The Xbox One has had its fair share of updates both good and bad that have made the console into what it is today. While it is a wonderfully remarkable console, a new update that is rolling out later 2017 will be serving to increase performance speeds and multitasking capabilities.
However, one of the downsides to this new update is the fact that we may be losing the Xbox Snap function that has been a boon to many players. Xbox Snap is the ability to open up a secondary app, while you are playing a game, watching a movie or the like, and able to switch between the game and open app with literally no time at all. This prevents the alternative app or game from shutting down when you open something else as well as allowing you to get back into the action quicker. A common use for the Xbox Snap feature was to have your list of achievements up along the side of the screen while you played the game itself. This allowed you to closely monitor what achievements you were close to acquiring.
In a recent tweet sent out by the head of Xbox’s platform engineering team, Mike Ybarra, it was revealed that Xbox Snap had been replaced in order to free up resources, improve console speed and to make the Xbox more efficient.
“We replaced Snap to improve multitasking, reduce memory use, improve overall speed, and free up resources going forward for bigger things.” – Mike Ybarra @XboxQwik
While the news that Xbox Snap may be leaving is rather sad, the fact that the upcoming update is said to improve efficiency and multitasking may mean that a new feature will be arriving to compliment the new software and will in essence be a new technological leap forward in the world of video gaming.