Xbox One Background Music Feature Not Coming Anytime Soon

Much-requested feature will arrive sometime after Windows 10 comes to the console later this year.


Xbox One owners awaiting an official background music feature may want to get comfortable.

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Responding to a fan on Twitter today, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said this feature won't be delivered until after Windows 10 integration comes to Xbox One.

That's currently scheduled for "post-summer" (first for Preview Program members), meaning background music is coming this fall at the earliest.

"We have to land Windows 10 on Xbox One before we'll get background music," Spencer said. "So a little later."

Xbox One owners can currently use the Xbox Music app to listen to music while playing a game, but only with Snap. This takes up a portion of the screen, making it a less-than-ideal solution.

There is clearly demand for a better alternative. On the Xbox Feedback site, more than 19,000 people have voted for "Play Music From Apps Without Snap (Background Music)."

Also on Twitter today, another fan asked Spencer about the possibility of a new Xbox One feature that lets users broadcast party chat while streaming on Twitch. Spencer said Microsoft is currently looking into how this could work, though he provided no other details.

"It's a feature people have asked about, we are looking at what it would take to implement," he said.

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