Xbox app is getting a very Snapchat-like feature

Better late than never, Microsoft is adding a Snapchat-like stories feature to the Xbox app for iOS and Android.

Judging from Microsoft’s description, “Xbox Stories” work the same as those on other platforms, but the content has the distinction of lasting up to 72 hours instead of a day. This is all part of Xbox’s big May update, where it also introduced its new Quality of Service (QoS) marking feature.

Intense Gamer Stories

In these stories, you will be able to share passionate gaming moments by posting in-game clips, screens, and achievements with your friends or the wider community. Stories can be replied with a message or a quick emoji reaction, just like you would on other platforms.

When updating the app, you will see a new Stories channel right on the home screen. You can start posting stories by opening the channel and tapping the new plus symbol next to your gamertag. Then you can select what you want to share, add a caption during the preview page and hit the publish button. This new feature is currently available in Australia with possible rollout to other regions to come.

Admittedly, it is strange to see Microsoft doing this. Especially when the latest trend is to rip off TikTok by having a continuous vertical video feed. Many other social media platforms implemented their own version of Snapchat Stories, only to discontinue the feature soon after.

Now we just have to wait for Microsoft to make this Xbox feature global before everyone leaves the concept of stories altogether.

New priority marking system

In the same May announcement is the QoS Tagging feature. This is a new feature that allows players to set a priority label for certain console system features that can bog down with latency and congestion. This way, during high traffic times, your connection remains stable as it takes priority over others.

Things like party chat, console streaming, and multiplayer modes are given as examples of areas that will have this marking. That said, not everyone can take full advantage of it.

According to Microsoft’s support page for QoS Tagging, your router/gateway and ISP network must support the low latency DOCSIS standard for this to work. Microsoft also warns that there may be connection issues anyway if you use markup.

Now we just have to wait for Microsoft to make this Xbox feature global before everyone leaves the concept of stories altogether.

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