When not playing online with your actual friends on Xbox Live, it’s easy to feel like you’re gaming with total strangers because, well, you are.

A new app for the Xbox One wants to change that. Engadget writes that Overdog has just rolled out to members of the Xbox Preview Programme, and it does its level best to pair you with other gamers who share your interests, giving you something in common with whoever you’re multiplaying with apart from an intense hatred of campers and interest in certain games.

Overdog asks that you fill out a profile based on your interests in everything from movies to TV shows to sports (and games, of course); it then uses that information to pair you up with gamers whose likes match or resemble your own. You can choose to add them to your Friends list, invite them to whatever game you’re playing or join them in their game should one be ongoing.

The theory appears to be that this way, you’ll be able to strike up a friendly conversation with the people you’re fragging based on your common interests, and stand a better chance of making friends online as you play.

While Preview Programme members have access now, Overdog will roll out to all other Xbox Live members in two weeks or so.

Interestingly, the official Overdog website teases that the app is also “Coming to other platforms”, meaning they could be eyeing the PlayStation and PC as future targets.

On the “con” side, it also means that should you take Overdog up on their offer, teabagging the players you find could be less satisfying as they will potentially not be the deserving douchebags of multiplayer days of yore.

Are you interested in such a service, or are you happy playing with strangers?

[Source – Engadget, Image – Overdog]
Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.