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Xbox One DVR Records The Last Five Minutes Of Gameplay

Jonathan Lester
DVR, Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One DVR Records The Last Five Minutes Of Gameplay

"Xbox, Record That"

Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One's built-in DVR records the last five minutes of gameplay, ten minutes less than the PS4. That said, some handy voice commands might make the feature more convenient. Maybe.

"The idea is you're always recording," Microsoft Studios creative director Ken Lobb told a San Diego Comic-Con panel while demonstrating Xbox One's DVR. "The last five minutes of any game you're playing are always being stored on your hard drive."

Once captured, the footage can be edited or overlain with a voice track, before being shared online. Livestreaming footage online is also possible, as is quickly saving 30 seconds of video if you've managed to pull off a sensational stunt in the middle of a tense multiplayer game.

"Say you're playing online and you just did the best thing ever - you can't pause as you're playing online," Lobb continued. "You can say 'Xbox, record that' and it'll grab the last 30 seconds of gameplay for you to play around with later."

Xbox One's DVR will apparently capture game footage to commemorate achievements and challenges. Conversely, the PS4 automatically records the last 15 minutes of play, which can be edited and pushed onto social networks via the Share button (depending on the specific game).

Are you looking forward to sharing your gaming prowess with the waiting world?

[Thanks, Gamespot]

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Quietus  Jul. 22, 2013 at 14:02

Cue a load of kids uploading fluked knife throws from CoD, saying they they are the best shot, EVAR!

smike  Jul. 22, 2013 at 14:03

I'm not looking forward to all the crappy YouTube uploads from kids thinking an RPG kill is epic

Late  Jul. 22, 2013 at 14:21

Meh. I'll probably end up recording bits and pieces, and clogging up my hard drive, but doubt I'd get much uploaded or shared.

There's a half million people playing/played whatever I'm playing. It'd have to be something pretty bloody spectacular to get me to record and share a clip of something under those circumstances, and even then I probably wouldn't bother.

Oh - just thought. Making COD emblems. Yeah, I'd probably need a premium youtube subscription for all the videos I'd be uploading.

Seriously, though - nah, I wouldn't really be all that interested in the feature.
If I were the type to want to upload gameplay videos I think I'd be a lot happier with fifteen minutes than just five, though. You ain't going to get a full level/race/battle on a five minute record. If you're doing a walkthrough or similar then two or three fifteen min videos is a lot tidier than having 6-9 five min videos...

DivideByZero  Jul. 22, 2013 at 14:51

Cue a load of kids uploading fluked knife throws from CoD, saying they they are the best shot, EVAR!

Well, that's exactly what I'd be using it for ;)

5 minutes though, that's just about 1 round on a quick game... useless. Even 15 minutes is cutting it fairly fine.

With 5 minutes, I expect people will just upload the whole thing for just one 2 second kill... with a longer video, you are more forced into editing.

Well, we will see how it pans out and this wont be set in stone I'm sure. Could change with any update easily.

Tsung  Jul. 22, 2013 at 14:54

Recording gameplay is so going to bite them on the ****. The first game that is buggy as hell will have 100's of videos of peeved off players demonstrating the bugs.

It's a double edged sword, the developer could use the videos to recreate and fix the bugs, or ignore them making them look like they are only in it for the money.

Breadster  Jul. 22, 2013 at 18:44

I'm not sure 15 mins is enough, never mind 5.

t4v  Jul. 22, 2013 at 23:24

The moment Sony brought this up in February all I could think about was how bloated Youtube will become with TB's of crappy game video.

JonLester  Jul. 23, 2013 at 09:33

Personally, I actually reckon that the 30-second snips will be more useful than 5 or 15 minute chunks. Posting a cool kill (or let's be realistic: unbelievably fluky trick shot that wasn't called beforehand) should be relatively easy as opposed to sifting/editing footage. Most game missions/levels last longer than 15 minutes, while secrets etc take much less time to find.

I suppose it would be possible to privately livestream to YT, then grab the footage and edit it on PC if you wanted to make lets plays etc, but it would be a faff. Reckon there'll still be plenty of calls for capture cards.

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