Microsoft demos Xbox One multitasking Snap functionality

New video demonstrates how players can do two things at once on next-generation system.

Microsoft today released a new Xbox One video showing off the next-generation system's Snap functionality, which allows users to do two things at once.

In the video, Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi is shown playing Forza 5. He says "Xbox, Snap Activity," which brings up a friends list on the right hand side of the screen, showing games his buddies are playing, achievements they have earned, and videos they uploaded.

Mehdi then demonstrates Internet Explorer running simultaneously alongside Forza 5. He says, "Xbox, Snap Internet Explorer," which brings up the browser. Mehdi said players can use this functionality if they become stuck in a game or want to read up on tips without exiting the title.

Lastly, Mehdi demonstrated Snap functionality for TV. He says, "Xbox, Snap TV," which then launches live TV, in this case ESPN. Mehdi then goes on racing in Forza 5 while an episode of SportsCenter runs in a smaller window.

The Xbox One launches next Friday, November 22, for $500. GameSpot will have more on the next-generation console leading up to launch.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

419 comments
WantYouBad
WantYouBad

How exactly do you browse internet explorer on a conosle like that? Is it also voice chat?

Cpt_Cosmonaut
Cpt_Cosmonaut

hahahaha I LOVE HOW AS HE STARTS WATCHING ESPN he ends up driving on GRASS LMAO...so stupid

frank_mancino
frank_mancino

love it but the hell is it with this 720p and 900p with 30fps?

moesuir
moesuir

"PS4, please don't spy on me while I masterbate"

Furwings
Furwings

Why the hell would I want to watch TV while playing a game at the same time?

Blazen702
Blazen702

Im so excited for the X1. The future is finally here. No more switching inputs. Love the NFL fantasy football overlay of Live TV. I'm loving the snap and video chat. The noobs who act like all they want is games and no "gimmicks" are lieing to themselves. Who doesn't like easier, better and faster? I have a life. I do more then just play games all day and the X1 is perfect for me.

benjimoola
benjimoola

my surface pro 2 shipped today... cant wait for my xbox one to ship also... This is the best gaming machine you can get for under 5oo pounds... nothing comes close. feature wise.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

"Pretty fantastic" ?

No!

Pretty fucking pointless is what is it. Just another pointless gimmick.

djdan200
djdan200

PS4 UI sucks, why you think they havn't showed it off at all? This is what next gen should be, and this is just the beginning. Wait until they add more features in the future. I mean look at the 360 UI from what it originally was. PS3 UI has barely improved at all

ElofValantor
ElofValantor

I'm seeing a lot of people saying they like the UI for XBoxOne. This is very interesting. Do these people also like Windows 8? Because they're basically the same thing. (Windows 8 is nice, btw).

NeoBillbine
NeoBillbine

Will snap be in 720p? How about the tv shows?

hammoud
hammoud

I've been a fan of the Xbox UI ever since it was first shown off (when everybody was like "WEYR TEH GAYMZ"). I could find a use for all of it's features but in the end it's all about the games and I prefer PlayStation's exclusives so I'll be getting a PS4. I still wish the PS4's UI was as cool as this though, maybe they can do something similar later in an update

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@Cpt_Cosmonaut I noticed that too lol.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@Furwings I do it all the time. Loading times, respawns etc, I turn over and watch The Simpsons. And while I'm playing I listen to it and occasionally look over.

mckruger
mckruger

@Furwings The idea behind it is to not have to switch ur xbox off when you want to watch something on TV. So the game could ultimately PAUSE and u could snap to watch TV until youre ready to go back and continue with your game. not that it would work in my country because M$ only seem to be interested in making all these features useable in USA.

jameston80
jameston80

@Furwings because you would own a ps4, I would not watch tv either, but I would love to have the news on at 11 at night while playing a game, cause now I turn off my system to watch the news, with xbox one I wont have too!!!

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@Blazen702 Yep, xbone is pefrect for casual gamers such as yourself. All the serious gamers, on the other hand, have already migrated to the sony camp.

themc_7
themc_7

@Scorpion1813 I don't quite understand everyone's hate towards this feature. I think it's a great feature, with a lot of potential. It'll be really handy to be able to open a search for achievement guides, or check scores, etc. But there's no sense in arguing. If you can't see the potential in this, go enjoy your playstation.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Scorpion1813 So the most important feature ever invented on any operating system is pointless. Interesting. You do realize multi-tasking is the foundation of modern computing.

