Background music support for the Xbox One is a feature that many owners have been asking for since the console launched in 2014. While Microsoft have been remarkably quiet on including it so far, despite the fact it is the biggest single request on their support forums, the company has now revealed that they are working on including it in the future but are taking their time to ensure they get it right.
Speaking in an interview with the TiC podcast, Xbox engineering chief Mike Ybarra spoke about how the company is approaching the addition of new features to the console, explaining that they would rather take their time to release something that is high quality. “Background music is on that list,” Ybarra said on the podcast. “Windows 10 will help us as we think about what’s the right away to deliver that. And we want to do it in a way that surprises fans.”
“As we look at background music and we figure out where does it fit and what’s the technical solution that makes sense, we want to make sure it’s something that pleases everybody. And certainly it’s on the list; certainly we’re looking at it, and it’s something we’d all like to have as well.”
That leaves gamers with having to use an inelegant solution for the foreseeable future. The only way to have background music playing while doing other tasks on the Xbox One is to use the snap feature and lose a third of your screen, allowing music apps and YouTube to play side by side with a game.