d love to be able to bring them to oth­er net­works where I play. So this is the group of peo­ple that I choose not to play with. Because I don’t want to have to recre­ate that in every plat­form that I play video games on,” he said.

Dur­ing the inter­view, Spencer spoke how Microsoft uses AI on Xbox to mon­i­tor the sen­ti­ment of a con­ver­sa­tion” to detect “when a con­ver­sa­tion is get­ting to a destruc­tive point.” The Report A User but­ton is also avail­able in the Xbox UI.

This does­n’t seem so far fetched, as it was not that long ago that play between Xbox and PlaySta­tion users would be unlike­ly. Yet here we are. Although, as Spencer point­ed out, it would be far more dif­fi­cult to get a sys­tem-lev­el cross-plat­form ban sys­tem going between companies. 

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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