Piss about with Kinect
Did you grab the Kinect with your Xbox One? Despite not really doing what it’s supposed to do, it is an impressive piece of kit. The camera can see in night vision and infrared and all sorts, as seen in Paranormal Activity 4. More importantly, it lets you control the TV without moving. How far can you push an offensive accent before it stops hearing “Xbox, volume up”?
Snap some telly
With your TV running through it, or an app like Youtube or Netflix, the Xbox can ‘snap’ something to the edge of the screen, letting you watch something while you play, or use a youtube walkthrough as you do the bit of the game. Most usefully, you can watch TRON Legacy the way it was intended: with the sound off, as a Daft Punk music video.
Record your games
After an impressive moment, or an amusing glitch, or anything really, you can save a clip to upload to youtube, facebook or wherever. With Twitch you can stream live, even using the Kinect to show yourself in the stream. Reckon you’re the new Gaming Sensation? You absolutely are not, but why not give it a try anyway? Can’t hurt. Can’t hurt you, anyway. Might hurt whoever has to listen to your nonsense.
Play your Wii U
When you tell your Xbox to watch TV, what it’s doing is showing you the footage coming through the HDMI input. Sure, that could be the telly. Or it could be your Nintendo Wii U. Fancy some Mario Kart? Crack on! It could even be another Xbox One. And plugged into that Xbox One could be an Xbox One. And plugged into that Xbox One…