Xbox live party can't join game...

Has this happened to anyone else?

I'm in a party with 2 others and our party can't find/join any game. We all have open NATs and all ports are open. We can all get in games quickly by ourselves but as soon as we start a party, we can't get in any. Same issue with just 2 people in a party...

 

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Last updated July 3, 2018 Views 1 Applies to:

I'm not 100% sure, but I've had a theory on this. Feel free to correct me if/where I'm wrong.

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Basically, think of it as a game of logic. If you're by yourself and there are all of these lobbies out there, there's a better chance that you, by yourself, will be able to "fit" inside one, thus throwing you into a lobby/game. MW3 also is a locale-only all-the-time game, so that may have something to do with it?

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Going with what I said before, though, the same applies. If you have 3 or 4, you're basically trying to find a lobby that can support that number of people, or create a new one. This process is also comparing and trying to get you in the closest (locale-only) and "best" lobby possible.

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Smaller countries had problems connecting to any games at all due to the locale-only thing, but I think that has been addressed and resolved by IW; not 100% sure on that, either. :P

Thanks for help TylerW507. I do agree with you but we rarely had this problem with Black Ops or MW2. It won't be as quick if we were by ourselves but we would still get into a game relatively quickly. This seems to only happen with MW3.

As with our locale, yes. I'm in California and they are in Iowa so yes. I can see that being an issue but like I said above, we would still get in matches with the other games...

Ah, I get what you mean.

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What is happening is MW3 is locale-only at all times. This idea came to help fix lag issues, but has had a backlash of connection issues, especially in small countries (where it was disabled). I can't remember with MW2, but in Black Ops the search was Default, where it would just hurry and find a game, Locale where it would first try to find locale and then jump to default if nothing came up, or Locale Only.

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Basically, some of your problems may be due to the Locale Only issue. The more people you have, the longer it will take to find a game (relatively speaking) because there is only so much room in a lobby. I do agree that it was faster in MW2 and Black Ops, but the logic behind MW3 does seem to make sense. It sometimes takes a little longer to find a game, but usually the games are better quality (or so is the theory).