Originally Posted by deveng
I think the real question is what do you really want to do in each different room. If the plan is to stream content, etc, then you could get a Control 4 type setup and use some form of home automation to control the Xbox/PS that way.
If the plan is to play games in each room, but only use the 1 Xbox/Ps4 that is in the game room, then I do not think it will be possible (in a gaming satisfactory way). Personally, I would think just getting another Xbox in each room and directly hooking it up to the TV/AVR in each room would be the best option and in the end not having to worry about distances, lag, dropouts etc. pulling cables, etc.
The Xbox App allows you to stream content from your Xbox to your PC, so in that way you could get the Xbox to work via the PC. Probably with it being hard wired, you could get decent resolution, but there would be a layer of lag that could be annoying.
I had a similar situation a few years back, where I had separate rooms being rewired (home theater, family room, masterbedroom, office, exercise room), and wanted multimedia in each room, including the ability to play games, stream content from my PC, whole house audio, etc. At the end, I just bought an Xbox for each room, and had a separate AVR for each room, but had the control 4 system control everything (sort of). The cost of extra Xbox's and (AVR's) was a pretty small amount overall (in relation to the project cost), but allowed much more flexability.
Hi there, and thanks for the reply.
It's a good question actually. I think the answer is a combination of mindset and hating a missed opportunity. What does that mean? Well the house is very well connected and in a 'sort of' IT data center mindset .... there speaks an IT Director biging himself up!
We have installed a huge amount of CAT 6 RJ45 fed from two Netgear 48 port G/B Switches to every room and external, same with audio and also same to a lesser extent with distributed HDMI. Then all the 'devices' .... AV receivers, Sonos boxes, DVD type stuff is racked up in one room (my office) and fed out. And the same the other side, Satellite, TV, Internet. In short, every device runs via high spend copper except items that have no copper option e.g Roku USB plug in. Very little wireless use. Pretty much just phones and Pixelbook.
Then a good few years back we redeveloped a room to become a games room for kids (now Grand-kids) ... its got every PS 1 to 4, and every Xbox to X Box One x wired though an HDMI switch to a projector. And there's a game race seat, wheel etc. Works really well and is key to managing time spent on consoles etc. Just have to replace carpet every couple of years!!! :-)
And third, I hate tech clutter .... just me but I don't particularly like the huge box under the TV of tech boxes, flashing lights etc.... and come to that we don't have the space. Houses in the US I imagine are generally speaking bigger and so less of a problem. Over here in the 51st state, they tend be smaller so space utilisation is a 'sort of' factor.
So when wiring up a new room just now for a small (but high function) home theater, the idea just grew ... I like the concept of everything, everywhere ... and whilst that's a vague and moving target, it's proved massively useful over time .... if ridiculously hard work and a questionable investment but does just work.
And in the past we have fed PS4 out via mad long USB's and DVI through an HDFury to an outside screen ... was very successful without any delays. Maybe we just got lucky but worked a treat. So I thought this should be simple enough and so far so good .... the HDMI's work fine on all TV's from the HDMI switch. And I've put RJ45's in between the games room with a view to adding USB extenders .... I've seen this solution work without any noticeable delay. But I'm thinking some form of wireless device could be added at the TV end so the 'wire to the wall' for the controller could be eliminated .... now that would be very elegant if possible.
What I've also done (but not tested yet) is install a 10 meter USB 3.1 extender cable. It has some form of signal boost in in-line boxes in the body of the cable. Quite an expensive cable so in theory it should work as well if not better than the RJ45/USB extender configuration. But again if we could identify a 'plug in' that could go at the far end USB cable (at the TV end) and have a wireless Xbox controller there it would be rather nice. That I'm struggling to identify and could use suggestions that have worked nicely.
Take your point entirely that adding a box would by far be the simplest but it sort of flys against our concept some.
Not familiar with Control 4 but for sure will be taking a read.