Skype update on Xbox One finally allows Snap video chat while gaming

Nearly a year ago today, Microsoft first revealed the Xbox One console to the world. One of its many features shown off in a live demo during the event was a way to use the console's Skype app to chat with a friend via video in its Snap mode while playing a game at the same time.

However, when the Xbox One launched in November, that particular feature was not included. Today, Microsoft has quietly updated the Skype app on the console and, as first reported by DualShockers, the 53MB patch finally allows for users of the software to place it in Snap mode while having a video chat with someone and also play a game at the same time.

This is a huge update for the app, and it's likely Skype will be used much more on the Xbox One thanks to the additional feature. Microsoft didn't offer any word as to why it took so long despite being a much-touted feature, but Xbox One owners will certainly welcome the update regardless.

The Xbox One still has a number of promised features that have yet to be added, although there is some evidence that the long-awaited external hard drive support is close to being released.

Source: DualShockers | Image via Microsoft

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Well now you see why Xbox One games run in a lower resolution than PS4: they're not meant to be running full-screen anyway. :)

It's a feature, not a bug! ^^

Way to go Skype team, adding awesome features and popular requests months after launch and the removal of the Kinect from the xb1, look forward to your next trick.

Now how about you update and bring the damn WP app up to a bearable state? Really getting tired of it taking 10 seconds to open up during a call or randomly crashing.

I've been waiting for this. Since we have group chat, now all I need is party mode for video and music apps, have it work on Xbox One, PCs, and Windows Phones, and my family can watch movies together across the country on any of our devices. Good times.