Xbox One Boss Explains Wait for Background Music Feature

It's coming...but not soon.


Microsoft likes the idea of a background music feature for Xbox One, but right now, it's not at the top of the company's priority list. That's according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who talked a bit about it on Twitter.

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Asked if Microsoft had any news to share regarding when the feature might come to Xbox One, Spencer said, "This one is just a prioritization thing with other work. We like the feature."

He added: "It's in the list of things we want to do, just behind other work we are doing right now."

This isn't the first time the subject of background music on Xbox One has come up. At the end of May 2015, Spencer said it won't be delivered until after Windows 10 integration comes to Xbox One. That's currently scheduled for "post-summer," meaning background music is coming this fall at the earliest.

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 20,000 people have voted for "Play Music From Apps Without Snap (Background Music)."

In other Microsoft music news, the company recently rebranded Xbox One music as Groove.

The next major Xbox One update, the New Xbox One Experience, launches in November. It totally revamps the interface and its biggest new feature is arguably backwards compatibility support for Xbox 360 titles.

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