Let’s face it, the Xbox Snap feature sucked. I mean really sucked. It looked horrible. It made the frame-rate of both games and the thing you’d snapped drop. Half the time it took forever to load, and crashed before it even opened.
But, despite all of that, it was still a great idea. For those people who might want to watch the football whilst playing their favourite game. Or let the other half catch up on last night’s EastEnders whilst you kick back and play some Xbox. The concept of Xbox Snap was solid, it was just the delivery that sucked. But if you’re OK with a slightly laggy looking game, or TV show, then I don’t see the issue in using it.
I used Xbox Snap once or twice, but quickly realised that it was a broken feature – like quite a few of the Xbox’s features at the time, out of the box that is. So the announcement that Microsoft has removed Snap doesn’t faze me. What does unnerve me a little, though, is that they didn’t fix nor replace it. If a feature’s broken, do something about it. Don’t just get rid of it without a contingency.
That’s what has annoyed quite a few people. Well, quite a few people on Twitter. But we all know that Twitter isn’t necessarily the most accurate representation of the opinions of the general population. You can find a number of those Tweets here.
So clearly a few people care about Xbox Snap. Those people being the vocal few, of course. It’s worth remembering that not a lot of people use the feature – but that those who do use it will probably use it most days.
Snap might have taken up some of the Xbox’s processing power, just to have the feature lying unused by the majority. But I’m OK with that. I doubt it took up much space, or that not having it will improve the console a great deal. But for those who use it, it’s fine to keep it. It’s not harming anyone, is it.
But what do you think? Are you pleased that Microsoft are trimming the fat from the console? Or do you think that it’s a crappy move from Microsoft to remove, and not replace, a feature that a good number of people like to use? Let me know in the comments below!