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.

214 Comments
No Caption Provided

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.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 214 comments about this story
214 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Maybe if MS had made a game console instead of a multimedia cable box, they would have allowed screenshots from launch :/

Avatar image for blackace
blackace

<< LINK REMOVED >> The PS4 can't even play a Music CD or multimedia devices. I can hook my PS4 to my XBox One and run it through to the HDTV and play PS4 . LMAO!!

Avatar image for vivvianni
Vivvianni

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

In 720p? You running PS4 in 720p what a re.....

Avatar image for thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@blackace @eternal_napalm I know right?? No music CD's Even more disappointing that it doesn't come with a cassette and record player! So many people begging for these features. It's a shame that PS4 doesn't have either of these *sighs*

You're bragging about the ability to connect a console to another console to a monitor to play a console even though you can connect that console without connecting it to the other console to play when you can just simply connect it to the TV to play that console LOL! Guess you've never heard the saying, "Just because you can doesn't mean you should".

Avatar image for Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@thebeachguy90 there is also more input latency if you play another console/pc through your xbox one. so your gaming experience is always worse. and who needs the ability to play cd's when sony has music unlimited.

Avatar image for tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

<< LINK REMOVED >> Some people still use music CD's, just like some people still use records. You must be a kid, because you clearly have no respect for old technology.

Avatar image for thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I'll be 24 next month so I'm obviously not a kid. I grew up with cassettes and CD's as well, I'm just not an old timer who sticks to the past. I get on with the times.. If you wanna play music CD's then buy a CD player. They can't be too expensive these days. Could find one in your neighbors yard sale for $5. It's so hilarious people complaining about the lack 80s and 90s technology not on a 2013 gaming console.

Avatar image for grenadehh
Grenadehh

<< LINK REMOVED >> It's there for a reason. It's called conserving your HDMI ports, you fool.

Avatar image for thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> LOL whatever makes you feel better. I'm happily playing my games with only 1 brick, not 2.

Avatar image for sladakrobot
sladakrobot

<< LINK REMOVED >> Did Sony added playing games on the PS4 yet?

Avatar image for vivvianni
Vivvianni

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

Yes in 1080p too.

Avatar image for eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

<< LINK REMOVED >> Does MS have any good games? What happened to Titanfall? :/

Avatar image for blackace
blackace

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Sold over 3 million copies and counting. lol!!

Avatar image for vivvianni
Vivvianni

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

Counting dust?

Avatar image for eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

<< LINK REMOVED >> What's a shame is the perpetual boner Boners have for any and all shooters, even bad ones. God am I glad I'm done with Xbox. Hey guys, that new CoD dlc just got announced!

Avatar image for console_war_vet
console_war_vet

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That kind of narrow mindset is a shame. Garden Warfare is a great class-based shooter.

Avatar image for eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

<< LINK REMOVED >> A casual shooter for casuals. You casuals devour it, no doubt ;)

Avatar image for eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

<< LINK REMOVED >> Haha you played Garden Warfare? Are you like 12 or something? Where is FF14 and America's greatest pasttime? :)

Avatar image for grenadehh
Grenadehh

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> FF14? Who in their right mind would play that trash?

Avatar image for tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Since when was Final Fantasy trash? It's an iconic game franchise that has been popular since the NES days.

Avatar image for Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@tendoboy1984 @grenadehh @eternal_napalm @sladakrobot and ff14 has no resemblance to anything the good old final fantasy games stood for. its just button mashing grind fest with dull characters and boring story and setting. sorry but I have to agree with him, ff14 is trash just like most other mmo's. hopefully elder scrolls will fix all whats wrong with the game and become an mmo were people can finally have fun before spending months getting to endgame. if not then i'll probz get everquest next, at least that looks good and I am guessing will be free to play.

Avatar image for sladakrobot
sladakrobot

<< LINK REMOVED >> It sold more than any PS4 game...so...

Avatar image for vivvianni
Vivvianni

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

On PC.

Avatar image for thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> LOOOL a multiplat outselling an exclusive???. We sure as hell didn't see that coming.

Avatar image for Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@thebeachguy90 @sladakrobot @eternal_napalm lol, xbox fanboys seriously have the worst intelligence ever. they think titanfall is x1 exclusive when its not lol. in fact, ea have said they are sorry they didn't bring titanfall to sony now (obviously coz sony is dominating right now). shortly after that they announced titanfall 2 will not be microsoft exclusive.

Avatar image for eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

<< LINK REMOVED >> Hahahaha. Best system seller evarrr!! :p

Avatar image for sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@eternal_napalm

Titanfall is still rocking.

