April 08, 2014, 6:05 AM —
Starting sometime today the Xbox One gets another feature missing from the Playstation 4: the ability to upload game videos directly to YouTube. Before the change, you could save captured video to your
SkyDrive OneDrive and then head to a PC to do whatever you wanted with it. It worked, and it was better than Sony's solution of only allowing gamers to share video to Facebook, but once the update rolls out you'll be able to use the Xbox One's YouTube app to upload direct from the console. You can find more details at Xbox Wire.
It's worth noting that Sony has announced an upcoming firmware update that will allow you to save video to a thumbdrive, which would've put it close to parity with the Xbox One when it comes to sharing, but now they're back to playing catch-up. Both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 allow live streaming to Twitch.tv but only the Xbox One lets you archive those streams. Sony needs to keep working in order to keep up with Microsoft when it comes to sharing gameplay videos.
On the other hand, Microsoft needs to keep working in order to keep up with Sony when it comes to offering games to play on the console; this post-launch game drought is lingering far too long. TitanFall is old news now, Microsoft. What's next?
Microsoft isn't content to depend on games, though; they're also busy producing original video content for display on the Xbox One. Engadget breaks down a listing of the shows in production and in development. Of most interest to me are the Halo TV series announced last year at E3 and being executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and a sci-fi show called Humans. It's a pretty safe bet you'll need an Xbox Live Gold membership in order to enjoy these shows when they start arriving in June.
Gaming and tech blogs are squeezing a lot of coverage out of a short statement made at the Build conference last week. In answer to a question about whether there are plans for Xbox 360 emulation on the Xbox One, Microsoft Partner Development Lead Frank Savage said:
There are, but we’re not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately. It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff. So there’s nothing to announce, but I would love to see it myself.
From that statement was born many optimistic headlines about Microsoft considering Xbox 360 emulation. I'm sure Microsoft is considering lots of things but I wouldn't get too excited just yet. If you want to learn more Ars Technica is as good a place as any to start.
So after all this new info, are you ready to buy an Xbox One? Well Target is running a good deal, according to Polygon. Buy the TitanFall or Forza 5 bundles for $500 (Polygon says $449.99 but the Target site says $499.99) and get a year of Xbox Live Gold membership for free.
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