Yes, you really can play PS4 games inside the Xbox One's dashboard

You may remember a couple of months ago that Microsoft claimed that people could connect a PlayStation 4 to an Xbox One's HDMI In port and, as a result, play games from Sony's console inside Microsoft's machine. Now that the Xbox One review embargo has lifted, there are a few videos that are popping up on the Internet that show this rather cool feature of the Xbox One in motion.

One of the videos comes from the Tetra Ninja YouTube channel, which shows the PS4's main interface running inside the Xbox One's dashboard. The video then shows how the Xbox One handles when the PS4 is actually playing a game, in this case the sci-fi shooter "Killzone Shadow Fall."

The video shows several minutes of gameplay filmed while it was shown in the Xbox One's UI. On the whole it looks better than imagined; there's little in the way of visible lag or latency and even the narrator says it is not unplayable. However, he does say that playing "Killzone Shadow Fall" inside the Xbox One is not as smooth compared to playing the game hooked up directly to a TV.

The HDMI In feature could also be used for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U consoles, or indeed any device that has an HDMI connection. However, this is more of a nice parlor trick than anything else. Even Microsoft has said that the latency issues will not give console owners a good gaming experience.

Source: Tetra Ninja on YouTube

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Replace cool with utterly pointless and I think we might be a bit closer to a real description of this "feature"

But the question is, why would you ruin the picture quality by putting it through an Xbox One? Might as well just play the game natively through your PS4 on your TV, which outputs at higher resolutions for some games anyways...

I'm not sure I understand. Aside from the "look, it's possible" factor, what's the point? Unless I'm mistaken you still need both consoles, and while the lag might be negligible it would still make more sense to use the PS4 to play PS4 games, and the Xbox One to play Xbox games.

Well, the point is that, through Xbox One Snap, you can be running Xbox One Games/Apps at the same time as you use games/apps on another console. Yeah, it's a little hard to play 2 games at once, but maybe if 2 friends wanted to share the TV screen but with different games?

Also, it's for people who already have another HD console in addition to an Xbox One.

MASTER260 said,
Well, the point is that, through Xbox One Snap, you can be running Xbox One Games/Apps at the same time as you use games/apps on another console. Yeah, it's a little hard to play 2 games at once, but maybe if 2 friends wanted to share the TV screen but with different games?

Also, it's for people who already have another HD console in addition to an Xbox One.

What would happen to the sound in this case?

-adrian- said,
Yo Dawg - I head you like the xbox so we have put the xbox in the xbox so you can play while you play

Oh ffs I literally just typed that then saw your post just below, apologies.

How long will it take to see an Xbox One in an Xbox One in an Xbox One in an Xbox One in an Xbox One in an Xbox One in an Xbox One in an Xbox One in an Xbox One in an Xbox One in an Xbox One in an Xbox One in an Xbox One?

I want to see 10 Xboxes all connected to each other. And then you have to guess which one is the lead Xbox. It'd be like staring into mirrors inside elevators and going... whoa (we've all done it)

Wasn't there an image with an Xbox 360 running on an Xbox One, running on an Xbox One? Would be awesome to daisy chain like a dozen Xbox Ones, just to create the tunnel vision effect.

FloatingFatMan said,
Well duh! ANYTHING with HDMI out can be shown on the XB1's dashboard, including ITSELF. Why are people wowed by this?

I was thinking the same thing, some people just don't have knowledge in electronic, of course it will bypass anything connected, it's an hdmi pass-through . If you connect a video camera it will show the video, if you connect a Blu-ray player it will show the video. if you connect an old super Nintendo with a composite to hdmi converter it will show the game.

Slammers said,
My god, a box with input, can display another boxes output? This changes everything!

Seriously. Better not tell these people about AV receivers, or picture-in-picture, or they're gonna have a meltdown.