Xbox One's 'Creators Update' removes Snap mode

Microsoft snipped Snap to make the console snappier.


Creators Update, the latest Xbox One Dashboard patch, removes Snap mode, a feature that let users take advantage of the console's multitasking capabilities but that Microsoft now considers a relic of the platform's past.

"We replaced Snap to improve multitasking, reduce memory use, improve overall speed, and free up resources going forward for bigger things," engineering lead Mike Ybarra wrote on Twitter.

Ybarra offered no insight into those "bigger things."

Removing Snap is the latest move in Microsoft's effort to speed up Xbox One's performance and simplify UI navigation. In a video detailing changes, an Xbox One engineer Scott Henson explained that "one of the things we've done is we've redesigned the Guide to get you the most common tasks that you perform every single day. One button press, and all those common tasks are available."

Snap is also the latest casualty in a growing list of features that debuted with the console back in 2013 but that no longer fit into Microsoft's vision. Kinect, once sold part and parcel with Xbox One, was dropped from the package back in June 2014.

Xbox One's Creators Update is still in testing phases, and began rolling out to users enrolled in its Preview program on Monday. 

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    January 25, 2017 2:21 PM

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      January 25, 2017 2:55 PM

      That seems like a crappy thing to do. I used to use it to watch tv and play games at the same time. The performance was always pretty bad though.

      I suppose they have telemetry to tell them that no one much uses it anymore.

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        January 25, 2017 8:51 PM

        They are supposedly adding picture in picture and you can adjust the transparency, probably move it around/resize

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      January 25, 2017 2:56 PM

      Wasn't this a selling point of the system? Weird.

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        January 25, 2017 4:12 PM

        I thought the selling point was sports TV on Xbox?

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      January 25, 2017 2:58 PM

      Wow I completely forgot about snap. If it actually makes the ui faster that is a very good move. It's just another piece of the misguided plan they had for the original Xbox one.

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      January 25, 2017 3:02 PM

      Xbox is turning back into a games console and less of an entertainment device. They are probably not enough apps to warrant snap more anymore.

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      January 25, 2017 4:08 PM

      Good have never used the feature once . If it improves performance I'm all for it

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      January 25, 2017 4:17 PM


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      January 25, 2017 4:33 PM

      Thank good Cortana is always snapping shit and I have to get up to find the remote to unsnap it.

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        January 26, 2017 9:45 AM

        "Would you like me to search for that?"

        NO!@@ 'CORTANA UNSNAP!"

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      January 25, 2017 8:21 PM

      Good. Hopefully we are one step closer to a final version of the UI so I don't have to re-learn how to use my xbox every 6 months.

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      January 26, 2017 6:55 AM

      It was almost unusable on the XB1. So probably not a bad idea to axe it there.

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      January 26, 2017 3:35 PM

      but now how am I gonna watch tv tv tv tv tv tv tv tv tv sports sports sports sports

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