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Microsoft May Replace Xbox Live Chat With Skype 46

CVG is reporting that Microsoft is working on "consolidating all their communications technology" around Skype, which they acquired in 2011 for $8.5 billion. Citing a source within the company, they say Skype will "become the default chat service on the next generation Xbox console as well as on PC and tablets." This would fit in with Microsoft's recent announcement that it is closing Messenger in March and replacing it with Skype. The article also cites a Microsoft job posting from last August which sought a UI designer for "Skype in the living room," with a focus on the next-gen Xbox system.
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Microsoft May Replace Xbox Live Chat With Skype

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  • Uh oh... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Bobfrankly1 ( 1043848 ) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @06:52PM (#42610213)
    Just what I need. Join an Xbox live party to see everyone's sitting around, naked on their couch like me...*facepalm*
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Slashdot's editors fail again... Post some official news, not some hearsay from a loser with a blog.

  • Ingame chat too? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by im_thatoneguy ( 819432 ) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @08:00PM (#42611103)

    The article was fuzzy on details. Is the source suggesting in-game chat will go through the skype network as well? How does skype work with 36 people in a server? Also I never have echo or other problems with Xbox Live I have terrible problems with Skype. Could easily be because everybody has headsets in Xbox Live.

    • by Sir_Sri ( 199544 )

      How does skype work with 36 people in a serve


      But for

      Also I never have echo or other problems with Xbox Live I have terrible problems with Skype.

      Skype works about as well for multi person chat as it does for two.

  • by Sydin ( 2598829 ) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @08:20PM (#42611279)
    Skype constantly drops calls. The average Xbox Live voice chat user really needs to shut the fuck up. Win win.
    • : D

      Anyway, most here probably know that Skype is a modified peer-to-peer client, leveraging the computers and bandwidth of the installed base to function, rather than requiring a large amount of dedicated hardware: it's the sort of decentralization the web's designers and the earlier dreamers meant to be common, but which isn't, and perhaps the only example of such software that is not only decentralized (thus "eggheadedly" designed)--though it can rely on centralized machines--but in common use among ord
  • by alen ( 225700 ) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @08:38PM (#42611431)

    I Skype with family on my iPhone and iPad and would rather do it on my Xbox

    The larger camera will show everyone and no need to hold anything

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I Skype with family on my iPhone and iPad and would rather do it on my Xbox

      The larger camera will show everyone and no need to hold anything

      Sorry but whaaaat?

      I have a HTPC where I have a skype videocalling possibilities. Little modified 28mm lense and TV of 42". Voice is done either bluetooth dongle (preferred) or via theater sound system with a conference mic with great echo cancelation (actually perfect).

      Still I like to make the call via tablet as I can be personall and show stuff from rear camera when needed. And if wanted, I can place tablet on table or else without holding it. And I am not tied to living room.

  • by slashmydots ( 2189826 ) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @08:57PM (#42611593)
    Skype has video and you know it's only a matter of time before realtime video chat is mainstream on a console. So call your lawyer and start filing your lawsuit now because there's about to be a hurricane, chat roulette style. This time for more minors so I'm sure we can add the US senate into things. They tend to jump on stuff like that.
    • And all the lawsuits are dismissed when the judge finds out the filers never turned on the Parental Controls.
  • I personally believe that Skype has a better fit as a Microsoft-owned entity than it did as an eBay-owned entity. eBay had no [profitable] means to integrate it into their current business (e-commerce and online payments), and no experience in managing an instant messaging application. Microsoft, on the other hand, would be able to integrate Skype into their current business, and already has years of experience in managing an instant messaging application, due to their Messenger service.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      eBay bought Skype for 2.5 billion and sold it for 8.5 to MS. Do I need to explain to you why it was a good move for eBay to buy (and sell) skype?

  • Well, I personally am looking forward to this. I hope it comes out for the 360. I currently have one with Kinect sitting completely unused. However, if it worked with Skype I could contact my brother and his kid on a much larger screen. (Clearly he doesn't have an XBOX)

    • by Belial6 ( 794905 )
      Unfortunately, it will likely require an Xbox Gold account, so you will have to start paying the monthly fees just like you do to use Netflix on an Xbox.
      • Thats crap, they want you to pay gold for everything. You know you can't even watch youtube videos without paying the gold fee. What is up with that?

  • Can't wait (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @11:39PM (#42612961)

    till an incoming Skype call knocks my wife off Netflix in the living room AND knocks me off whatever shitty games for windows live port I'm playing in the office simultaneously.

  • How about making up random bullshit narratives, we look at what information we have in front of us. They are closing down messenger and wanting people to move to skype. The Xbox currently has messenger integration. Ergo, that is going away and getting replaced with Skype, just like we already know it is on PC. I see nothing here that indicates anything at all is happening with party chat, the current messaging, or anything at all besides removing messenger integration and adding Skype integration.

    I mean
  • by EXTomar ( 78739 )

    The quality of both XBox Live and Skype are both atrocious compared to hosted solutions. I've given up long ago on both where instead I'm using my own "solutions". I'm not sure the value is in doing this migration beyond the cross platform capability.

  • It's abysmal. The sound quality is mediocre at best, and you better hope whomever hosts the call (if you do a group voice chat, the host becomes the "node" everyone else in the group goes through) has good upload bandwidth. If not, the entire thing sounds like shit.

    I can see it now, how miserable it would work on XBox Live, with 30+ users and the "host" has a 768kb DSL upload rate.

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