After the Microsoft E3 2011 press conference, it was revealed that a new feature was coming to Xbox Live. This feature would be called Beacons, and it would enable you to connect with your friends on Xbox Live and Facebook in an easier fashion. Once a Beacon is set, it apparently tells XBL and FAcebook that you want to play a game. Subsequently “Xbox LIVE lets you know when friends are playing or want to play the same game. With Beacons, no matter what you’re currently doing on Xbox LIVE your friends know that it’s ok to ask you to play your Beaconed games. It’s about making it easier for you to share and discover games and multiplayer opportunities with friends on Xbox LIVE.”
So, hooray for more annoying achievement sound pop-ups that don’t signal new achievements?