Microsoft is updating its Xbox app to allow players to create, share and view Snapchat-style stories, the company says. announced this week. Players can share their favorite gaming moments, including game clips, screenshots, and achievements, with their friends and the Xbox community. You can also reply to your friends’ stories with a message or a quick reaction. The new feature is now available in Australia on iOS and Android, and will roll out to other regions soon.
You can create a story by clicking the “+” button on your gamertag located in the story feed. From there, you can select a game clip, screenshot, or achievement you want to share from the gallery. Once you’ve chosen what you want to share, you’ll be taken to a preview page where you can add a caption to your story. The story will be broadcast for 72 hours and will also be published in the activity feed on your profile.
The concept of stories first appeared on Snapchat and has been adopted by numerous apps and services over the past few years. Instagram, Spotify, tik tak, LinkedIn, Netflix and many others launching their own story features. However, the rise of TikTok has led some companies to move away from stories and focus on scrolling feeds and short videos. For example, LinkedIn removed the history feature last year and started working on another way to add short videos to the platform. Besides, Spotify and Instagram have been seen testing a TikTok-style vertical video stream on their apps. It’s possible that in the future, Microsoft will also take a more TikTok-like approach with its stories feature.
Alongside the new stories feature, Microsoft has also introduced a new Quality of Service (QoS) labeling feature on Xbox consoles. The new feature sets priority tags for latency-sensitive outbound network traffic such as group chat, console streaming, and multiplayer. Microsoft says the new feature will help ensure your gameplay isn’t interrupted by connection issues during network congestion. The new feature can be found in advanced settings. In the QoS Marking Settings section, you will see two new options: DSCP Tagging Enabled and WMM Tagging Enabled.
“From improvements to game capture and sharing to faster game loading and more, we are always listening and looking for ways to improve the Xbox experience for gamers around the world,” Microsoft said in a blog post about the announcement.
New launches come as Microsoft reportedly creating an ad program that will allow brands to run ads on free-to-play Xbox games. Microsoft recognizes that inserting ads into games can be disturbing to users, so it’s approaching the idea with caution and plans to create a private marketplace where only select brands can buy ad space and display ads in a way that doesn’t disrupt the gaming experience.
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