While the Sony PlayStation console range have their own exclusive features, they are also sometimes late to the party on several key ideas.
Right now, PS4 gamers don’t have access to a free Backwards Compatibility library like that on Microsoft’s Xbox One.
However, they do have the option of buying a PlayStation VR headset and enjoying a new crop of titles, currently not available on Xbox consoles.
But it looks like Xbox One and Xbox One X owners are getting their hands on a new killer feature that hasn’t yet been announced for launch on PS4.
That’s because Kodi is now available on all Xbox One consoles.
Originally dubbed the Xbox Media Centre – the hardware it was originally designed to run on back in 2002 – is now part of the official app lineup available on consoles and Windows.
For those that don’t know Kodi is a neutral, open-source media player that can play local media files, as well as those stored online.
And one of its biggest uses is for streaming content from networked drives.
Apps – known as add-ons – can be built by third-party developers, which has sometime led to users streaming premium content, like paid-for sports and movie channels for free.
While Kodi itself is not illegal, using it to pirate copyrighted content most certainly is.
However, as you might have expected, there are limitations in place for the Xbox One version.
This includes limited access to only part of your Video and Music folders, with Network support limited to only NFS:// shares/.
Other tweaks include Kodi on Xbox One having no access to the Blu-ray drive, to attached storage drive as well as certain compatibility issues with add-ons.
“What you should really understand and keep remembering is that it is still in early stages of development and has very rough edges, might not be as stable as the regular version and may even be missing some functions,” the Kodi team explains.
“Due to the nature of how UWP works our hands are tied in some areas. Some parts are not even finished yet and our developers are still working on getting it up to the regular standard. As of this writing there’s limited access to only what’s part of your Video and Music folders.
“We cannot promise to what extent we can get every feature working as it all depends on what is available to us developers.
“We were aware from the beginning there would be limitations when the work started however that never kept us from realizing that dream of becoming once again available on the device that started it all. It almost feels like being reborn again.
“With this announcement and all the other work being done for the upcoming V18 release, the year 2018 is going to be amazing.”
With the Kodi team having to work since 2016 to get the new app working as part of the Universal Windows Platform, there’s been no news on a PS4 version.
And while no one has ruled out the app coming to the PS4 in the future, it appears that the new killer feature will likely remain an Xbox One exclusive for the time being.