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Microsoft's Xbox already supports FaceTime calls

via:IT之家     time:2022/1/11 23:12:09     readed:71

According to MacRumors, one user highlighted that IT's now possible to add Apple FaceTime calls from your TV using Microsoft's Xbox, something that isn't yet available on Apple TV.


In a post on Reddit, user U/JavonTEvans explained how they use their Xbox to make FaceTime calls on their TV. Simple setup involves using a Logitech C930 webcam connected to the Xbox Series S. To join a FaceTime call, they simply open the Microsoft Edge browser on their Xbox, navigate to their email provider, and open the email with a FaceTime link.


Thanks to the FaceTime link, IT's theoretically possible to do this from any device that has Google's Browser or Microsoft's Edge browser installed, IT Home learned. Apple introduced FaceTime links in iOS15, iPadOS15 and macOS Monterey last year, giving users of non-apple devices like android smartphones and Windows PCS an easy way to join in FaceTime calls, There is no need for dedicated applications.

Because the Apple TV doesn't have a FaceTime app, an extra port to connect to the camera, or a browser that opens a FaceTime link, Apple's own TV devices can't make FaceTime calls at all. The only option for Apple TV users is to make a FaceTime call from another device via AirPlay, but video will still stream from the host's camera.

After discontinuing HomePod in March 2021, multiple reports said Apple was working on a combined Apple TV and HomePod device that could be equipped with a camera to support FaceTime calls. This seems to be supported, with Apple adding FaceTime and iMessage frameworks, as well as AVFCapture for capturing images, to the underlying software running on HomePod, a move that could be adapted to future combined devices.

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