And dont worry,soon you can play a good game...Garden Warfare is coming to the PS4.


Avatar image for PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

<< LINK REMOVED >> LOL Titanfall really?? It's just COD with Mechs LOL. Halo 5 will be way better.

Avatar image for vivvianni
Vivvianni

<< LINK REMOVED >>

LOL you still playing titanfall?

Avatar image for eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Taking a screenshot is easy. Takes two seconds.

Avatar image for vivvianni
Vivvianni

<< LINK REMOVED >>

No it takes 2 mins on xbox one...esram.

Avatar image for Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Despite the Xbox One's underpowered hardware, MS is doing a much better job of updating their software

Meanwhile the PS4 1.7 update just added bugs that disable rumble and prevent cloud game saves from uploading correctly

Avatar image for tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

<< LINK REMOVED >> Underpowered compared to what? Wii U?

Avatar image for PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

<< LINK REMOVED >> AND those errors will be fixed in due time. Updates don't get created overnight. Microsoft has made mistakes in the past. Sony has made mistakes too.


But of course since you're using a Master Chief avatar, it's no wonder you bash Sony.....

Avatar image for Spartan_418
Spartan_418

<< LINK REMOVED >> liking Halo =/= Microsoft fanboy

I think the PS4 is still an overall better system with greater potential, but Sony is somewhat behind on the software side of things. And it's not just bugs, it's also basic features that the PS4 is still missing, such as pausing/resuming downloads and changing the home screen background (both of which the Xbox One has)

Avatar image for tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Changing the home screen background? How is that a neccessary feature? Now there's a gimmick if I ever saw one, and I rarely ever did it on my PS3.

Avatar image for Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@tendoboy1984 @Spartan_418 @PSYCHOV3N0M I second that notion. ps4's home screen looks slick, very user friendly, very easy on the eyes. why anyone would want to change that is beyond me. xbox one's interface is a huge mess, you'd have a hard time navigating without the help of kinect. and I have always preferred the more hands on approach anyway. also ps4's os has much less performance impact than xbox one's os does. ps4 has 5gb of ram reserved for gaming, xbox one claims to have that but it actually doesn't thanks to kinect :).


ps4 boots from standby mode in 10 seconds. xbox one takes over 20 seconds sometimes even minutes. the xbox os is far too bloated.

Avatar image for voice_of_enigma
voice_of_enigma

Microsoft IS, well, always has been a software company, after all.......

Avatar image for Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Not underpowered, but distributed.

Avatar image for Spartan_418
Spartan_418

<< LINK REMOVED >> "distributed" meaning what?

the Power of the Cloud™ or something?

Avatar image for rasterror
rasterror

I would love to do this with Forza. I would love to take a picture of my McLaren F1 or Ferrari 250 Testarrosa and use it as my wall paper.

Avatar image for deathstream
deathstream

<< LINK REMOVED >>


Forza has a pretty full feature picture mode.

Avatar image for Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Or avatar pic!

Avatar image for devilzzz2014
DeViLzzz2014

Something so basic like that should have been in place at launch with a next gen console.

Avatar image for sammoth
sammoth

<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, it took how long to get party chat ?

Avatar image for blackace
blackace

<< LINK REMOVED >> Both the XB1 and PS4 launched many, many months early. It's pretty easy to see why all these features aren't on the system at launch.

Avatar image for rasterror
rasterror

<< LINK REMOVED >> Like a Cd player, MP3 functions, and YouTube?

Avatar image for rexpowercolt
RexPowerColt

So Sony, you know what the they say don't ya? Imitation is sincerest form of flattery eh?


Screenshoting Infamous SS is helluva fun and soon, be able to upload direct to USB stick!

Avatar image for _williamwallace
_WilliamWallace

Let's talk about party chat shall we ...

Avatar image for console_war_vet
console_war_vet

<< LINK REMOVED >> Taking screenshots is really that fun?

Avatar image for grenadehh
Grenadehh

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I screenshot everything on my steam library. Then people are like "Why do you screenshot?"

Idk, it's fun to look at? Other people can look at them? Maybe because I actually appreciate games.

Avatar image for voice_of_enigma
voice_of_enigma

Lightning standing before God at the final battle in Lightning Returns is the ultimate home screen on my phone!

Yes, I'm a complete dork!

Avatar image for rasterror
rasterror

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It actually is. Sadly is the best thing to do in Second Son.

Avatar image for devilzzz2014
DeViLzzz2014

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yes it is.