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Xbox One Skype app updated to support Snap

Communication service now accessible while playing games

An update for Skype on Xbox One has been released to introduce Snap functionality to the application, according to DualShockers.

The update weighs in at 53mb and is accessed by launching the Skype app from the Xbox One dashboard.

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Xbox One users can tweak the volume of snapped in applications through the sound mixer found in the settings menu. This feature was introduced in the last major Xbox One system update.

Skype's group calling functionality recently became available for free to Xbox One, PC and Mac users, and allows up to ten people to take part in a single call session. Previously, group video calling was only available to Xbox One users with an Xbox Live Gold membership.

Skype calling requires an Xbox One Kinect sensor. Microsoft recently confirmed that it will release an Xbox One bundle without Kinect for the first time beginning next month.

From June 9, in all markets where the console is sold, the company will offer Xbox One without Kinect starting at $399 USD / £349 GBP, down from the original RRP of $499 USD / £425 GBP.

"To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision," said Xbox boss Phil Spencer.

"Many of you are using Kinect for Xbox One every day. In fact, more than 80 percent of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console.

"We will continue to offer a premium Xbox One with Kinect bundle to deliver voice and gesture controls, biometric sign-in, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such as Kinect Sports Rivals, Just Dance 2014, Project Spark and more."

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