Your Xbox One And PS4 Can Hook Up

Your Xbox One And PS4 Can Hook Up

This is it, guys. The console wars are over. Your PS4 and Xbox One don't need to fight — they can hook up instead.

See, the next Xbox has an HDMI-in port, so you can plug in an HDMI cord and output video from another device, like your TV cable box, and run it through the Xbox One. This is designed to facilitate some of the Xbox One's cool multi-tasking features, like the whole Snap thing, but you can even use it for outputting video from rival consoles, according to Microsoft's Albert Penello.

"Any application can be snapped to a game," Penello said, according to GameSpot. "This could be the live TV feed, so if you wanted to be playing Ryse and Killzone at the same time, you could snap that."

Killzone, of course, is a PS4 game. That means you can use the Xbox One's multi-tasking features to switch back and forth between both consoles' games. If they're hooked up.

So what else does this mean for you? Say you want to capture PS4 gameplay on a device like the Elgato — a feature that won't be supported at launch, according to Sony's Shuhei Yoshida. Hypothetically, you could plug the Elgato into your Xbox One and capture gameplay from that feed instead.

And what about your Xbox 360? Or your Wii U? The possibilities are pretty interesting.


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    I'd be more impressed if there were games where Xbone and PS4 players could vs. each other. Are there?

    But then you'd probably get Microsoft and Sony trying to get developers to give their platform a tiny advantage. The fanboi wars would be more interesting though - they could move out of the forums and onto the field of battle :D

    Last edited 21/09/13 9:58 am

      I assume servers for both PSN and Xbox Live always sit inside those specific networks and there would have to be some exceptions made or agreement between the two parties so that a third could run servers across both networks?

      Anyone know more? I have minimal technical experience with Live and that's about it so I've got no idea.

        I can't remember what game it was I know it was an RTS though, but pc could vs xbox, it of course was a game designed by Microsoft, I think if anything it's simply to do with licensing and legal issues, especially if in the end it somehow shows a better "community or skill base" for one console, not likely that it would though.

        Steamworks could be the answer here - I'm fairly sure that PS3 and PC gamers could play Portal 2 together.

          Correct. Valve even gave PS3 gamers a free copy of the PC version to play with a friend.

      I'd be more impressed if there were games where Xbone and PS4 players could vs. each other. Are there?No, and there never will be because Microsoft policy forbids games from allowing cross-platform connectivity. It's why there is no FF XIV on X360 or XBone. FFXI has been about the only exception that Microsoft made to that rule.

    Nicee. Start off with a lil bit of PS4play, and then get down to some Xboning....
    (edit: I realise my statement probably has little relevance to the article. The headline just sent my head to bad places)

    Last edited 21/09/13 10:04 am

      And after some 4play and xboning you will get some Wii little ones.

    Microsoft are spoilt brats, and won't play with anyone else. Playstation and PC are great friends, and often invite Xbox to play, but he's at that awkward stage where he'd rather play with himself.

      “This could be the live TV feed, so if you wanted to be playing Ryse and Killzone at the same time, you could snap that.” it seems like microsoft are more then happy to play nice with sony.

        I'm thinking more Final Fantasy XIV, where PS3 and PC had cross platform play, and Xbox refused to be a part of that, and hence no 360 version. http://kotaku.com/final-fantasy-xiv-isnt-coming-to-xbox-because-of-a-sil-723669207

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    Shouldn't MS be saying that no-one will be playing Killzone, they'll be playing Halo, or something?

    I think I will just stick with the hdmi ports on my tv

    But what sort of latency would the Xbox add to whatever you plug into its HDMI in port? For television, the latency doesn't really matter much, but for interactive content like games it could be a problem.

    why do you need both? If history serves right anything worth getting on xbox comes out eventually on pc and ps has all the better exclusives plus everything the xbox gets. And I don't like halo enough to buy a dedicated machine for it

    So what else does this mean for you? Say you want to capture PS4 gameplay on a device like the Elgato — a feature that won’t be supported at launch, according to Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida. Hypothetically, you could plug the Elgato into your Xbox One and capture gameplay from that feed instead.I wonder if that's really true though. I'm not any expert so I may not understand it correctly but the reason your Elgato or other capture device doesn't work with the HDMI port is because the PS3 applies HDCP (A protocol designed to stop man-in-the-middle captures) to games which means it won't allow it to go through a device that doesn't handle the protocol (You need to be certified to get a transmission key).

    While the XBone does not apply HDCP to its games, they have said nothing about the HDMI in, nor the "Snap-to" functionality, meaning that it may simply re-transmit the HDCP signal through to the TV, still rendering your capture device useless.

    Last edited 21/09/13 7:12 pm

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