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Xbox mobile app will let you share game content as Snapchat-style Stories

Microsoft is updating the Xbox mobile app on iOS and Android to allow you to share your game time in Snapchat-style chat, the company announced. Gameplay, photography, and achievements are all compatible with the new sharing feature, which can be accessed by clicking the “+” button next to your gamertag on your Xbox home screen. The data will then be displayed on your profile within 72 hours. There are also new network management features coming to Xbox.

Stories all erupted a few years ago, with everyone from Instagram, LinkedIn and Spotify imitating the style of their apps. While the trend seems to have slowed down recently with a focus on TikTok-recording feed, I can see how the Stories feature here makes sense – Video games are visually neutral and Stories are a great way to show the full picture. That said, it’s a little weird to see a video player taking another small slide on the phone screen in the Microsoft image above.

New QoS options
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Along with the new Xbox app logo, Microsoft has also announced a new Quality of Service (QoS) feature on Xbox consoles. It is designed to prioritize traffic-prone traffic such as multiplayer games or party chats, and can be found at the top of the Network settings menu. However, Microsoft support page says the feature will need to support your home router or ISP network, and warns that it could cause problems for some networks.

Microsoft’s announcement post says that Storytelling feature is now live in Australia, and should come in several states “several.”