You Can Play An Xbox 360 Through An Xbox One Through An Xbox One

You Can Play An Xbox 360 Through An Xbox One Through An Xbox One

Ever since we heard about the Xbox One's HDMI input feature — which is intended to route HDMI devices like a cable box through it and "snap" to that program — I've been excited to put it to the test. Could we play another Xbox One through an Xbox One? What about an Xbox 360 hooked into an Xbox One which is itself hooked up to a second Xbox One? Xbox Inception?

Take a look at how well it works:

Now if that's all too insane for you. Hell, if that's a tad confusing, here's a simpler chain. This is what you get when you hook up a Wii U to an Xbox One.

You Can Play An Xbox 360 Through An Xbox One Through An Xbox One

You can play one through the other! Now, you wouldn't want to play Saint's Row IV through three consoles. Trust us. There's lag. We're also not sure it all looks quite as nice. But for now we're just having fun. And, remember, Microsoft doesn't officially push the Xbox One as a machine that should be used for chaining game consoles. Consider this just a parlor trick.

One final note: Because of the PS4's HDCP encryption, you actually can't play Killzone on Xbox One (for now).

UPDATE: We apparently had another bug in our setup causing our PS4 not to work. After re-testing, we confirmed you CAN view HDCP protected content through your Xbox One. Here's Killzone running on ours:

You Can Play An Xbox 360 Through An Xbox One Through An Xbox One


    How long before we see an Xbox One version of the Human Centipede?

    Digital a** to mouth :/

      I want to see some math genius work out how many Xbones you can link together at 1080p before you reach a single line of pixels on the dash and can’t display anymore.

      Then I want someone to build that.

        For some inexplicable reason, I would help Kickstart such an effort - so long as afterwards, all the XBoxes got given to kids in need this Christmas.

    Yep, all of these articles "articles" are completely justified, and each one just as amazing as the last. If not more.

    Was planning this anyway - the trick will be logging into both at once and playing the same game simultaneously.

    Last edited 21/11/13 10:05 am

      I believe this will create a singularity which in turn will wipe out all known life on earth.

    If you plug the Xbox One into itself a black hole forms in your living room.

    Can you please not create a wormhole in time and space on launch-eve. I don't want to die this close to the next gen.

    I would LOVE something like this on my PC, for my consoles.

    but why? is this a 'just 'cause we can' type scenario?

      Yes. Boys and toys. These guys have already had the time to review the consoles, so they are just testing probable theories. (Also the question of chaining Xbox ones to themselves would have to have been brought up at some stage)

      Also, I would feel pretty darn good to have a "First" on the internet like this one.

        I like a tinker...I have a rotary phone connected through a series of gadgets to get it to work with my VoIP. Efficient? No, but I can at least do something useful with it (make/receive calls). I just don't get the point...when there's no point.

    Wouldn't the lag be intolerable?

      Why would plugging a hdmi input cause lag?

        IDK. Some MS engineer or something recommended against putting one systems through the Xbox One when asked if the PS4 could be played though the One.

    I've got a HDMI splitter, what if I plugged one into my tv and one back into my xbox one? Oh dear god. ..

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