Don't expect Xbox One background music playback until the summer
Xbox One background music playback is still a long way off, according to division head Phil Spencer.
An inquiring fan asked for an update on the long-awaited feature, requested by over 20,000 people on the Xbox One UserVoice feedback site. Phil Spencer's reply will dash hopes of getting the feature before the summer.
Phil Spencer tweeted the following response:
At present, music apps like Groove Music can only deliver audio if they're snapped, taking up a large portion of screen real estate in the process. The ability to listen to background music has been promised for some time, as noted by platform head Mike Ybarra in our interview with him back in November:
The fact that we're still waiting for background music is hopefully a matter of priorities. Mike Ybarra previously noted that the studio is working on two or three backwards compatibility-tier features in terms of complexity. With that in mind, the reason background music could be taking so long is because the team is working on something even more grand. Although that could also be a case of wishful thinking.
Mike Ybarra tweeted to say that we'll hear something about February's Xbox One update "soon", and we know that it'll at least include the ability to view a party's participants without joining.
How important is background music to you? Let us know in the comments, or drop a vote on the Xbox One UserVoice page.
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Did MS not realize how loved this was when making the One?
And what MS do for that???
They kill xbox 360 devs eat them and they hire stoned monkeys for xbox one to make DDR3ram instead DDR5,900p resolution.When PS4 runs 1080 and pc 1444p.
Im an xbox user from 2003 and this is the 1st time that i want to delete from my mind xbox console
HOPE next time Ms bring back our glorius xbox pc killer!!!