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Watch TV and play game at same time on same screen

YellowOx

Standard Member
Xbox one allows you to "snap" more than one app onto your screen, splitting the screen. So you can play a game and watch tv at the same time. Which would be great when wanting to play a grindy game like poker or a RPG whilst wanting to keep track of the football score.
However I dont have £350 to buy an xbox one!
Is there any other way of doing this more cheaply, so you could run say an xbox 360 and tv on the same screen at the same time?

Sorry if this has been answered elsewhere, I did search.
 

dante01

Distinguished Member
You'd need to use a video mixer with PIP (picture in picture) capabilities or use a TV with its own inbuilt PIP abilities. A mixer will probably cost you as much as the XBox if not more?
 

dante01

Distinguished Member
or use the TV in the bedroom viewed via a clever arrangement of mirrors?


This is the kind of device you'd need:
CYP: 4-Way HDMI Switch with Integrated Picture-in-Picture (PIP) Technology

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Their primary purpose is for use with CCTV security cameras, allowing a single monitor to be used in conjunction with several cameras. The issue you'd have is that these devices aren't really orientated towards domestic use and you pay more if wanting HDMI and audio passthrough.
 

YellowOx

Standard Member
Thanks for all replies. Its a shame that PIP TV tech never really seemed to take off. Obviously at £1500 for a HDMI splitter Id be better off just getting a XB1.
 

dante01

Distinguished Member
Samsung TVs include it, but you can't use it to view one HDMI input while watching another. Nor can you watch an HDMI source while using the SMART features.
 

derickoo

Standard Member
They have one on Amazon.de at £36.70 from Germany
PC-Kabelwelt HDMI Switch Box 4-Way ( 4 x In 1 x Out) Active Intelligent Automatic 3D Changeover Switch with Remote Control plus Amplifier plus Power Supply plus Metal Casing plus 1.4 HDMI® High Speed with Ethernet HEAC plus HDMI A Connector plus Perfect Full HD Quality (4096 x 2160 Pixels) plus 1080p plus 3D Function 3D Standards 3D Transmission plus Network Functionality with Additional Internet / Ethernet Channel (100 MB/s) plus High-Speed Transmission up to 10.2 Gbit/s for All Picture and Sound Standards plus Integrated Audio Return Channel (ARC Audio Return Channel) plus Use of up to 4 Appliances (e.g. PS3, DVD / BlueRay Player, Xbox 360, Laptop, Sky HD) to a Projector / Plasma TV / LCD TV / LED TV 10 Year Guarantee Black.[/B]
Now i may be wrong.
 
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