Xbox Live is arguably the most popular online gaming platform, and for me personally, it is the one where I do almost all of my online gaming. Since Xbox Live is such a social gaming platform, it isn’t just about getting on and playing games. Sending messages and seeing what your friends are up to is just as integral a part of Xbox Live as actually playing the games.
With the Xbox Live Dashboard extension for Google Chrome, it is easy to keep track of all your friends right from your web browser. The extension is always on as long as you have your browser open, so you will never be disconnected from all of your Xbox Live friends. You can check what games they are playing and quickly and easily send them messages. If you love stalking your friends when you’re not on your Xbox, then this is the perfect extension for you.
Setting up the app is simple. You first need to go to the Google Chrome Web Store and download the extension. Simply go here, click “Add to Chrome” and the extension will install to your browser.
Once you finish installing the application, you have to enable it to work with your Xbox Live account. When the app is first installed the icon will appear on the top right of your screen with a question mark indicating that you have not set up your account.
Click on the Xbox Live icon, and the extension will automatically send you to the Windows Live log in screen. Sign with the email address and password associated with your Xbox Live account and the application will automatically update.
Using The Extension
Once you have associated the extension with your Xbox Live account, the icon near the extension will change from a question mark to a green number. The number indicates how many of your friends are now online.
When you now click on the extension, instead of going to the Xbox Live website, the app shows a little dropdown box with all your friends, and what the ones online are doing.
To the right of each of your friends names is a little envelope. If you click that you be able to send them a message. This is done right through the extension so there is no need to launch the Xbox Live website.
When you have a new message, the icon will change from green, which is the number of friends online, to orange. Once you read the message it will change back to the green icon and let you know how many friends are online again.
Another option in the application is the ability to check out your friends full profiles. However, for this you do need to go to the Live website. Simply click on a friend’s name in your friends list and the extension will automatically open up a new tab and bring you their profile on Xbox.com so you can view all of their achievements, avatars, and everything else on their gamer profile.
You can also click on the options in the app and adjust whether or not the app plays sounds and shows notifications when you receive a new message or when a friend signs on or off Xbox Live.
If you are a hardcore Xbox Live gamer, and your time at home with your Xbox just isn’t enough for you, this is an extension you will definitely enjoy. It comes in handy for keeping track of what your friends are doing when you are away, and it’s also a handy way to let them know where you are and when you will be online to play some more.
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What are your favorite gaming extensions for your browser? Are you addicted to Xbox Live and do you need something like this to keep constant tabs on your friends gaming habits? Let us know in the comments!