Microsoft Plans to Add Xbox One Screenshot Feature in System Update

The ability to take screenshots is on the company's list of ideas for a future update.

Video won't always be the only way of sharing your favorite Xbox One moments: Although we don't yet know when it will be coming, the ability to take screenshots of your games on Xbox One is on Microsoft's list of features to add in a future update.

This is according to Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, who was asked whether Microsoft has plans to allow players to take screenshots and share them on social networks like Twitter. "Yea, this is the list for the monthly updates, team is making great progress on the updates," Spencer replied on Twitter. "More features to come."

Indeed, Microsoft has been routinely rolling out system updates for the Xbox One. Among other things, the Xbox One added a new Party Chat mode and Twitch streaming in March, friend notifications in April, and a sound mixer this month. June's update will add support for external storage devices and allow players to use their real names on Xbox Live.

The ability to take screenshots would be a natural addition to the system--players can already record gameplay video on the fly that can then be shared with other Xbox One owners or uploaded to OneDrive. The PlayStation 4, meanwhile, already allows screenshots to be taken using the DualShock 4's Share button.

What features are you most hoping to see show up on Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below.

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Discussion

204 comments
jark888
jark888

Great idea. I totally support it. Full freedom to use the feature in jpeg file type (that could easily & freely transfer) would be real nice.

Reagan2791
Reagan2791

I'd like to see features I'm accustomed to having on my 360...Invitation Only Parties, Voice Messages, Accept or Decline Friend Requests (and Followers), Background Themes/Options, etc.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

Fanboys are such hypocrites. Sony has copied the crap out of MS over the years and nobody says a thing. MS brings on a simple feature that Sony had first and fanboys go ballistic saying MS is playing catch up and they are just Sony wanabees.


When MS tries things completely out of the box like Kinect and used digital sales and family plans and game sharing, fanboys go ballistic again to the point where MS has to scrap every innovative feature until there is nothing to distinguish one system from another other than the name and external case. Then everyone cries fowl again and says there is nothing new or innovative on either console except slightly improved graphics and a backwards step in UI.


This is what you guys asked for; two consoles pretty much identical in every way except for exclusive content.


Enjoy.

SEADRIVE
SEADRIVE

Does it not amaze you how behind the ball Microsoft really is.  1st they develop a piece of hardware that will have a hard time to display true 1080p games that people were expecting from the last generation since they supported HDMI and now we are playing catch-up with Sony?  Perhaps we should drop our online play ability and sink down to PS2/PS3 limited features as well.  Sony started out real arrogant with their PS3 and got put into their place, and since November, Microsoft, until now, has been sitting in the same shiny throne.  Also, news has it that no new Halo, Crackdown or Gears will grace us for at least 1.5 years...so, did I make a stupid mistake buying now or what?  Perhaps I'll just put my Xbox One into my closet, since I currently use my PS4 and Wii U more.  I used my 360, 500:1 over my PS3, but currently it's the other way around.  WAKE UP MICROSOFT AND GET A LITTLE INNOVATIVE, YOU WERE LAST GENERATION! 


cheers,


SEADRIVE

1dl23
1dl23

How about using our own Pic/ Icon for profile instead of the stock graphics?

skipper847
skipper847

"Xbox" ScreenShot. Damn too late.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Video I get, but I'm not sure about screenshots. I mean, surely it requires you to be pretty on-the-ball in order to capture that one shot of an awesome moment, and that can't be easy when you're in the midst of battle.

al_is_here
al_is_here

I can already do screen shots, its called f12

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

It couldn't already do this?!

What on earth. Never knew that.

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

I love how fanboys have absolutely no idea what they're talking about when they bash other systems.

wexorian
wexorian

SO much for next gen it can't take screenshots hahaha

DVONvX
DVONvX

love how the sony fanboys are saying how screenshots are "old tech" and how MS is "late to the party." Ha...party and cross-chat say hello. 

catsimboy
catsimboy

BRB too busy TVing the Xbox to add PrintScrn.

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

M$ is one year late to the party and they are still considering it but not executing it? (screenshot culture has been around for 7+ years and quite popular, sony know that all to well and did the right thing with PS4) I might consider to get a x1 if it actually let me take screenshot form ryse.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

I just want a damn console to play games on, chat with friends, and enjoy games and stream movies and TV shows (Netflix, hulu, VUDU ect.)... All other features to me are a gimmik... Even for PS4 streaming gameplay. It's not something a gamer as myself needs.

