Those who plan on owning both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, yet have no idea how they'll fit amongst existing hardware (virtually everything connects via HDMI these days, yet most displays only sport a small handful of ports), were all excited by a revelation made during Microsoft's Tokyo Game Show presentation.
MS stated that the Xbox One's HDMI pass-through would support pretty much any kind of device that sends out a video/audio feed via HDMI. Including the PS4.
According to GameSpot, Albert Penello, senior director of product management and planning at Xbox, noted the One's ability to snap applications to the side of the screen while playing Xbox One games. Yes, even PS4 games:
"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."
"Ryse" is a Xbox One exclusive, and "Killzone" is strictly a PlayStation property, for those who weren't aware.
Anyhow, the discovery certainly makes up for the news that Panello also delivered at TGS, about how the Xbox One should not be operated in a vertical position.
Not only is the very idea of being able to boot up a PS4 game within the Xbox One environment rather mind-blowing, it's also super convenient. Also, too good to be true.
Penello would later state, on NeoGAF, that while the set-up is still doable, it just won't work very well:
"I'll get back with a more detailed story, but long story short it won't be a great experience, and I indicated as much in the interview which wasn't included. HDMI latency is fine for video feeds, but not great interactive.
Its also funny to me that this was basically a quick question I was asked after a UI demo, which I answered, but its written like I made a big deal about it…"
Apparently the news source forgot to mention that last part, about playing games not being such a good idea, due to latency. Despite him suggesting it was cool originally.
One also has to chuckle (or roll one's eyes, you choice what you feel is best) that Penello didn't think being ably to hook up the PS4 to the Xbox One would be a big deal. Sure Albert, whatever you say.