Xbox One Update Removes Snap and Discontinues Some Achievements

By Rebecca Smith,
Earlier this week, Microsoft began rolling out the first wave of features from the upcoming Creators Update. Amongst the features that some Xbox One owners have already been able to try out was a new Home screen and an updated (and quicker) Guide. In fact, Microsoft is really aiming to streamline the user experience to improve usability and multitasking. The thing is, there's one little change that they've rolled out that they've not really mentioned: they've removed the Snap functionality from the console. Xbox's Mike Ybarra explains why:

What isn't clear at the moment is what exactly will be replacing the Snap functionality. There are rumours that Microsoft is instead heading for a minimised picture of the second app that would be superimposed in the bottom corner of the game screen. If you've ever viewed any of our TrueGamingNetwork ID@Xbox Beam streams, you'll know exactly the sort of thing to expect:

Beam streamWhile playing the game, a second program is minimised in the bottom left corner

Of course, we're just speculating here but we will let you know when we get confirmation on any more improvements to the Xbox One user interface. What is confirmed, though, is that the removal of the Snap functionality will make several achievements discontinued. This mostly affects Apps — TrueAchievements being one of them — but also affects one game. You'll find a list of soon-to-be discontinued achievements below. If you know of any others that we've missed off the list, be sure to let us know in the comments below and we'll add them.



Threes!3X Threes!The 3X Threes! achievement in Threes! worth 205 pointsPlayed three games.


Demand 5

Demand 5Use Snap ModeThe Use Snap Mode achievement in Demand 5 worth 0 pointsUse Snap mode within Demand 5 to unlock this achievement


MLB.TVOn DeckThe On Deck achievement in MLB.TV worth 0 pointsWatch a game in snap view!


STARZ PlaySnapped!The Snapped! achievement in STARZ Play worth 0 pointsWatch a video in snap mode 3 times.


TrueAchievementsStarmanThe Starman achievement in TrueAchievements worth 0 pointsRate 25 different games

TrueAchievementsFingers and ThumbsThe Fingers and Thumbs achievement in TrueAchievements worth 0 pointsVote on 25 solutions

TrueAchievementsAdvanced ReconThe Advanced Recon achievement in TrueAchievements worth 0 pointsViewed 100 different achievement solutions

Zattoo Live TV

Zattoo Live TVMultitaskerThe Multitasker achievement in Zattoo Live TV worth 0 pointsWatch 1 hour TV in snap mode

You can find out more information on what this means for the TrueAchievements app in this week's podcast.

It is unclear whether the functionality that replaces Snap will then allow players to earn these achievements once more. For now, expect the worst and make sure that you grab these as soon as possible!
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.