I understand alot of these people like their extra capabilities. But I'm not in need of all the extra BS... I'm happy with my TV, and a PS4 controller in my hand...

hotwog21
hotwog21

Microsoft trying to distract from their poor sales

typical, the list for games to come out is huge, and free 

from criticism because it doesn't exist yet. Alot like 

firmware updates, it going to get better, just wait, its coming and 

then add patches like screenshot? old tech patched in and its 2014!!!????

But lets not be too hard on the XBOXONE either because, its going to be

improved with each update?!!!!!!

Since when did it become acceptable to buy an unfinished product 

all based on promise, all future, hope and hype, never the NOW!!

How hard are they laughing at us?


heres an idea for the here and now


make it backward compatible with xbox 360 games and xbox  live arcade games

enable chat between 360 and xbox one

get rid of the 3 operating systems

properly get rid of the kinect and make it for family fun games/exercise/dance only.


then you will be back in the race, until then, choke on your console.

vivvianni
vivvianni

Screenshot will be 720p too? Pathetic.

vivvianni
vivvianni

Wow what a Feature "that is missing".

grenadehh
grenadehh

Also it's too bad that Titanfall screenshot came from PC.

grenadehh
grenadehh

So many pathetic haters. Because gaming isn't about gaming, it's about determining your self worth by what for-profit international mega-business you owe your loyalty to. 

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@SEADRIVE  Well, I'd sure like to know what you are playing on your PS4 because, mine is sitting on my entertainment center collecting dust. There is little to play on the PS4 or X1. Welcome to early adoption. I play my 360 more than my Wii, PS3, PS4 and X1 combined. It takes 3-4 years to make a AAA title. The system has been out a year. What do you expect? I'd rather have great games in 1.5 years than crappy games right now.

pharoe777
pharoe777

@skipper847 Screen shots will prob be best while reviewing your "xbox record that" vids, where you can "pause" where you want.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

but yeah, keep letting them take a dump all over you if thats what you all wish. just don't come crying to us when your console gets bricked because your kinect spycam caught you smoking a joint on skype. or for swearing during a mp game.

sammoth
sammoth

@DVONvX  Live Online and internal HDD says hello as Well Sony.

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@GameFan1983 So this small function is what's going to sell you on buying an xbox1? Not the games, not the voice commands, not the cloud services and party chat, it's the screen shots?

themc_7
themc_7

@GameFan1983 screenshot culture? Do you hear yourself? Popular gamers with Youtube channels don't post screenshots, they post video! 

I'll admit it would be a handy feature to have, but it that really the reason you won't buy an Xbox One?

console_war_vet
console_war_vet

@GameFan1983  What do you do with those screenshots? I'm just wondering. I know that personally I would look at them once and never again (If I were to use screenshot functionality).

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@TheExxorcist did you hear that microsoft, this guy here said he dosent used those extra features. plus he dosent even have an xbox, so that means just because this guy said that you should stop doing updates and features.

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

@TheExxorcist So sharing video and screenshots of your gaming accomplishments is a gimmick? I guess trophies and achievements are also...

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@TheExxorcist do those extra features somehow impede your ability to play games and stream movies? it's not like you're being forced to use them

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@vivvianni If I put two pictures side by side, one in 1080p and one in 720p or even 900p, and asked you to point out the one that is in 1080p you'd have no clue and would be guessing.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@vivvianni  guessing the screenshot would be whatever resolution the game is running at... some Xbox One games are 1080p or 900p

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@grenadehh It's all about licking the anus's of the people who care nothing about you as an individual, just how much money you can throw theit way. Those are the people that get defended like they're gods.

hotwog21
hotwog21

@console_war_vet @GameFan1983 why do you accept screenshots as an "update" u question this guy but not yourself. the question should be "is this an update?" and its not, its just conditioning us to be greatful for crumbs waiting for that big patch thats going to change gaming, i'll let you in on a secret, its not coming, but you enjoy living in hope.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@tendoboy1984 @TheExxorcist well yes they are a gimmick. "wow I got a trophy for a video game". big deal, do you get money? do you get respect? no, in fact in a lot of situations you get called a virgin for having too many trophies to have free time to pick up birds. I don't play games for trophies, I play games to have fun and win. I stop playing them when I complete them or when I get bored of them, just like any true gamer would. be bothered killing 1000 pigeons on gta 6 to get a trophy called winging it, then bragging to my friends and then they call me sad and pathetic for taking gaming seriously.