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TGS 2013: Any HDMI Device Can Be Plugged Into Xbox One, Even a PS4/WiiU

Posted by Anthony Bacchus

Microsoft confirms players can multi-task between two different consoles

Well, this sure is an interesting bit of news for you. Today during their Tokyo Game Show presentation, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One's HDMI pass-through port will support any HDMI device including Blu-Ray players, cable boxes and even a PlayStation 4 and WiiU console.

So theoretically, you can feed the HDMI cord coming from the rival console(s) to the HDMI-in at the back of the Xbox One, which would result in a machine that can multi-task between one console and back to another. Microsoft executive Albert Panello confirmed this during the presentation when discussing the Xbox One's ability to snap between different applications:

"Any application can be snapped to a game... so if you wanted to be playing Ryse and Killzone at the same time, you could snap that."

What this means is that one person can be playing an Xbox One game while the other can play a PS4 game by splitting the screens in two. Any HDMI-capable console will do, including the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

We can't help but feel intrigued by the possibilities here. Even though the Xbox One doesn't support backwards compatibility, plugging in an Xbox 360 through the HDMI-in basically solves that problem. What HDMI device will you be attaching to your shiny new Xbox One on November 22nd? Leave us a comment below.


User Comments (7)



FullbringIchigo said:

that's quite cool actually but I have 4 HDMI ports on my TV any way and I'm only useing 2 (PS3 and WiiU 360 is using a component cable) so I won't be connecting any other console to it I can just change the channel

still it's a fun little idea



kensredemption said:

I only have two HDMI ports on my 32" Sony Bravia and since I can stream from my PS4 itself, I just hook up my Wii U to my XBO and workaround having to buy more capture cards.

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