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Microsoft is killing off Snap Mode on Xbox One

Like watching TV while you play your games? Well you're going to have to find another screen for that. Microsoft's Mike Ybarra has revealed on Twitter that the next Xbox One OS update will remove the popular Snap Mode that let you pop a miniature screen into the corner while you play. Removing Snap will "improve multitasking, reduce memory use, improve overall speed, and free up resources going forward for bigger things" so it clearly took up a stack of RAM processing power.  

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This doesn't mean that all multitasking functions are going to disappear though. Ybarra goes on to explain that music apps like Pandora will now show up in the Guide where they can still be controlled. Ybarra also says that apps like Netflix have "optimized and moved on from Snap long ago." And, for those worried about Twitch broadcasting, you'll just start up the Twitch app, start broadcasting and then switch back to the game. Snap Mode isn't gone yet though so you've still got time to mentally multitask until the next dashboard update. 

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Louise Blain

Louise can often be found watching horror, drinking coffee and beating you at The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth.