You Can Connect PlayStation 4 to Xbox One
Xbox One won’t block the PlayStation 4’s feed.
This week during a presentation at the Tokyo Game Show, Xbox senior
director of product management and planning Albert Panello was asked if
the Xbox One would support the video feed of Sony’s PlayStation 4. He
did not answer the question directly, but revealed the connection later on in the presentation. For the record, the Xbox One’s HDMI pass-through port will supposedly support any HDMI device, hence the PS4 question.
According to Gamespot, Panello eventually began showing the Xbox
One’s ability to snap applications to the side of the screen during
gameplay. “Any application can be snapped to a game…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,” he said. Obviously either he has no
idea what games are in the Xbox library, or threw in a PlayStation
connectivity hint. We’re hoping for the latter.
The news seemingly indicates that Microsoft has no plans to block the
PlayStation 4 video signal when connected to Xbox One. Microsoft
currently imagines a customer who plans to connect their cable or
satellite TV set-top-box so that the Xbox One can transform into an
interactive TV experience; thus owners can play their games and watch
HDTV without having to switch HDMI inputs. In a sense, console gamers
upgrading their Xbox 360 could preserve backwards compatibility by
keeping the older model and connecting it to the Xbox One via the HDMI
Sony just revealed during the Tokyo Game Show that it will not
prevent PlayStation 4 owners from capturing video via the console’s HDMI
port. The current third-generation model uses HDCP copy protection over
an HDMI connection, forcing gamers wanting to record gameplay footage
to use analog cables like component. While the details are scarce about
how the new console handles copyright via HDMI, the PlayStation 4 allows
users to stream and record gameplay.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 console arrives here in the States on November
15 for $399.99 USD, followed by Microsoft’s Xbox One console on November
22 for $499.99 USD.