TGS 2013: Play PS4 Via Your Xbox One But Don’t Stand It Vertically
As news goes this threw me off balance due to the pure bizarreness of it. Seriously, why can’t I stand my Xbox One up vertically? Oh, thought I was thrown by the fact that Microsoft made it possible play on your PS4 through your Xbox One? So did I.
Microsoft’s senior director of product management and planning Albert Penello has warned prospective Xbox One owners to keep the console horizontal or stand it vertical at their own risk.
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Speaking with Gamespot, Penello confirmed that the matter stems from the console’s disc-slot, and is not a cooling issue. He told the site, “We don’t support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk. It wouldn’t be a cooling problem, we just didn’t design the drive for vertical. Because it’s a slot loading drive, we just didn’t design it for both”.
He added, “We found, interestingly enough, that 80 percent of people, believe it or not, have their Xbox  horizontally”.
It’s odd but given the size of that thing, keeping it horizontal seems like the best option regardless. Most people I know keep their console horizontal in any case.
Now, Microsoft wants the Xbox One to be a central hub for all your home entertainment needs so it makes sense for it to have an HDMI pass-through for “any HDMI device”. This means the plugged in device can be accessed from the Xbox One dashboard. When asked at Microsoft’s TGS presentation if this extended to the PS4, Penello skirted the question.
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.”
I don’t think I need to tell you that Killzone is a PlayStation franchise.
This is rather odd. If you happen to own both consoles then you can plug your PS4 HDMI out cable into your Xbox One and switch between the two consoles seamlessly. If you’re feeling adventurous you could even use picture-in-picture to play inFamous and Forza 5 at the same time on the same TV. The weirdest part is probably accessing your PS4 from the Xbox One dashboard. Somehow that feels dirty to me.
Regardless, this is a neat little bit of functionality for those of you who will eventually own both consoles.