Now here’s a thing I didn’t realize I wanted: an event calendar on my console. There’s a new(ish) Community Calendar app on the Xbox One that is good and could be great.
Like so many Xbox One things, this is an app you’ll have to download, then load up from the console’s app directory. It was launched to preview members last month and should be rolling out to everyone today at the latest with the rest of the new Xbox dashboard.
Update - 3:00pm: My mistake. It’s still only available for preview members and isn’t rolling out for everyone else today. Sorry about that.
The calendar already looks stuffed, because it is full of notices about livestreams, sweepstakes and more.
(Two other calendar categories on the list but not in the shot above—Sweepstakes and Tournaments)
You can filter this, which will be good in the long-term, though it shows that the calendar needs more upkeep before being essential. For example, if we just set it to show new releases, it only seems to know about one upcoming game. Given the flow of low-profile indies and cool big games already slated for release in the weeks and months ahead, they should be able to list more.
If you filter just for free stuff and sweepstakes, you get this, which has handy reminders about when new Games with Gold “free” games are available—those being the Xbox One and backwards-compatible Xbox 360 games you get if you have a paid Xbox Live subscription:
Xbox One and its rival, the PS4, are loaded with livestreaming apps, and you just know people are streaming potentially interesting things all the time. How can anyone keep up? A calendar like this should make it way easier to keep track of streams from developers and gaming experts you care about. The many livestreaming event listings in the calendar should be handy and, if used well, could make the console experience a little more of an appointment-viewing/playing affair.
You can friend hosts of some events and follow Twitch channels. Those will presumably allow alerts to show up for upcoming events in the console’s activity or message feeds, but I don’t see a way to pin events on the calendar, to, say, get the calendar to highlight or remind me about an upcoming livestream or game release that I care about. That’d be nice, but this is already a good start.
There are always so many games coming out, so many streams happening and so much else going on in gaming that a console calendar seems awfully handy. It’s a good, no-brainer of an idea.
PS4 PS: For those curious about what Sony’s console does, it has an events calendar, which is far lest robust than what Microsoft is now trying to do. But at least they have the foundation for this, too: