Xbox engineering lead Eden Marie has said that the Xbox One's Snap feature isn't likely to come back, even though the company's engineers miss it.
When Microsoft revealed the Xbox One, one of its most unique features was the Snap functionality, which would let users 'snap' TV, movies, or other apps in the corner of their screen while playing games to be able to do both at once. Although the Xbox One's focus on dual-functionality with movies and TV was poorly received at first, Snap was actually quite popular and considered one of the strengths of the Xbox One by those who used it.
Despite this popularity, Microsoft decided to remove the feature while rebooting the dashboard four years into the console's lifecycle. According to then Xbox Platform head Mike Ybarra, it was removed to "improve multitasking, reduce memory use, improve overall speed, and free up resources going forward for bigger things".
Xbox hasn't said anything about Snap since removing it all those years ago, but it seems like it's still on some people's minds. As reported by Pure Xbox, Eden Marie, Xbox's engineering lead, responded to a comment on Twitter asking about whether Snap could possibly come back. The comment said, "Eden! If possible please to bring the snap feature back would be amazing it’s a feature I and most of the community miss".
In response, Marie simply said, "While we all miss snap, I don't think it's coming back". Considering that's coming from Xbox's engineering lead, that's about as concrete as it gets. It also seems unlikely that Xbox would look to bringing back old features when it could, and likely is, looking ahead to what's next.
Although Eden Marie isn't outright saying that Snap won't be coming back, it's the closest thing to confirmation that fans of the feature will have anytime soon, as it doesn't seem like something Xbox ix interested in, and Marie is one of the rare few developers who reply to comments and concerns from fans.
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