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 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.
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.
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!