Screenshots. They are a prime example of something that nobody gave a second thought to, and now it is a part of our daily lives. From phones to tablets and even computers, you can take a screenshot of virtually anything. However, when it comes to gaming, desktop gamers used to be the only ones able to take screenshots of their gameplay.
Until March 2015, there was no way to take screenshots on your Xbox One. However, Microsoft has added this feature, so now you can capture specific moments of your gameplay in all of its glory. It is a straightforward process, and by following these steps, you will be taking screenshots and sharing them with the masses in no time.
How to Screenshot on Xbox One
The first thing you will want to do is make sure your Xbox is up to date with the latest system update. If your Xbox is not up to date, you might not be able to take screenshots on it.
Next, you should open whatever game it is that you want to take a screenshot of.
Keep playing the game until the perfect moment comes that you want to take a screenshot of. Maybe it is a really awesome kill in Halo or a new high score you want to show off.
Make sure you do not skip right over what you want to take a screenshot of. I know most of the time when I finish an online game of Halo or any number of other games, I do not look at the stats page for very long, even if I know I played an awesome game. I usually skip right over it. Of course, this is the last thing you want to do if you intend to take a screenshot, so be careful.
Double-tap the Xbox button on your controller.
I am not sure if this is the technical name for the button, but I call it. It is the big round button with an X on it located at the top of your controller in the center.
Lastly, press the yellow Y button, and your screenshot is complete. If you have an Xbox, you already know where this button is. However, if for some reason you do not, it is located on the right side of your controller, at the top of the diamond arrangement of buttons.
How to Take a Screenshot on Xbox One with Xbox Kinect
It is already super easy to take a screenshot on an Xbox 1, but it is even easier if you have Kinect. With Kinect, all you have to do is yell out, “Xbox, take a screenshot.” It is as simple as that.
I prefer to use Kinect to take my screenshots because you can do it a lot quicker and without potentially messing up your gameplay. However, both methods are super easy to execute, so I would play around and practice both ways to try and figure out what works best for you.
How to Share Your Screenshot
What good is a screenshot if you do not share it with anyone? This tutorial would not be complete without me showing you how to share the screenshots you take.
Go to the main menu
Open the Upload Studio app. From here, you can share and manage all of your screenshots.
Choose the Manage Captures option.
Find and open the screenshot that you desire to share.
Press the Menu button.
The Menu button is small below, and to the right of the Xbox button, it depicts three horizontal lines.
Next, select Share. From here, you can share your screenshot on various social media platforms, such as Twitter. It can also be shared via OneDrive, private messaging, or shared with your Xbox activity feed and your personal Showcase.
As you can tell, you have tons of options when it comes to sharing your screenshots. So you can show off to all your friends and followers on social media.
If you want to make one of your screenshots your background, this can easily be done.
Instead of opening the Upload Studio, open the Upload app.
Select My Captures.
Open the screenshot that you want to set as your background.
Press the Menu button.
Lastly, you are going to want to select the Set as Background option from the popup menu.
Now you have successfully set your awesome screenshot as your background, and you can see it every single time you use your Xbox One.
Some Tips to Remember
Although you now know how to do three different things, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind.
- To be able to take screenshots, you must have the latest system update. To make sure you have the latest update, go to your Settings, select System, and select Update Console. This should get your Xbox console up to date and let you take screenshots.
- A screenshot only captures what is on the screen at the exact moment you take the screenshot. If you want to capture more than just a split second, say a few seconds or minutes, you will need to use the built-in video capture feature. There is a whole separate process you have to go through to capture video, but it can be easily done.
- This method of taking screenshots will only work on the Xbox One console. If you have an Xbox 360 that you want to take a screenshot on, you will have to go through another separate process. It is slightly more complicated, but it can be done.
- Practice makes perfect. If you cannot capture the exact moment you want to begin with, keep practicing. You will eventually get faster, and you will be able to do it with your eyes closed.
- Please don’t overdo it. A lesson that I learned the hard way is that not everyone wants to see tons of screenshots of your gaming. So take as many as you want, maybe don’t share all of them.