Facebook Chat Now Shows Controller Icon When In-game?

Status icons in Facebook chat are a handy way for your friends to know a few basic things you’re doing at any given point. Currently, Facebook shows simple green dots for people online and actively using said service and a little mobile phone when they’re signed in on their mobile devices. So we’d naturally assume this new(?) controller icon found by one of our readers would indicate the Facebook user in question is actively engaged in a game. According to our reader, hovering over the icon loads a pop-up box that never actually finishes loading and then eventually disappears altogether (box and icon).

We checked Facebook’s own page relating to status icons and didn’t see anything regarding a controller, nor did we see any such icons in our sidebar when we fired up a game on a separate account on a computer right next to us to see if the icon appeared.

Simple stuff. Borderline trivial, really. But it’s new to us. Have you seen it? Know what it is? Drop us a line at [email protected]

  • Lala

    I have had this…well apparently I am the one who has had it haha. But I wasn’t playing any games nor on any gaming sites at the time, so I was wondering what it was. Looks like no ones knows for sure yet :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705776922 Audrey Gambrell

    It was next to my mom’s name in chat and she’s not a gamer, but sometimes plays those stupid Facebook games like Bejeweled and Words With Friends.  I asked her if she was playing a game when I saw that it popped up next to her name.  She was playing Lucky Slots…… So the icon means the person is playing a Facebook game.

  • bubzy

    yeah i see that too, a pop-up window to the left of the user on facebook chat says ‘Loading…’ but then it disappears together with the controller icon, so nothing actually loads. my guess is that facebook is still implementing this new feature, it’s still at ‘beta’ stage, and will fully work sometime in the future. i assume that it’s meant to tell us the actual game that the user is currently playing. 

  • bubzy

    i see it all the time, it just disappears when u put ur cursor over it. hmm i just assumed it means that the facebook user is playing a game on facebook

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001746076501 Mary Gooner Bamford

    I can confirm….the controller icon appears everytime one of my friends are playing facebook games….i.e bubble witch saga, bubble speed, everytime I have had a notification from them for games I have noticed there is also a controller icon next to their names……Hope this helps!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511472905 Jennifer Morin Dacy

    iv seen this too – every time i go to click it or hover it disappears. Ive had a friend log into a game and it doesnt show AND iv also had it showing for a friend when they definately werent in a game – weird

  • http://www.facebook.com/SMtalkingfinger William DeRosa

    Any game they play that is integrated through facebook, that icon will appear. Such as Words with Friends, Draw etc. As a gamer, it confused me!! You would think Facebook would have made their own damn icon!! I was thinking they integrated PS3 or Xbox

  • Justin Vasquez

    I thought it might be logged into Facebook from a gaming console…

    • http://www.facebook.com/SMtalkingfinger William DeRosa

      Thats what I was thinking at first too.

  • http://twitter.com/dandcheung Dan Cheung

    my friend confirmed that she was playing Words With Friends when I saw the icon!!

  • Justaguy

    I have seen it. I kind of figured it was an in-game indicator. Because that’s exactly what I want my co-workers to see.

    • http://www.facebook.com/SMtalkingfinger William DeRosa

      lol…yea great!