Xbox One Loses ‘Snap’ To Boost Performance
Xbox One users could see a boost in power and performance in the coming months, but it will come at a cost.
Microsoft has announced that, in order to improve gameplay performance, they will be removing Snap, a popular multitasking feature that allowed games and multiple apps to run at the same time.
Mike Ybarra made the announcement on Twitter and confirmed that “bigger things” were coming.
We replaced Snap to improve multitasking, reduce memory use, improve overall speed, and free up resources going forward for bigger things.
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) January 24, 2017
The change will be made as part of the next dashboard update which is currently being tested. In a bit of good news, Ybarra did confirm that some of Snap’s features, such as the ability to play music in-game, will remain. Music apps, such as Pandora, will be controlled via the Guide feature.
While this change may disappoint some users, Xbox One fans are probably used to changes such as this. When the console was first announced, it was quite a different beast than the one that eventually launched. There was a strong emphasis on multimedia use and there were rumors that games would be locked to a single console so you could no longer share them with friends or buy used games. That feature, if it ever existed at all, was scraped prior to the console’s launch and Microsoft shifted their focus back to capturing the core gaming audience.
Despite their best efforts, sales of the Xbox One still lag behind the Playstation 4. However, Microsoft is hoping to reverse that trend with the release of Project Scorpio, an updated more powerful version of the Xbox One. Sony got a head start with the launch of the PS4 Pro in November of last year, but Scorpio appears to be more powerful than the Pro.
It was originally feared that the Scorpio’s increased power might mean a cost comparable to that of a gaming PC, but Microsoft has said they are shooting for a traditional console price point. Beyond that, we don’t know much about the Scorpio aside from the fact that it is expected to release late this year.
As for the Xbox One, Microsoft has announced that the next update will launch alongside the Windows 10 Creators Update in April of 2017.
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