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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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BDRTFM

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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1dl23

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

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skipper847

"Xbox" ScreenShot. Damn too late.

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1dl23

<< LINK REMOVED >> Never too late. 8-9 years till the next Xbox.

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pharoe777

<< LINK REMOVED >> Screen shots will prob be best while reviewing your "xbox record that" vids, where you can "pause" where you want.

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billlabowski

LOL F12 says hi.

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pharoe777

<< LINK REMOVED >> Show me where the F12 key is on consoles >.>

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AbortedSoul

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That's the point you dimwit.

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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.

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al_is_here

I can already do screen shots, its called f12

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pharoe777

<< LINK REMOVED >> There's an F12 key on your X1 controller ?

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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.

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warhawk-geeby

It couldn't already do this?!

What on earth. Never knew that.

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mr_azim

<< LINK REMOVED >> lol I was thinking the same thing.

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tendoboy1984

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

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tendoboy1984

<< LINK REMOVED >> Wii U and PS4 can.

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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.

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sammoth

<< LINK REMOVED >> Live Online and internal HDD says hello as Well Sony.

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AllShallFear

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> PC says hello, you guys are pretty damn late to the party..

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sammoth

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Wasn't comparing PC's but we all know PCs where first to the party. Thnx for stating the obvious. I am a PC gamer btw.

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catsimboy

BRB too busy TVing the Xbox to add PrintScrn.

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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.

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PlugInMonster

<< LINK REMOVED >> Just proves how out of touch M$ is with gamers.

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IAmMcGruber

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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?

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themc_7

<< LINK REMOVED >>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?

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console_war_vet

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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).

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seanwil545

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I take screenshots when gaming on PC. Some of them I use as desktop backgrounds.

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tendoboy1984

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You take screenshots and video of cool moments in a game and share them. That's the whole point of PS4's SHARE functionality.

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hotwog21

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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console_war_vet

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Lol. What about my comment made you think I care about having screenshot functionality? I'm perfectly content with the state that the Xbox One is currently in, thank you very much.

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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...

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gunnmetal

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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tendoboy1984

<< LINK REMOVED >> So sharing video and screenshots of your gaming accomplishments is a gimmick? I guess trophies and achievements are also...

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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.

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Spartan_418

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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

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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.

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MilleniaXEnder

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Vivvianni

Screenshot will be 720p too? Pathetic.

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gunnmetal

<< LINK REMOVED >> that was funny 6 months ago


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IAmMcGruber

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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Spartan_418

<< LINK REMOVED >> guessing the screenshot would be whatever resolution the game is running at... some Xbox One games are 1080p or 900p

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