Xbox One July System Update Lets You Track Achievements in Snap Mode

Next month's update will expand the system's Snap mode functionality.

Microsoft has offered a glimpse at what next month's Xbox One system update will introduce, and the most notable feature is what it calls "Achievement Snap."

This feature, which was teased during a pre-E3 event on Monday, adds support for something that has always seemed like a natural use of Snap mode: tracking achievements. While you're playing, you'll be able to easily see the number of achievements (and accompanying gamerscore) you've unlocked in that game, as well as the progress you've made on individual achievements.

By default, achievements will be sorted by how close you are to unlocking them and will update in real time as you play. Alternatively, you can choose to pin specific achievements to the top that you're hoping to complete. And, should you have any trouble doing so, each achievement will offer a button you can press to easily search the web (with Bing, of course) for help.

Achievements had to be viewed separately before now.

Also added in the update is a new way to control Snap mode. If you don't already have anything snapped, double tapping the Xbox button will bring up "Snap Center," allowing you to choose from a list of apps that can be snapped. If you do already have an app snapped, double tapping will work as it does now, switching the focus back and forth between that app and whatever is in the center of the screen.

Expanding the system's social features, recorded game clips can now be "Liked." From SmartGlass, you'll also be able to Like any item in your activity feed.

Two other small additions will be made in July. The first is the ability to choose your voice control language in New Zealand, Ireland, and Austria, allowing English and German speakers in those countries to select from these two languages.

The other is support for "future digital bundles and compilation discs." Xbox Wire describes this as such: "We're doing some work now so that publishers will have options for great digital bundle and disc compilation offerings in the future. As we test this feature, we'll be seeing more flexible combinations of game titles and game content."

A launch date for the update was not announced; we only know that it'll officially be out in July, or sometime in the next few days for those who opt to get updates early. (This month's update launched last week and added support for external storage devices and a way to use your real name on Xbox Live.) In the meantime, if you have any ideas you'd like to see implemented in a future update, Microsoft launched the Xbox Feedback website this week, allowing fans to submit and vote on ideas for Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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Discussion

78 comments
themc_7
themc_7

I miss the old way to viewing achievements. When you got an achievement, it popped up, if you hit the Xbox button, you got a little pop up window showing the achievement's details and then you could close it and resume your game. 

Now when you get an achievement and hit the Xbox button, it takes you back to the dashboard and then it loads up the ach. page (which takes about 5 seconds), then you have to dashboard again, navigate over to the game tab and launch the game again. I've just stopped looking at achievements that I get because you are pulled out of the game for 30-60 seconds each time.


I do however love how they continue to make updates and improvements to everything. Keep it up MS.

kingjugganott
kingjugganott

They are doing a great job with these updates--I'm ready for HBO GO.....

crusadernm
crusadernm

Why are sony fanboys here.. Just wait for Sony updates to come to your own console.  No need to be mad or jealous.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I'm known for being very fair and balanced on these forums, but I gotta say. If you like online gaming and features, you can't beat Xbox Live. In that area, Sony just doesn't cut it. Well, that and games.

samus_my_life
samus_my_life

Nice, i always wanted the Achievement snap to track it faster rather than leaving the screen tho ^.^

kahnseal
kahnseal

sad sony ponies got every complaint in the world about xbox ones updates, but cant get a update from sony every month. yeah you mad. lol.

glynnc12
glynnc12

they shud bring out a game loading update ,were games load faster aarrgghh

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

Again, why would anyone want to lose screen space for random crap on the side?

brockelley
brockelley

lol, I know SO many people that were complaining about this day 1.. glad they finally got around to it

Ovirew
Ovirew

Hmm well could be cool.  I was thinking it would like, take a picture automatically whenever you get an achievement in a game.  That would be nice.

kane6911
kane6911

i think it's smart! i love the nw stuff the console does. however i still will be waiting on the D12 update holiday 2015. i can see that being even more mind blowing.

quinnd6
quinnd6

You still can't play movies and music off the USB harddrive though can you.

That was a nice convenience with the xbox 360 that the new consoles still don't have.

adders99
adders99

the xbox continues to get better! I hope they keep up the good work.

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

Finally! This sure will be handy, and really will be the first time I'll be using snap significantly. Keep the great updates coming!

sammoth
sammoth

Neat. Software updates FTW.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@crusadernm That is the regular behabious of a "fanboy": expending more time in the articles from the games he hates from the console he doesn't own. You know; they are that stupid.

oflow
oflow

@Sevenizz Yeah they are slowly building Live back to it s glory of how it was on the 360.

I think and hope eventually we will get a lot of the old Live Arcade games remade.re-released on the XBOXONE.  Would be awesome to carry over the old library etc.  MS has the servers to do it.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Complain about what? We don't need no Stinkin updates every month.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Do people call you a Fool?

Honest question. (See I can do that to)

zintarr
zintarr

@Sevenizz Life must suck with your mental illness.

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@Sevenizz LOOOOL your opinions on PS3 exclusives are purely that......OPINIONS.   You don't call the shots for everyone else you fool. 

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

Spam. This exact comment was left in the article about micro transactions. Ban this insufferable chode.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@oflow @Sevenizz 


I'm just waiting for that announcement to come...I mean it has to happen, right?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Oh wow, since when does a opinion comment warrant such negativity?

quinnd6
quinnd6

@kahnseal 

@thereisknowhope

No you can't.

There is no mention or any evidence of that anywhere,

All in one media device my ass.

My 360 can do more with media and so can the ps3.

The PS4 is the same as the xbox one in that regard also.

You want to back up your movies and movies on usb and play them on your ps4 or xbox one well you can't do it.


quinnd6
quinnd6

@A8ADD0N It's not really the same though as you have to have your pc turned on all the time for it to work so it's a waste of electricity.