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Xbox One screenshots: What I know for sure after giving ’em a go

I’ve made the internet angry after being concerned that Xbox One screenshots may carry a watermark. Yikes.

Since that article, I’ve been able to successfully download the Preview Program update and I have taken several screenshots in a variety of games. Below is a list of what I can absolutely confirm about screenshots as part of the update right. This. Second.

  • You can take a screenshot by double-tapping the Guide button (the one that looks like the Xbox logo) and then hitting the Y button. Check the image above for what the UI looks like solely using a controller.
  • You can also take a screenshot by using Kinect, saying, “Xbox, take a screenshot”.
  • You get an Xbox toast (the thing that pops up along the bottom of the screen) to confirm a screenshot has been taken. It’s exactly the same thing that happens when you use the GameDVR to record a clip.
  • You cannot take screenshots of general Xbox UI. As examples, this means you can’t take a screenshot on the Xbox One’s Home menu, using the Upload app, etc.
  • When you’ve something in Snapped mode (like Achievements, Party, etc), a screenshot of the main, larger window will only be taken.
  • For the moment, at least, nothing can be done with the screenshots. They can’t be shared to OneDrive or any other platform. They can’t be edited in Upload Studio. I have a feeling this will change before actual March update (or else, what’s the point).
  • I’ve an unofficial confirmation from Xbox that the watermark will not appear on screenshots, though I’m still chasing up official word.

That’s about it. Any questions about the functionality that you want to ask? Hit me up below.

Update: Here’s the finished product, shared to Twitter from the Upload app:



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