Skype gets an updated Xbox One app with some new features

Skype for Xbox One is getting an all-new app with the Xbox One Creators Update that brings the Universal Windows Platform version of Skype to Microsoft’s gaming console.

The app is now built on the same base as the PC and mobile versions, but offers its own unique visual style to better fit in with other Xbox One apps. You’ll still need a Kinect to make video calls, although audio calls will work over any headset connected to an Xbox controller. The updated Skype also offers video calls for up to five simultaneous users, or audio calls with up to 25 participants.

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One particularly interesting Xbox One-designed feature is auto zoom, where Skype will intelligently zoom in on a participant’s face, instead of broadcasting a wide shot of your entire living room.

The new Skype for Xbox One is available as an update through the Xbox One app store today.

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