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Xbox One designed for horizontal orientation, won’t block PS4’s video signal

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As we inch closer to the release of Microsoft’s newest entertainment console, the Xbox One, new details about the device have been unveiled. During the Tokyo Game Show last week, the Xbox senior director of product management and planning, Albert Panello, revealed indirectly that the Xbox One will not block the PS4’s video signal. On top of that, the console does not support vertical orientation.

During the event, Panello was asked if the Xbox One would allow a video feed from the PlayStation 4 via the HDMI port. Panello didn’t answer directly but later stated that any application could 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,” he explained.

Unless Panello was confused, Killzone is a first-person shooter game series exclusive to Sony consoles. If this is correct, then the Xbox One will not block the PlayStation 4’s video signal, if one wanted to do such a thing.

As for the vertical orientation, Panello added that a cooling problem wasn’t the issue, but that the Xbox One wasn’t designed to be vertical. “We don’t support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk… it wouldn’t be a cooling problem, we just didn’t design the drive for vertical. Because it’s a slot loading drive, we just didn’t design it for both,” he explained. Panello also stated that 80% of people have their Xbox 360 devices horizontally.

The Xbox One is set to launch November 22nd.

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