ssj2los
ssj2los

@djdan200 ummm... no... ps4 UI was shown waaayyyy before this...  Xbox1 does have a nice UI but its the reason why games are 720p upscaled to 1080..... becuz that pretty UI uses up to 10% of the computing power the xbox1 has... like sony said... they're about games.. and today games deserve to be played at 1080p 60 frames a second. Cant wait for microsoft to "add more features" lol.. then you'll be playing games at 480i upscaled to 720i... its like buying a tricked out honda civic.. got electric windows, locks, gps, sunroof, "all the features"... but its still a 4 cylinder POS.. ill take my porsche (ps4)... no AC, no power windows or locks... no radio... An enthusiasts car.. and an enthusiast gaming console (ps4).

themc_7
themc_7

@ElofValantor it's really just the windows 8 layout (Which in my opinion doesn't really work for a computer OS). I think this OS layout/style works well on the console. Only time will tell. Everyone needs time to try it out and stuff

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@ElofValantor I still use the XP pro,so the Windows 8 style and its functions will be new and interesting to me :)

StHapns247
StHapns247

@ElofValantor Its funny, the Windows 8 UI was designed for a touch screen and was disliked by many users because it doesn't fair as well with a mouse. Now that they have brought it to Xbox 360 and soon Xbox One it is clear that the touch-centric interface also fairs well to a large screen and controller input.

I feel like they should have debuted the interface on the Xbox first, got people used it there, then moved it to the desktop. I think early adopters would have been less critical of Windows 8 if they had done that.

Furwings
Furwings

@2leetchisgod2 @Furwings Not buying it. Picking up my PS4 on the 15th baby! 

I probably will eventually pickup the Xbox One as well seeing as how the past 2 console generations I've owned all 3 console manufacturers systems. Probably next fall when it will drop down to $399, just in time for Halo 5.

jameston80
jameston80

@themc_7 @Scorpion1813 exactly, it's all playstation trolls saying it!!! because they are jealous, now if the ps4 had this feature, they would be saying in your face Microsoft!! but it's the other way around, so they say it's pointless.....trolls, lol

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@Grenadeh  

Most important feature? Are you serious?? Do you genuinely believe that?

Wow......

I might be up for multitasking when I'm on my PC. But when I'm gaming: I'm gaming. Nothing else. Same goes for watching movies/TV. Immersion is the most important thing for me.

jameston80
jameston80

@Crypt_mx @Scorpion1813 hes a sony fanboy that's why, now if this was on ps4, he would be saying the best damn thing in the world, remember rumors start with jealousy!!!

djdan200
djdan200

@ssj2los Forza 5 runs at 1080p 60fps. Why? Because the developers weren't lazy and used the Microsoft cloud technology to power it. So theoretically, any game could run at full 1080p on the xbox one if the developers wanted it to. Suck it

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@StHapns247 @ElofValantor It's no different than Steam Big Picture. It's a tile interface designed for proper use with a controller (until you get to the lower layers which are just the exact same Steam desktop UI that require a mouse).

That kind of design works for a console - not for a computer. Touchscreen has always been, and will always be shit, and so it doesn't work well for touch either.

When you get past the bad parts of Windows 8, it's a good system. You just should never ever use the Start screen or any applications from the start screen.

2leetchisgod2
2leetchisgod2

@Furwings @2leetchisgod2 Enjoy! I don't think it will drop to 399 within a year, but who knows. I'm only buying one system and it will probably be xbox. More uses for me.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@jameston80 @themc_7

If Playstation had this feature I would be saying the exact same thing. I don't hate this feature because it's on Xbox - I don't even hate the feature. I just think it's a pointless waste of resources and not much of a selling point.

I don't play games to get acheivements / high scores. I don't give a crap about either. When I'm playing I want to be immersed in the game I'm playing. I don't want to be distracted by other things and I certainly don't want to be cheating my looking for guides on the internet (not that I would ever use IE anyway).

But no - apparently I'm a Sony fanboy just because I'm not interested in something Microsoft is offering. If ignorance is bliss, you guys must be in paradise.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@jameston80 @Crypt_mx

Rumours start because butthurt fanboys can't take critisism. Grow up and quit it with the false accusations.

Most of my gaming is done on PC. Playstation is used for console exclusives. This feature is useless on any console - doesn't matter who did it. If you can't see past that then that says more about your own fanboyish nature. Especially since you feel the need to defend Microsoft with such childish accusations as if it was a personal attack you on.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@Grenadeh lol I know but my ol' PC(AMD Athlon Dual Core 5200B) cant run higher OS.
I guess next year i have to spend some money on a desktop or a aptop.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@sladakrobot @Grenadeh Use XP. At all. You know Microsoft claims they're dropping support for XP in about 3 months, for real this time.

Not to mention it's XP, it's over 10 years old, it has awfulicious memory utilization not to mention memory limit.