PlayStation 4 will allow players to party chat with others who are not playing the same game as them through voice communications similar to Xbox 360’s version of Xbox Live service currently live today and seen throughout this long current generation of game consoles as an exclusive Xbox 360 feature. PlayStation Vita was the first Sony gaming device to allow this feature. Sony PS4 will allow gamers to also invite PlayStation Vita members to chat with them, though this feature tends to not be used much on the handheld gaming device (since it’s handheld after all). This is still an advanced and welcomed feature for those who would use it to keep in touch with friends while in the middle of gaming, and you wouldn’t have to be playing the same game, which is nice.
Xbox ONE will be using Party Chat similar to the Xbox 360 but with the added ability of SKYPE allowing you to talk to people who are not on game devices but in fact nearly two hundred million registered accounts belonging to gamers, non-gamers, and people of all kinds who use SKYPE on their smartphone, iPod Touch, Desktop Computer, Laptop, or a number of other devices which support the world’s largest text/voice/video instant messaging application. Xbox ONE will also allow for picture-in-picture action so that a small image of the person you’re talking to will be visible if they are using their camera while Skyping with you and you can continue playing your games while not missing out on the view. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to Party Chat with friends on Xbox 360 unless they use Skype through another device, but they’ll still be able to see what you’re playing via Friends List, you’ll still be able to see what they’re playing, and messages can still occur back and forth.
**Editor’s Note: When asked for further clarification on this, Sony had no comment but Aaron Greenberg of Microsoft has let us know on public social media that more features and services will be detailed / announced closer to the Xbox ONE’s launch near the end of the year, as many policies are still being brainstormed and decided on in order to provide the best and most unique experience they possibly can.**
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