4 PS4 features that the Xbox One needs

I recently wrote an article looking at some of the Xbox One’s features which would work well on the PS4. So, in the balance of fairness, I thought I’d highlight some PS4 features that would improve the Xbox One.

Stream to YouTube

When it comes to creating video content around the games you play, the PlayStation has always lead the way. The Xbox One was playing catch-up a bit, when it came to creating and capturing game DVR, but it’s now caught up. However, with the PlayStation you’re now able to stream your games straight to YouTube. With the Xbox One, you can currently only stream to Twitch. I’ve got nothing against Twitch, but I’m a much bigger fan of YouTube as a platform – plus, I like the idea of keeping all of my video content in one place.

Share Play

Share Play is awesome, and I’d love something similar on the Xbox One. At the moment, you have to own the game on the One for a friend to play it with you (online). That’s a bit awkward when I’m trying to convince my friends to play a game, when they’re hesitant to spend the money. If they could play via the internet, in my game, without having to own it, that would save me a lot of hassle and them a lot of money. It’s a great idea, and a wonderful way of keeping gamers joined up. You can find out all about Share Play here.

Dynamic Themes

Whilst I still think that the Xbox One’s custom and Achievement backgrounds shit all over the PS4’s themes, I am slightly enamoured by some of the dynamic themes on the PS4. The fact that they move is quite novel, so if we could have something similar on the Xbox One, that would be awesome. Maybe not necessarily just dynamic, but the ability to use GIFs could be cool too.

VR

So it’s less of a current feature, at least at the moment, and more of a generalisation about the Xbox One’s current peripherals. The Xbox One has the Kinect, and I’ve not been shy in saying how disappointing I think it is, of late at least. We’ll eventually be getting the opportunity to buy the HoloLens, which will be incredibly expensive, and probably out of the price range of many a gamer. PlayStation VR, however, is looking rather promising. I got to play it at EGX last year, and I was really impressed. The fact that it’s going to be relatively inexpensive, when you compare it to the alternatives, only makes it seem more desirable. So, if Microsoft could go and make an affordable peripheral for the Xbox One – maybe a half way house between the HoloLens – that would be super.

So there are my four features… well, three current features and one that’s on its way… on the PS4 that I’d like to see on the Xbox One. Have I missed anything out? Let me know in the comments below!

  • ShowanW

    Not bad feature list… but Xbox doesn’t NEED them…

  • ShowanW

    Not bad feature list… but Xbox doesn’t NEED them…

  • NARDDAWG TGMTEL

    play music in the background

  • NARDDAWG TGMTEL

    play music in the background

  • Kline

    Xbox needs a feature that even the ps3 had of being able to individually check for an update to a game simply by clicking on it without the need for the disc to be in the console. PS3 and ps4 can do this even when not signed in to your account. Im not talking about a auto update feature either since both consoles can do that Im referring to a manual update for a single game to check if that game has a update available to download and without the need of being signed in to an account or a disc in the console.

    • Malacath

      Actually xbox can’t do automatic updates if you are using energy saving mode. You have to put up with prompts.

      • Chimya

        Not referring to that option. They were stating the option that PS3 & PS4 users have of simply highlighting the game icon whether the disc is in the console or signed in to account or not and simply going to check for update on a single game. Many users dont like the option of auto updates for all games and system or the need to have to load a game on xbox for it to then detect whether it needs a update or not.

  • Kline

    Xbox needs a feature that even the ps3 had of being able to individually check for an update to a game simply by clicking on it without the need for the disc to be in the console. PS3 and ps4 can do this even when not signed in to your account. Im not talking about a auto update feature either since both consoles can do that Im referring to a manual update for a single game to check if that game has a update available to download and without the need of being signed in to an account or a disc in the console.

    • Malacath

      Actually xbox can’t do automatic updates if you are using energy saving mode. You have to put up with prompts.

      • Chimya

        Not referring to that option. They were stating the option that PS3 & PS4 users have of simply highlighting the game icon whether the disc is in the console or signed in to account or not and simply going to check for update on a single game. Many users dont like the option of auto updates for all games and system or the need to have to load a game on xbox for it to then detect whether it needs a update or not.

  • Malacath

    The only ps4 feature xbox needs in my opinion is not listed in the article.
    It’s the automatic update system.
    The automatic update system only works on xbox one if you are using instant on mode. Those of us who use energy saving have to put up with update prompts when starting games.
    My ps4 on the other hand checks for updates to game whenever I switch it on and automatically downloads them. It can even download 2 updates at the same time.
    While I do prefer my xbox one overall I massively dislike the update system on it. It’s been totally designed around instant on mode.

  • Malacath

    The only ps4 feature xbox needs in my opinion is not listed in the article.
    It’s the automatic update system.
    The automatic update system only works on xbox one if you are using instant on mode. Those of us who use energy saving have to put up with update prompts when starting games.
    My ps4 on the other hand checks for updates to game whenever I switch it on and automatically downloads them. It can even download 2 updates at the same time.
    While I do prefer my xbox one overall I massively dislike the update system on it. It’s been totally designed around instant on mode.

  • Conner Beckingsale

    Pretty much the entire UI of the PS4 on Xbox, the fact that I need to go to a sub menu inside a menu to select my games is absolute crap.

  • Conner Beckingsale

    Pretty much the entire UI of the PS4 on Xbox, the fact that I need to go to a sub menu inside a menu to select my games is absolute crap.

  • The SheEti

    Share play was actually one of the original features albeit slightly altered and that people you have in your family would be able to play the games you have. That was until people started moaning about the always online stuff

  • The SheEti

    Share play was actually one of the original features albeit slightly altered and that people you have in your family would be able to play the games you have. That was until people started moaning about the always online stuff

  • BlacKJesu5

    Enjoy your Xbox.

  • BlacKJesu5

    Enjoy your Xbox.