Xbox 720 has DVR-like video capture?

Sources say Microsoft's next-gen platform will allow players to capture and share video highlights just like the PlayStation 4; Achievement system reportedly retooled.

Microsoft's next Xbox will feature DVR-like video capture capabilities, according to sources speaking with Polygon. In a similar way to the PlayStation 4, the confirmed-but-unannounced next-generation Xbox will reportedly allow players to capture and share video highlights of gameplay. These video clips can then reportedly be sent to friends through social networks like Ustream, YouTube, and Facebook.

According to Polygon's sources, the next Xbox will capture and record gameplay in the same way that a DVR would, allowing users to go back and pick out desirable pieces of footage. This function can reportedly be turned on or off and can even be set to automatically record when specific in-game events take place, like headshots.

The PS4 asset sharing features are made possible through the DualShock 4's "Share" button, though Polygon's sources had no indication of how such an offering might work on the next Xbox. Details are still being considered and finalized, they said.

The site's sources have also indicated that Microsoft will retool the Achievement system for the next Xbox, allowing developers to add more achievements to a game after launch without the need for downloadable content.

"This is designed specifically to allow developers to tweak player behavior, perhaps urging players to check out specific areas of a game or get past a difficult spot," the site reports. "Next-gen achievements can also be tied to broader events, like a weekend challenge or a communal goal, like contributing a set number of kills to the bigger goal of 10,000 kills over one weekend."

Lastly, Polygon's sources added to others in saying that the next Xbox will feature some sort of an always-online requirement. This feature is aimed at supporting the "suite of non-gaming entertainment" applications that will reportedly launch with the console and also as an anti-piracy measure. Ultimately, however, the decision to require an Internet connection will be left up to individual publishers, the sources said.

A Microsoft representative told GameSpot, "We're excited to share more about the new generation of games, TV, and entertainment on May 21, but have nothing further to share at this time."

Microsoft announced this week that it will hold a press event on May 21 at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington to "give you a real taste of the future."

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Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Hmmm I'm not one to listen to any rumors or anything from a source that no one even bothers to name properly but that talk of changing achievements on the fly did send shivers down my spine. Please don't be fools and fuck this gen up Microsoft and do something you can't handle. Like always online for example. You will regret it, we will hate it and then we won't have a choice which platform to play on, because it will end up as either PS4 or a new costly PC that I don't have the money for. Not really a choice is it.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

That retooled achievement system sounds interesting, but somewhat worrisome. Sounds fair enough, but I can't help but think about situations where you've perfected or "completed" a game and then suddenly these random new achievements come along.

Well, as long as developers hold back on those ridiculous multiplayer achievements, I'll live.

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

I was hoping for an optional achievements feature announcement.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Looks like it's going to be another gen of identical consoles and games.. and yet M$ will likely charge people for it.

Still, nice to hear something positive for a change!

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Finally some positive news for a change. I really like the new achievements idea, here is hoping Sony also does something similar.

Falru
Falru

You know what else has video capture? Every other serious PC gamer.

Not saying it's not a nice feature, but it's hardly revolutionary. There needs to be some sort of screen sharing for it to hold a candle to PC streaming.

bizuit
bizuit

I just want one new feature, the ability to watch your buddies screen from your Xbox

Darknight765
Darknight765

I swear for all you people saying you hate Xbox and won't buy it, you sure love reading about it.  I honestly can't wait until May 21st so MS can shut all you babies up.  The media has blocked your ability to think.  Cry more about what some random person said with their unnamed sources.    

pwc2
pwc2

The XBox  720 doesn't interests me.....as of now. Maybe after a few years into it, it might change.  

 

wafflekings
wafflekings

Will the DVR make the games better or is it another crappy feature to get 'the internet is new and exciting' people to get an xbox

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

This isnt a feature they just 'added' in over the last month, obviously it was already in the works prior to Sony's anouncement.

