The Xbox One’s HDMI Pass-Through Can Put a Console in Your Console

Microsoft confirmed that users could route a PlayStation 4 through the Xbox One's HDMI input.

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Although Microsoft has positioned the Xbox One’s HDMI pass-through as a way to watch TV from your cable box while playing video games, there’s actually no limit on what kind of signal the console can receive.

During the Tokyo Game Show, Microsoft confirmed that users could even route a PlayStation 4 through the console’s HDMI input. The Xbox One’s “Snap” feature, which lets any two apps side by side, could allow users to play the two systems in split-screen.

Here’s Gamespot, quoting Xbox senior director of product management and planning Albert Panello:

Later in the presentation, when Panello discussed the Xbox One’s ability to snap applications to the side of the screen during gameplay, he said “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.”

Killzone is a first-person shooter series exclusive to Sony consoles. The newest entry to the series, Killzone: Shadow Fall, is an upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive title.

The HDMI input on the Xbox One is mainly intended for your cable or satellite box. Users will be able to plug the HDMI output from those boxes into the Xbox One, which then sends a combined signal to the television over a single HDMI cable. The idea is that users can watch TV and play games without switching inputs.

But allowing other types of input raises some interesting possibilities. If you have an Apple TV, Roku or Chromecast, for instance, you could send them through the Xbox One to consolidate inputs and get split-screen viewing. You could connect an Xbox 360 to make up for the One’s lack of backwards compatibility. And now I’m wondering if you could have a friend plug in a second Xbox One for split-screen multiplayer over Xbox Live.

The Xbox One’s release date is set for November 22, priced at $500.

14 comments
Sir_KLZA
Sir_KLZA

couldn't i just get another tv?

JakeBoone
JakeBoone

I won't argue that the PS4 has some slight advantages in the hardware sector but with all that the Xbox One offers it is clearly the must buy out of the two. As the average gamer today is in his 30's a console must do more than just play games and Microsoft has proven that this beast does just that and more. I can't wait. 

dcr210
dcr210

you can already do online multiplayer with a split screen with just one xbox though... i used to play halo 2 with my brother, online with split screen using xbc all the time 

TomWood
TomWood

Who really needs to be that lazy?

AlexDaedric
AlexDaedric

Could I plug an Xbox One into an Xbox One, and then plug an Xbox One into that Xbox One?

JoshuaHale
JoshuaHale

but wouldnt the snap feature only be 1/4 of the screen? Im not gunna play a game on a 1/4 section of the screen...best it could do it 50/50. 
So 1/2 would be x1, and 2nd half ps4....JUST THINK ABOUT THE GAME/GRAPHIC COMPARISON VIDEOS THEN!!

mps85
mps85

Very nice indeed!

elex360
elex360

Wow very cool.  I've been wondering if you could watch tv and game at the same time doing this and now it looks like it's confirmed.  Now I'm intrigued by the idea of running the PS4 through it too.  That way I could play a game and my wife could watch a bluray at the same time.  Freaking awesome.  

Dry417
Dry417

The Xbox One is absolutely amazing.

newmanjb
newmanjb moderator

@dcr210 That's just because the Halo games have always supported that feature. Many other games do not. (GTA V comes to mind.)

JRO
JRO

@TomWood I really don't understand this way of thinking. Throughout history we have made innovations that make us "lazy". You can interchange the words "lazy" and "convenient". 


For example: Being able to switch games without changing disk can either be seen as lazy or convenient so you can just switch from your couch. 


If you honestly thing that this XBox HDMI thing is "laziness", I'm assuming you think the remote controller for TV is a terrible idea and that people should be getting up to change channels.

mr.showtime9
mr.showtime9

@JoshuaHale No, Snap will run just like it would on Windows 8.1, it could take up 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, or 1/8 of the screen

EddieODriscoll
EddieODriscoll

You know that it's optimised for dual screens. Wouldn't it be great to have a xbox between two TV screens and using the snap feature play a game on one while watching TV/ movie/ browsing on the other.. All running from the xb1