Snap, an interesting, but admittedly rarely used by most, feature of the Xbox One is getting replaced in the next update in order to improve overall speed.
Xbox platform head Mike Ybarra revealed the upcoming change in a tweet writing, “We replaced Snap to improve multitasking, reduce memory use, improve overall speed, and free up resources going forward for bigger things.” Multi-tasking will still be available, as Microsoft details in this blog for the upcoming update, but no mention of Snap is made. The blog offers some additional teases of what’s to come for the Xbox One dashboard, including visual changes, and the plans to speed up the console’s performance.
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
Microsoft is currently testing the update and it should be available to Xbox One owners in April.
I was very optimistic about this feature when the Xbox One launched, and fully expected myself to use it. I even wrote a whole feature about it. Ultimately, though, I never really snapped anything but Achievements. It’s a neat feature, but I can’t say I will miss it. It’s too bad I won’t be able watch The Great Mouse Detective and The Great Mouse Detective simultaneously anymore, though.
Using Xbox One snap exactly as intended: to watch The Great Mouse Detective on Blu-ray and Netflix simultaneously. https://t.co/U8OQXicSGM
– Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) November 25, 2013