SamehH99
SamehH99

I say the next xbox will be focused on social sites, streaming services like netflix, blu ray and dvd player, kinect, internet browsing, music services, and LASTLY games.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

It's funny how the mainstream media ignores all the positive rumors about the next Xbox and only reports on the negative ones.  Or when they do include something positive, they try to spin in in a negative way.


Did anyone read the rumor that the next Xbox will play ALL Xbox 360 games as well?  And how it will be running a Windows 8 version (minus desktop) that will be the most Indie development friendly console of next gen?


Or how about the several rumors lately that indicate the next Xbox will not be always online?


Probably not, because none of the game sites are picking up that rumor.


http://www.gamesradar.com/rumor-xbox-720-always-online-false-backwards-compatible/

http://pastebin.com/avbwJc17


And of course, once something positive about the next Xbox is revealed nobody wants to believe it, but they'll believe anything negative!



Goemons
Goemons

PS4 all the way this time.

waraga
waraga

copy and paste from ms this sucks 

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

Don't care, ain't buying no consoles anymore. Moving up to PC gaming for the awesome indie games on Steam and the awesome deals they always have, keep your stupid paid subscription away from me. All XBL was on 360 was a dashboard full of ads.

zintarr
zintarr

While I will eventually get both for now I am leaning towards the PS4 at the end of this year.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Im sure some part of the hardware will fail every 2 years. With prolonged use, the current slim has bad sectors in the PSU... but its hit or miss... but honeslt cant expect much for a cheap budget console

barrica
barrica

Is the xbox 720 goin to feauture "The Ring of Death" ? Any confirmations by Microsoft on this subject? 

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

And no, Im not trolling saying haha look what PS4 gets...The Nextbox will also supportthis Architecture. .. Im simply Stating Thanks to Nvidias greatness, we can enjoy a better gaming experience. And yes its confusing for most people "But its Ran by AMD"??? Once again Nvidia has the problem solved by Running PhysX through a CPU not A GPU.... anyways "Thanks Nvidia" we knew you were gonna sneak in there somehow :D

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

All this talk of media functionality makes me wonder if this thing has any games lol, guess will see what it has on offer on the 21st of May when Durango is unchained.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Edie Makuch doesn't know if the Xbox 720 has DVR-like video capture?


Then why is he reporting it?

l_skipper
l_skipper

Always online - up to the publisher. Is that so ? If that is to be true then fact is fact  No matter what bull.... you're trying to call that feature, that always online crap. No matter how flashy or catchy name you've got for it. And no matter who you are trying to blame it for or pin it on except you -Micro$oft, I'm definitely NOT going to fall for that.

ForceSkin
ForceSkin

The always online is up to the publisher? Does that mean it won't have to be connected to play games where the publisher isn't doing rigourous DRM?

kik4444
kik4444

I'm still waiting for MS to announce a 720 feature that hasn't been announced by Sony, other than the always online

mezati4
mezati4

hey guys i have friends at Microsoft Game Studios and they says that every one has ps3 there and they are playing uncharted and god of war all the time so yeaaaaaa microsoft just suckss at games!!!!!

trustkill3r
trustkill3r

Microsoft will buy a PS4 to play games :)

179107199999
179107199999

YAY MICROSOFT!! I still remember you stood up for CISPA! No wonder you want a constant internet connection! Oh yeah I heard the govt was interested in Kinect usage as well. Yep good ol' Microsoft.The consumer gamer is always in their heart! Oh this is suppose to be about the DVR function?? Well that is a nice novelty but I find the support for CISPA and Constant Internet connection very fascinating! Let's all support Microsoft!!!

jadeinshades
jadeinshades

I keep hearing about the "always online", and I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to the topic, but what benefit would a company have for making a game that must have a constant internet connection? If a game required a constant internet connection, what would happen if the connection were interrupted? It might make sense if it were a game like WOW (although I don't play WOW so I could be wrong), but to my understanding the game is specifically an online game, which would require a constant connection to play. But as I said I'm totally ignorant and looking to be schooled.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

still a DMR and always on thing on this.....

its still a not buy for me


DEAL WITH IT 

ken_wakashimazu
ken_wakashimazu

that dvr thing is genius, that way you will be able to fast forward all the pizza hut ads while playing!


TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

BTW ...Maybe one day MS will include Optical Audio??? And I dont want to hear anything about "Thats what HDMI is for"... HDMI is great... But Optical Audio sound is far superior at louder volumes w/multiple channels... Especially on Bluray movies. (Another thing MS finally realize they needed to copy)

Yeah remember the HDDVD idea they had??? =Flop

karin_2049
karin_2049

DVR-like video capture? XBOX 720 may even clean my shoes and do my laundry but if the always online thing is real then XBOX 720 is a no no for me

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Microsoft are Greedy. Just like Apple... at first it was great. But when other companies (Android and Sony) give you "Freedom" everyrhing changes... Same reason Apple is falling behide with the iPhone, no innovation... now Android commands 64% of smartphone market Globally! PS4 is innovating, Therfore Xbox with the greedy walled garden will fall behind...

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Actually I do PC gaming as well... depending on the game...

beuneus12
beuneus12

youtube gonna be flooded by them 13year olds showing of their 'skills'

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

Achievments.

Yea, When I first got an xbox I used to try and get them all. But then theres games where you beat it and you get like 35/40 or them. OR you beat it and you have 2 or 3 / 65..... Thats when I just decided that they make my gaming exp boring.

6orange6
6orange6

this tells us all we need to know...

"A Microsoft representative told GameSpot, "We're excited to share more about the new generation of games, TV, and entertainment on May 21, but have nothing further to share at this time."

It does not say  "We're excited to share more about the game console".


Microsoft may think they are being clever here, but they are not. Most TV sets being released right now, are smart TV's. With access to all the entertainment that the next xbox has, but with no monthly gold subscription.

As for always online, re-read the developer notes; this is NOT an option left to software companies, it is a hardware feature.

An iPhone that cannot get signal turns into an iPod. A new xbox that cannot get online turns into a brick.

DarthLod
DarthLod

All this excessive crap I could give two shits about. If it doesn't have and play good games WITH NO RROD, I could give a hoot about all this other garbage. I dont WANT or even care for this stuff.

ItchyIsVegeta
ItchyIsVegeta

They can add as much bells and whistles as they want.  If I can't play the system when on vacation, in a nice house next to the lake, like I did my 360 last weekend (where only dial-up is available), I am not buying the system.  Yes I am ripping on "always online"!

frylock616
frylock616

Ahhhh, I see what Microsoft is doing for next gen. Being lazy.


"Lets see what these guys announce before we announce anything and just take the best ideas they have and pass them off as our own! but only this time...players will be KINECTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


So happy I wont waste money on a garbage American console.

3Dsoldier
3Dsoldier

woah! a good thing about the upcoming xbox?!

obsequies
obsequies

some of the only non gimmicky and gamer respecting things to be out this generation were steam and the flood of great indie games. I don't even see how touch and motion controls can compare to something with as much as an impact on gaming. I think this next gen will disappoint even more but with less gimmicks and more bullsh!t

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

This is pretty obvious. PS4 is doing this too I think so Microsoft is going to have to do it as well to stay neck to neck with Sony.

caseysrodeo
caseysrodeo

Destiny will be a xbox exclusive.......

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

You guys do realize this is basically saying the next Xbox will leave "always-online" or a one time verification when you boot up the disc to the publishers which is exactly what the PS4 will do. Every game that requires an "always-online" connection like Bungie's Destiny, will require an "always-online" connection no matter what console you choose to play it on. Same with a one time verification, Sony said they will leave blocking used games up to the publishers, this is what they mean by that.

TrueGB
TrueGB

Basically Halo's file share system, but for all games.