Xbox has something ahead of Apple: users are jealous

With the Xbox there is FaceTime on the TV, unfortunately not with the Apple TV. (Image source: GIGA)

On the Xbox there is a function of the iPhone, which Apple denies to customers on the in-house set-top box. How can this be and what is it all about? The statement reveals an apparent problem with the Apple TV.

Xbox Series X

who per FaceTime want to make a video call, you need an iPhone, an iPad or a Mac. Recently it also works with Android smartphones and Windows PCs and generally any device that has the Chrome or Edge browser and a camera connection.

FaceTime possible on Xbox

This is exactly what the Reddit user “u/JavonTEvans” is now taking advantage of, and he explains in a post how he did it Enable FaceTime on Xbox Series S (Those: Reddit). In a nutshell: A Logitech C930 webcam is connected to the games console. Now all they have to do is open the shared link for a FaceTime conversation from the email app and they’re good to go. Good to know: Within iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey it is easy to create links for a FaceTime conference. The other person can then take part in the browser, a separate FaceTime app for Windows, Android and Co. is not necessary.

FaceTime has gained even more features with the current system update:

The problem: Apple TV does not support FaceTime

However, anyone who tries the same thing with the Apple TV will fail. Because neither FaceTime nor a browser runs directly on the set-top box, and an external webcam cannot be connected either. The only way out: “Beam” an active FaceTime conversation to the Apple TV using AirPlay, but then only the screen is mirrored, so it’s not a “real” solution.

So if you want to make FaceTime calls on your TV, you won’t find any help on the Apple TV – a flaw. But maybe Apple will make improvements soon? The iPhone maker is rumored to be working on one Device that combines an Apple TV and a HomePod, which could also get camera support to have FaceTime conversations. But this is not really certain. Until the possible presentation, owners of an Xbox obviously have an advantage and the Apple TV is at a disadvantage.

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